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How to charge your iPad or iPhone while on the go

Rob Clymo | April 8, 2013
There’s nothing worse than running out of juice, so get yourself covered for any eventuality by calling on the convenience of a portable charger

Mobile gadgets are all well and good, but there's no escaping the fact that we're all at the mercy of battery life. It doesn't matter if you've got an iPhone, iPod, iPad or any other mobile gadget, because without power you're pretty much dead in the water.

There's nothing more frustrating than anticipating a lengthy music or games-playing session, only to find that your power bar is dwindling away to nothing. More crucially, if you've got a deadline looming or important work to complete and you're relying on your device to get it done, then having access to an 'always on' power supply is vital.

The good news is that there are plenty of accessories that can keep you powered up, both at home and while you're out and about. Out of the box, iOS devices come with the standard mains power source, which you can of course use in other locations - and also overseas, with the benefit of a simple plug adaptor. That's fine if you have access to a mains electricity supply. If not, the next best thing is a standalone device that'll keep you topped up until you find a plug socket.

Portable power options

The TeckNet iEP390 11000mAh external battery pack is good on the eye, won't break the bank and will keep you charged

Buying a portable charging solution will set you back a reasonable amount of money, and it's worth remembering that you'll have something extra to take with you on your travels. Nevertheless, knowing that you've got a constant supply of power can be both stress-relieving and hugely convenient, especially if you simply cannot be without access to your iOS device.

Once such item is the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo external battery (around £80,, which isn't cheap, but boasts high-output technology that can recharge two iPhone, iPad or iPod devices at a time. Not only is it wonderfully easy to use, but the mophie features LED indicator lights, allowing you to keep tabs on how much life is left in the charger itself. Better still, it weighs just 200g, and is designed to fit easily into a bag when you're going away.

An extra £20 or so will bag you the Just Mobile Gum Max supercharged rechargeable battery (, which sounds rather grander than it actually is. Again, this offers up the capacity for powering up your iPad, iPhone or iPod, but can also be used with other USB devices. The robust aluminium housing makes it durable, but it weighs in at a little heavier 273g.

If you're looking for an altogether more muscular power supply to take on your travels, then the Veho Pebble Pro-XT (£99.95, warrants further investigation. Not only can this bruiser power your iOS gadgets, but it can also charge larger mobile devices, such as notebooks. It comes with an array of connector tips, but weighs 396g, so it's one of the heavier options.


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