The world is getting smaller, and it is becoming a lot easier for people to travel for both personal and business reasons. When jetting off for business or pleasure, however, it is important to remain in contact with friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, clients, and customers. Mobile phones provide this service, alongside a host of others that keep people entertained on long journeys, and in touch with the world through the luxury of mobile Internet browsing. Moreover, many people use their phones to take pictures, capture video, plan their days, organise their lives, and do a huge range of others things. All of this is largely spurred on by the growth of the app market, and with thousands upon thousands of apps to choose from, many phones can now be completely customised, making them entirely unique to the user. In order to keep phones running, chargers are needed. Unfortunately, while on the move, mains power outlets will not be available: consequently, portable chargers have become extremely popular for this reason. These allow people to charge their phones wherever they happen to be, and are particularly useful when on the move, and in emergencies.
About Portable Chargers
The whole point of portable chargers is to allow people to charge their phones when driving, on the train, on a plane, or on any other form of transport where alternative charging options are not available. For longer journeys, such as long flights, this is particularly important, especially when the phone is being relied upon for entertainment purposes. Using the phone to watch films or play games will drain the battery quickly, and after a couple of hours, it may run out of charge. With a portable charger, however, the phone can find itself back up and running in no time. Moreover, portable chargers are excellent in emergencies, especially when backpacking or travelling to places with limited infrastructure. In such situations, having a backup power source for a phone will help to ensure that anyone is able to contact emergency services, or simply friends or family, when needed.
Types of Portable Chargers
There are several different types of portable chargers that will run anywhere in the world. These include:
Battery Powered Chargers
These portable phone chargers are the most common, and they come in a huge range of different styles and designs to suit a huge range of phones. They generally use AAA batteries, and simply connect to the phone through a basic connection port. Naturally, making sure that the phone is compatible with the charger is essential.
Solar Powered Chargers
Solar powered chargers run off a completely self-sustaining energy source - the sun. As such, they are hugely efficient and environmentally friendly. While they can be relatively expensive, these costs are often offset by the fact that it will not be necessary to buy batteries to make them work: as such, the initial purchase is the only cost involved. These chargers use photovoltaic solar cells to harness the solar energy of the sun and use it to power the mobile phone's battery. They come in a massive range of styles to suit various different phones brands, but are much more efficient when used in areas that get a lot of sunlight. As such, while they may not be hugely useful when travelling on a plane or train, for example, they will be when on holiday, especially during summer holidays in sunny countries. Depending on the product, some chargers will only charge the battery in direct sunlight, while others will store the charge to be used for later.
Hand Crank Chargers
For real emergencies, hand crank chargers are useful. However, they are only really intended as last resort chargers, when other options are unavailable. These chargers generate energy through muscle power, and generally only generate a small amount of charge with a decent amount of effort. While the amount of charge that is created will vary significantly depending on the product, in general about a minute of cranking may create enough charge to make a 30 second phone call. However, their major benefit is the fact that they can be used anywhere in the world, and they require no other energy source other than a bit of effort and sweat. In addition, modern versions are small enough to be taken in travel bags.
Car chargers are extremely useful for long car journeys. While they are not strictly portable, they can be taken on holiday and trips where a car will be rented. For example, when going on a family holiday during the summer, it may be necessary to rent a car. Packing a car charger for the trip will, therefore, be a sensible option for those who intend on spending a fair bit of time behind the wheel. However, do be sure to check that the rental car is compatible with the charger, or vice versa.
USB chargers are also excellent when travelling, especially for business purposes. The reason for this is because they are generally run off of a laptop, and use the laptops battery to charge up the phones battery. Some mains chargers will have a detachable plug that links to a USB connection. If someone is travelling for business, and they wish to get some work done during a plane or train journey, a USB charger will allow them to charge their phone en-route. Many trains and planes will have plug sockets into which laptop chargers can be plugged: the mobile USB charger can then simply feed off of this power, rather than taking up another plug socket which may not be available.
General Points of Consideration
When searching for portable mobile phone chargers, remember to closely consider whether the product has been made by an official, or unofficial manufacturer. Branded products are more pricey, but will invariably be higher quality and more reliable. Unbranded products will be made by a host of smaller manufacturers and will, therefore, be sold at a range of different prices and in a range of different qualities. The only way for anyone to know whether a product is suitable for their needs is to conduct some simple research. So, always take time to read descriptions carefully, look at ratings, and read customers reviews. Any product or seller with poor reviews and ratings should be immediately discounted in favour of those who are well regarded. Remember, quality is more important than cost and, while it is possible to find both low cost, and high quality products, it is never a good idea to buy simply based on price. Once these considerations have been taken into account, it will be time to start searching for appropriate products.
Buying Portable Mobile Phone Chargers on eBay
When it comes time to buy a portable mobile phone charger, there is no better place to turn than eBay. The easiest way to begin searching on the site is by simply using the search function on the main homepage. Type in some relevant keywords and a host of specific results will be listed. An alternative option is to simply run through the different categories for a more general search. To do this, start by clicking the Electronics & Technology link on the homepage, and then Mobile & Home Phones when the next page loads. Next, hit Mobile Phone Accessories, and lastly Chargers & Docks. Now simply look through the listings for relevant results. In addition, click the tabs down the left to search for specific types, brands, price ranges, and so on.
There is nothing more annoying than running out of charge when using a phone for both communicative and entertainment purposes when travelling. In addition, a mobile phone is a lifesaver when faced with emergency situations, so keeping it charged is essential at all times, especially for those who find themselves in foreign climes. Portable chargers help to solve this issue, so it's important that anyone add one in to their travel kit when jetting off anywhere for either business or pleasure.