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#1
Cleveland, Ohio
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Hi all,

I'm looking for favorite portable cell phone chargers. I've checked out a few models but wouldn't mind some advice from any that are tried & true. Wandering around big ships I may run out of battery quick!

Thanks in advance,

Lisa N.
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#2
Bellingham, WA
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Originally posted by CLE2CRUISE
Hi all,

I'm looking for favorite portable cell phone chargers. I've checked out a few models but wouldn't mind some advice from any that are tried & true. Wandering around big ships I may run out of battery quick!

Thanks in advance,

Lisa N.
When you say "portable cell phone chargers," do you mean an external battery that you can take along in case your phone runs out of power while out and about? Or do you mean the charger that plugs into an outlet that you use to recharge the phone/etc?

Actually, my answer in both cases would be the same: I've had very good luck with Anker products.

I use an Anker PowerCore 13000 Compact 13000mAh 2-Port Ultra-Portable Phone Charger Power Bank that's small and lightweight, but holds a charge. I've gotten 4 full charges (taking my iPhone 6S from < 10% power remaining to 100%) on a single PowerCore charge. It does take awhile to recharge, but I just plug it in overnight, and it's ready to go the next day. I've had it since last February, and just got a case for it for my upcoming trip (first cruise ever, Holland America Amsterdam, 2 weeks Alaska). It's small enough to slip into my smallish shoulder bag and doesn't weigh a ton, either.

And I use an Anker 60W 6-port wall charger to charge phone, iPad, selfie stick, pen/stylus, PowerCore Charger, etc.

I have no connection with Anker other than being a happy repeat customer. I use their cables, currently using one of their USB hubs on my MacBook -- just very satisfied with the quality.

Lana in Bellingham
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#3
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Originally posted by ArtsyCraftsy
I use an Anker PowerCore 13000 Compact 13000mAh 2-Port Ultra-Portable Phone Charger Power Bank that's small and lightweight, but holds a charge.
A quick note about these devices. The FAA placed a limit on these earlier this year... 100 watt hours per battery (or about 20000 mAh). I'm not sure if they're all gone yet, but last time I checked, some folks were still trying to dump their stock of 21,000-28,000 mAh power banks, so be careful. If you fly to the port, more isn't always better.
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#4
Cleveland, Ohio
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Originally posted by ArtsyCraftsy
When you say "portable cell phone chargers," do you mean an external battery that you can take along in case your phone runs out of power while out and about? Or do you mean the charger that plugs into an outlet that you use to recharge the phone/etc?



Actually, my answer in both cases would be the same: I've had very good luck with Anker products.



I use an Anker PowerCore 13000 Compact 13000mAh 2-Port Ultra-Portable Phone Charger Power Bank that's small and lightweight, but holds a charge. I've gotten 4 full charges (taking my iPhone 6S from < 10% power remaining to 100%) on a single PowerCore charge. It does take awhile to recharge, but I just plug it in overnight, and it's ready to go the next day. I've had it since last February, and just got a case for it for my upcoming trip (first cruise ever, Holland America Amsterdam, 2 weeks Alaska). It's small enough to slip into my smallish shoulder bag and doesn't weigh a ton, either.



And I use an Anker 60W 6-port wall charger to charge phone, iPad, selfie stick, pen/stylus, PowerCore Charger, etc.



I have no connection with Anker other than being a happy repeat customer. I use their cables, currently using one of their USB hubs on my MacBook -- just very satisfied with the quality.



Lana in Bellingham


Hi! Thanks. I meant the former. I happened to have purchased one about 5 minutes before you sent this (lol of course!) but it also happened to be an anker so I think I'm
Good. Excellent reviews and all.

I appreciate your help!

Lisa N


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#5
Bellingham, WA
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Originally posted by bUU
A quick note about these devices. The FAA placed a limit on these earlier this year... 100 watt hours per battery (or about 20000 mAh). I'm not sure if they're all gone yet, but last time I checked, some folks were still trying to dump their stock of 21,000-28,000 mAh power banks, so be careful. If you fly to the port, more isn't always better.
Great points for sure. I'm taking the train to my embarkation port for this trip, but will flying to all my other future cruises. My 13000 mAh does a great job, so I'll keep an eye on the FAA limits.

Thanks!

Lana
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#6
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i also came by to rave about ankers.

i did not know about the faa limit. i've traveled with multiple batteries in the past. i'll have to be more careful.
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I like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A universal adapter with 2x USB charging ports. So can charge two devices at one time, plus still use the outlet. And onboard, you can use one of the Euro outlets (if US, or vice versa), that you would not normally be using.

Realize this converts the PLUG, but NOT the VOLTAGE. Euro outlets are 220 volts, US outlets are 110 volts. Make SURE any device you plug into the adapter, it is safe for the voltage.
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Originally posted by SRF
I like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A universal adapter with 2x USB charging ports. So can charge two devices at one time, plus still use the outlet. And onboard, you can use one of the Euro outlets (if US, or vice versa), that you would not normally be using.

Realize this converts the PLUG, but NOT the VOLTAGE. Euro outlets are 220 volts, US outlets are 110 volts. Make SURE any device you plug into the adapter, it is safe for the voltage.
The OP wants a portable battery, not a plug.
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I'm pretty happy with my Anker purchase so far! Thanks for the help and advice, everyone!!

Lisa N.
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#10
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Originally posted by CLE2CRUISE
Hi all,



I'm looking for favorite portable cell phone chargers. I've checked out a few models but wouldn't mind some advice from any that are tried & true. Wandering around big ships I may run out of battery quick!



Thanks in advance,



Lisa N.

DH and I each have a Mophie Powerstation 3x battery. It will fully charge my iPhone 6 and my full size iPad.


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With the newer iPhone (mine is 5S, as a global travel & backup phone) - integrated battery case (Alpatronix BX-120 with 2,400 maH rating, charged via micro-usb cable) - boosting the internal 1,500 maH battery, more than 2.5X normal standby/usage - good for easily 2 days of moderate to heavy usage, depending on Apps being run. Otherwise, a week of standby mode & light use, seldom the need to take out the charger.


For charging on the road/go - a high-output dual USB compact/folder, dual-voltage charger by iClever, works with iOS Lightning cables and Android smartphones & tablets ... micro-usb and usb-C cables, easily topping off devices in 30 minutes to 1 hour, while in-between (airport lounges & boarding gate) - does not block the 2nd. wall outlet.

Otherwise, Anker's hi-output charger with 4 usb-ports (newer ones has 5 ... bulky & heavier) - same compatibility as above.

For reserved & standalone 5v power in the middle of nowhere (i.e. unexpected power outage) - aside from a dual-outpout 12 volt vehicle charger (rental cars, etc.) with lighter plug to tap for charging, taking minimum of space ... carry an Allpowers slim USB battery, rated up to 5,500 maH (about the size of an iPhone 5) - enough reserve to power my Nexus 5X smartphone and either Nexus 7 tablet or iPad Mini for travel (those 10+ hours T/A or T/P long haul flights ... plane's onboard usb port are fine for staying connected but not always good enough for keeping devices fully charged).


Newer models of iClever and Anker are all on Amazon, along with Allpowers - a simple 2 LED's or 3 LED's usb light plugged in served as a portable lantern for general lightning for a small area ... continuously for easily several days (a safe, modern day hurricane "lamp") *** For cruising, the mini-LED is excellent as a night light to find one's way to the stateroom's bathroom, it is very bright & barely drain the battery at all.
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Just a thought here. A lot of people like to carry a torch with them too for varying reasons (one person said the ship had a power outage and has carried a torch since. Thing is, you can now get a rechargeable torch that can charge from USB, solar or even hand crank that can also double as a phone charger (many even have a built in radio but that isn't much use on board). Some of these are getting to be pretty small and are quite cheap so may be a good multipurpose alternative.

Example ......

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Emergenc...iQVPnBqSihD4og

Although how long the link will be valid, I can't say
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Another vote for Anker products. When we travel, I carry two lipstick-sized chargers - one for me and one for my husband. They have kept us going all day. We plug them in to charge them every night at the hotel or ship. Wouldn't be without them.
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