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When it comes to hurricanes or other emergency situations, you know what they say: Better safe than sorry.
Portable power banks provide peace of mind. Not only do they shed light should things go dark, but they can power up life-sustaining equipment and your fridge for keeping food and medicines safe.
Compact and drop-proof, the Jackery Armor Waterproof Power Bank can handle liquids, snow and dirt. It has a large charging capacity with 9000mAh (milliamp hour) and features a microUSB port, a USB-A port, a compass, a carabiner, an LED flashlight and a 24-month warranty. Use it to plug in lights and radios, and charge laptops and smartphones, including the Apple iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10.
Shop it: $18 (was $28), amazon.com
“The charger truly lives up to its ‘Armor’ moniker,” wrote a happy five-star Amazon customer. “It both charges devices and takes a charge very quickly, and the compass and carabiner, combined with it being lightweight, make it an ideal choice for people going out for a hike or fishing trip or even wandering about town. Definitely one of the most durable chargers out there and a much more practical travel option than some bulkier chargers.”
Shop it: Jackery Armor Waterproof Power Bank, $18 (was $28), amazon.com
The Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer is much bigger than the power bank and can handle multiple devices for longer periods of time. It packs a punch with a 240 watt-hour lithium-ion battery. It’s designed to charge just about anything, from smartphones and laptops to mini-coolers and drones. It comes with two USB-A ports, one DC car port, a 110-volt AC power outlet and a 24-month warranty.
And no need to save it for an emergency: Take it camping, hunting or wherever you need some juice.
Shop it: $187 (was $250), amazon.com
“Today was my test day and I must say I am extremely happy with this product,” wrote another satisfied reviewer. “Besides camping, I live in a hurricane prone area and two things I have learned: You can't take everything with you and you don't know what you will be facing when you return after an evacuation. I keep copies of insurance papers, photos of my home inside and out and store all of my vital information on my laptop to show the insurance company. I have charged my laptop, two phones, handheld radios, emergency lighting and tested it with my CPAP and all worked well. When I need to evacuate this will go with me. I would also like to mention the sales/service department that answered all of my questions. I took this with me to the VFW post and my fellow campers were interested and are considering getting one of their own.”
Shop it: Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer, $187 (was $250), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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