Awesome prepper gear! A mobile charger battery bank is an item you’ll find on most prepper’s emergency supply checklists. It’s handy for recharging cell phones, walkie-talkies, NOAA radios, digital readers, GPS, and high tech camping lanterns when a power outlet isn’t available. My husband is a Boy Scout leader and while camping he uses his smart phone to take lots of photos, listen to music using an MP3 app, uses the Kindle app to read before falling asleep, and sets an alarm to wake himself up in the morning. Not surprisingly, his phone often dies early on the trip, he plugs his phone into the power bank each night and is then able to continue to take pictures and use his phone apps for the remainder of the trip.
Mobile Charger Battery Bank
There are two main types of mobile charger battery banks. The most common is a battery bank that uses a USB to recharge. It can hold enough power to charge a phone 1 – 4 times before it needs to be recharged. The second most common is an off-grid battery bank. It works the same as the first but typically uses a solar panel to recharge the battery bank, most can still be recharged using USB.
There are a couple things to consider when purchasing a mobile charger battery bank:
- mAh – this will tell you how many times you can charge your phone. For example, my phone is 3,000 mAh and I have a battery bank that is 10,000 mAh so I can charge it completely 3 times. If you don’t see a mAh listed then it might not be a battery bank. Solar chargers can look the same as battery banks the only difference is if there is a battery bank attached.
- Wattage – how fast it charges
Kogalla Solar Bank Review
When I come across an awesome product I like to share it with my readers. Kogalla did a great job creating the 2210 Solar Storage Bank. This battery bank is simple to operate and folds up quickly. Its compact design makes it easy to pack whether I’m on a road trip, hiking, boating, or camping. Solar charge time or charging devices take 3-5 hours. It is priced at $200 but currently on sale (8/8/17) for $150.
Here are some of the features that make this mobile charger battery bank one of the best on the market:
- 10,000 mAh
- 22 watts that are powerful enough to charge in low-sun conditions
- battery level indicator
- pocket to store cables
- folds into a compact size of 6.3 x 9.6 x 1.1 in
- magnetic hold when closed
- 4 waterproof solar panels that extend out 24 inches
- dual 2.4A USB ports that can charge 2 devices at a time
- weighs 28 ounces
- includes USB emergency light, micro-USB cable, and lightning cable