Coincidence? I doubt it. Last month Nicole made the trek to San Jose to attend the annual BlogHer conference and I’m sure more than one daiquiri was consumed. If you’ve been to one of their gatherings in past years, you know it is three days of networking, socializing, learning and most of all, running back and forth from location to location as you try to squeeze as much as you can into the extended weekend. She was honored to be on a panel of speakers for U.S. Cellular as well as an ambassador for McDonald’s and their amazing closing party featuring Reverend Run of Run DMC fame. But what she forgot was how quickly your phone battery depletes when it is constantly searching for new connections as you go in and out of buildings.
Fortunately she remembered to bring her portable battery from Tego, but it didn’t do her much good when she left it in her hotel room to make room in the purse for extra business cards. It’s too late to save her now, but we have found a solution for next time that is not only affordable but stylish as well: the Jackery Leaf.
Instead of just trying to attach an external battery to your iPhone, Jackery takes a unique approach in that they provide you with two different colored phone cases that can be left on your phone and used as your regular protective solution. When you’re ready to travel (or just don’t want to be caught off-guard), you slip the phone, case and all, into the specially-designed battery. Connecting at the bottom through Apple’s charging port and on the back of the case via a button & hole technique, it holds your phone securely in place for both carrying and using.
Of course adding a second ‘case’ to your phone along with a hefty 2400 mAh battery will add some bulk, but fortunately they have kept the total weight of the accessory to only 3.4 ounces. The smooth rounded edges of the battery shell allows for easy stowing in your pocket or purse.
This battery is a true ‘backup’ in the sense that it is not in an always-charging state. Rated to hold its charge for up to six months, you activate it by holding a discreet power button on the back and it begins to dump its storage to your phone, recharging it to full in a few hours. Of course you can also use your phone while it is charging – if only Nicole had one of these in California, then she wouldn’t have missed singing her girls to sleep at night! You can find them on Amazon for around $60 and in a couple different color combinations.
Jackery isn’t a one-trick pony though, they have another battery solution for when this one runs out and it is humongous! If you need more power than what this portable battery supplies then you need to just run to Sears and pick up a DieHard and jumper cables. I present to you the Jackery Giant+!
Weighing in at a claimed 10.4 ounces (ours weighed exactly 11.0 ounces), this behemoth stores up to 12,000mAh of power, extending the capacity of most smart phones 500%! That’s more than double of what we’re using with our Tego at a size not that much larger! The Giant+ features two charging ports (one 1.0A and one 2.1A) along with an unnecessary, but handier-than-I-thought-it-would-be LED flashlight.
Even though the case for the Leaf is plastic and the Giant+ is aluminum, Jackery did a great job of assuring that the colors matched (which obviously my color-challenged wife will appreciate).
If the Giant+ is too big for your needs, Jackery has a whole line of different sized portable battery options in a handful of colors. You can always contact them through their Facebook and Twitter pages to watch for new product announcement or to just bother them about making more colors! Just don’t do like us and leave them in the hotel room – the maids might wonder what the batteries are REALLY for!