Value for Money 2.1
One of the equipment upgrades that I needed prior to my Bibbulmun Track hike was a new power bank and given that I was in full blogging mode with anything up to seven days between recharge points I had to get this right. Full blogging mode for me currently includes carrying the following electronics:
I’ve always been a power bank user, mainly because rain and heavy tree coverage always seems to be companion on many of the hikes that I do so solar panels don’t work so well for me.
In looking at what to buy part of my decision making process was to estimate the size of the power bank that I needed which meant that I needed to have an understanding of:
Go too small and your devices will run flat, go too big and you are carrying needless weight. I also prefer to buy something locally (Australia).
There are so many power bank options available to choose from but given I was carrying an iPad which take a while to charge I wanted a power bank with USB-C connectivity (check your devices for compatability). Not really necessary if you are just charging a phone but if you are charging multiple devices then it’s nice to have.
USB-C connections allow for faster charging provided you have the appropriate cable and a comparable device. This allows you to charge two devices at once with the USB-C charging up to 75% faster than a normal connection which if you are charging a tablet can make a big difference. I like having the ability to charge two devices at the same time if need be and having a different port options to cover all my bases.
After weighing all the options I opted for the Cygnett 10,000mAh USB-C Power bank.
This little unit is similar in size to an iPhone 8 and slightly thicker and heavier at 210 grams. The best way to think about this power bank is that you are carrying a second phone. The case is a soft feel finish with rounded corners as opposed the the angular hard feel surfaces that many other battery packs on the market have. On occasion I have had both my iPhone and my power bank in one pocket charging my phone after heavy use and it didn’t feel uncomfortable.
The Cygnett ChargeUp Pro 10k has a 10,000mAh capacity gives you the ability to charge your smartphone up to 5 times (this depends on the phone), and up to one full charge on a tablet. Social media is the big drain for me as a blogger so typically I will travel with my phone in flight mode and only turn it on when I absolutely need to. I have found that this power bank will allow me to actively respond to social media and top up all electronics identified above for around 7-8 days provided I started with my devices on full charge.
As an added safety feature this power bank has surge protection so you don’t need to stress about destroying you electronics. If you still want the USB-C function but don’t carry a lot of electronics Cygnett also produce a 6000mAh version that is around 60grams lighter.
One last comment that I would mention is that good quality cables will help to protect your valuable electronics so don’t stint on the charging cables just to save a few dollars.
Cygnett 10,000mAh USB-C Powerbank front view
Cygnett 10,000mAh USB-C Powerbank rear view
Cygnett 10,000mAh USB-C Power bank charge meter. This image show a full charge at 100%
Cygnett 10,000mAh USB-C Powerbank charging ports and on/off button – top view
A versatile power bank that will quickly charge compatible tablets as well as just the little stuff like phones, cameras, and GPS’s
You can purchase the Cygnett 10,000mAh USB-C Powerbank online from Amazon Australia
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This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker