Christmas gadget gift: PNY Technologies Portable PowerPack REVIEW
Many people in our modern technology-driven society have experienced the strange sensation of your smartphone running out of battery when in a public place. Suddenly you have no way of communicating, and using a phone box in this day and age doesn't even bear thinking about.
The Portable PowerPack mobile charger from PNY Technologies ended up saving me on a number of occasions when I drained my phone battery using data or didn't charge my phone the night before. The power pack comes with a Micro USB cable to use for re-charging the unit, and single or dual port USB outputs for charging any smartphone or tablet with a USB cable.
The units vary depending on the output chosen, the smallest 1 Amp model, starting at £29.99, holds enough battery power to provide one full charge to a smartphone. There are also two larger models, for £39.99 and £49.99, which can charge two devices simultaneously, or can be used to refuel your phone several times before it needs charging itself.
The packs are light and small enough to fit in a bag or coat pocket, and have a clear digital display on the front indicating how much power is left before they need charging up. I was surprised at how quickly my phone charged once it was plugged into the pack, and it was very useful for quickly giving my phone some juice when I was out and about - just stick it on charge and leave it in your bag for a bit until you really need it.
The only criticism I have of the device is that it takes a long time to charge when it has run out of power. It seemed to take almost twice as long to charge itself as it did to charge a phone.
This is definitely the perfect gift for someone who is on the go a lot. Nobody wants to get caught out, and this device is a really handy safety measure to ensure that you're always able to make calls and send emails.