So this forum is somewhat on the quiet side after the giveaways they did way back to reward attention here (hint: Anker!)
I moved my portable devices to USB and now my portable life is all USB and I travel now with only USB devices and chargers and powerbanks. The shrinkage of total traveling luggage size is impressive, I have reduced my multi overnight bag from 40L to 16L (not all technology, clothing changes also) so now I can pretty much travel the world indefinitely just with this.
That bag contains a coat to get me to 20F, food, water, laptop, all the chargers, cables, two change of clothes.
The liberation of being to walk anywhere, Uber/Lyft, be the last to board and no concerns of roller bags, and to be able to not care about access to mains power, to last off-grid for days, is a cool feeling.
A couple of weeks ago I was in a snowy airport heading to an airport which had approaching bad weather and my flight had an "indefinite delay" so as I only had this luggage I walked quickly to a service desk and negotiated. It ended up me getting the last seat about to fly out due to no checked bag to move, no need to check a bag and took a small seat in a plane fully stuffed with luggage, I could just walk on, sit and down. This in effect let me queue jump. I got home hours earlier. On that flight, I had no power, no Wifi, no entertainment and watched downloaded videos and got home all devices charged.
I am about travel about 25,000 miles over 3 weeks and in the last couple of months been trialing kit options on shorter trips to find what works better/worse. These are my 2017 "best travel power system" current views:
Best battery: Powercore 10000. The 10Ah is a sweetspot as its pretty much a phone full recharge and a tablet full recharge which gets you a >1 full day. In worst case once tablet drained then just use the phone. I have tried the Powercore Slim 5000, Powercore 26800, and also the Powercore Fusion 5000.
Best charger: Powerport2 (but for reasons related to airports, hotels). This one is the most complicated. I like the Powerport5 USB-C for its port density but the cord length is the problem. Either the mains power is right there in front of you, or it is the Powerport5 distance away, or it is further away. You cannot predict. If you use the Powerport5, then if the mains socket is immediately there you have a more complicated setup, if the mains socket is too far away you can't reach it. So what I find works in all situations is a 12ft mains extension cord. Then a Powerport2 plugged in. This works internationally as at the end of the 12ft cord is the local country plug adapter. The typical USA extension cord plugs in 3 devices, so then I attach multiple chargers. This allows to cover for the more esoteric power recharging needs, such as my OnePlus3T "DASH" charger which is proprietary.
- Best USB cables. Well here I go with a couple of the free short ones with the Anker devices and a couple of really long ones. This then solves all the most cramped to the most extended situations. The shorter ones tend to suit mains power close or if you're using the Powercore in a flight, the longer ones for the intermediate or extreme situations. The longer the cable the most the quality matters and I use the Powerline+, the shorter cables I use microUSB and USB-C adapters.
The 12ft mains power extension is handy for hanging laundry drying. The 2 changes of clothes = one on, one in the wash, one ready to wear, so drying is part of the system. Not all hotels have all their room parts just right, sometimes you need a strong rope.
Not Anker related but FYI these are my non-Anker gadgets:
Google Pixel C. Tough, fast, good battery life, 3A 5V input. The Powerport2 2.4A 5V is a close match.
OnePlus3T. It has a proprietary charger, so I carry it and it falls back to 2A 5V from the Powerport2 so I can use the Anker or proprietary charge.
Spare / fallback tablet: Nexus 7. This suits cramped airline seats
Spare / fallback phone: Moto G4 Play. This last days of a charge.
The spare devices represent carried internal charged batteries so collectively mean I don't need to carry a whole lot of Mah in Powercore. If you ever look at the added external battery capacity due to the 3.7V/5V difference with Watt-hours, a spare fully charged device is about the size of the added external battery power.
- what is your best travel system?
- how much does Anker suit you?
- where are Anker's product gaps?