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A good power bank | A must-have travel gadget for world travelers

Who travels needs electricity. In 2021 we actually do everything with the smartphone during our backpack or world travels. That smartphone will have to be powered with electricity. Sounds simple, but on the road it is often not so easy. Navigate, book hotels or hostels, search and compare tours, translate via Google translate, Facebook, polarsteps, Instagram† We do everything on the phone. And when this amazing device is suddenly empty, you feel like a fish out of water. Fortunately, there is a solution! And in this article we tell you all about it.

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Excursions without power supply

In addition to regular, long-term flight, bus and boat trips, there are also excursions with very limited or even without power supply. Those great off-the-grid tours where you will have no power for 3 to 5 days on a boat or deep in the jungle. Arriving at a dream place and not being able to capture it on image due to a lack of battery capacity, arg! That is a real hell for many.

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Also completely 'off the grid' you should be able to last a few days without electricity. It's not that you have to be on your cell phone all day while traveling, quite the contrary. But who really has a dead battery on the way is very limited and will not be able to do anything in an emergency.

A suitable power bank

Anyone who goes on a trip nowadays most likely first looks for a suitable one Powerbank† Before you buy one, think about what you might need to be able to charge with it. Is only a limited backup battery for your phone enough? Or do you also want to be able to charge your laptop with it? In that case, you could consider a larger power bank (with more mAh). The number of mAh is the battery capacity† A new Smartphone nowadays needs about 4000 mAh for a full charge. Power banks are available from 1000 to 20.000 mAh, so in theory you should be able to charge your phone 5x with the most beautiful power bank.

Suitable for backpackers and travelers

Then of course there is the mobility, build quality and weight. Ideally, your power bank can take a beating and it is not too heavy. In your backpack or daypack, every gram is one too many, so the lighter and more compact the device, the nicer it is to travel with. Some power banks also have an IP67 or IP68 waterproof rating, just like modern smartphones. All things to keep in mind if you are going to buy a power bank for travel.

Packing all travel gadgets

Now that you're going to add another power bank to all the other travel gadgets you're already carrying, the next challenge comes: how are you going to take all this with you on a trip? Our own collection of travel gadgets has grown from a simple camera and tablet to a whole laundry list of gadgets. This will probably be no different for you. Our digital gadget packing list is as follows:

  • 2x Huawei P30 Phones + 2 Chargers
  • Fuji X-T20 system camera + 3 batteries + charger + tripod
  • GoPro Hero 8 + 4 batteries + charger + stick
  • DJI Mavic Air 2 drone + 3 batteries + remote control + charger
  • RAVPower Powerstation Xtreme Series
  • About 10 Micro-SD cards
  • 4 world plugs for all continents
  • And a lot of cables to connect everything

LowePro Slingshot camera bag

In order to store all this safely and as compactly as possible, we have purchased a special camera bag with thick walls. Where we used to put everything in our 'daypacks', we noticed that it was time for a real camera travel bag that has that little bit extra to offer. Special compartments for your camera, cables, SD cards and so on. I can store all gadgets, power banks including all accessories in this compact bag and the extra thick protective walls also ensure that your expensive items can take a beating.

That's it for now! With a large power bank and a protective bag, you are all set for the next adventure. Have fun traveling!

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