Get a portable phone charger, you’ll need it some day


Your baby isn’t going to stop having anaphylactic shock while you wait 15 minutes for your phone to get enough juice to call 911, so unless you have a home phone or neighbors who are home all the time you’ve got to have a way to make that call.

Rather than go through a patronizing list of potential horrible scenarios, which if depicted on a product would invariably involve a woman at night in the rain with a baby and a broke down car (I’m pretty sure I’m looking at you PSX, but I’m not at Costco to look at that battery charger at the moment,) I’ll just point out that you can do the math – you need some way to make an emergency call when your phone is dead or nearing death.

To those ends, here are some chargers I’ve reviewed elsewhere in the past, links to said reviews, and updated commentary on how they ended up working for me. I’m not linking to anything I reviewed that later let me down, nor am I linking to anything that has less than a full average cell phone charge.

Eton BoostTurbine

Breett 10,000mAh power bank

Patriot FUEL+ power bank

myCharge Hub 6000

I’ll either update this or make a new piece as new chargers come out. This year will see chargers that can kick start your phone as well as your car, flashlight chargers, and all sorts of great improvements on the idea. One of the ones I saw at CES charges from either a wall outlet, a USB port, or a power adapter in a car. There were also shoe insole chargers that may make it to market this year.

These things are great, and if you have a kid are something you might want to consider investing in. As a note, you can go cheap per mAh, or more expensive for features, I think of the 40 something chargers I’ve written about these are all pretty decent, but I know I’ve left out a lot that were similar and the price might be better.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.