Stay in power with these external battery packs

Planning a vacation? Going to bring your laptop, smartphone or tablet with you? Then you need to invest in an external battery pack. These portable units let you plug nearly any device within them. The battery pack will charge them when they start running out of juice. But which external battery packs are best? The tech site Lifehacker recently asked its readers to rate the top battery packs. Below are their three favorites.

Anker Astro

Anker produces three solid external battery packs in its Astro line, the 3E, 4E and Pro. All three of these devices ranked high among Lifehacker readers, mainly for the powerful charges they furnish. Readers also enjoy the Astro line’s small sizes and even smaller price tags.

New Trent

New Trent’s external battery packs – the iCarrier and iGeek – both scored high with Lifehacker readers, too. These models, too, hold a lot of power, and the devices offer an easy-to-read indicator light that lets you know easily the amount of charge the battery pack has.

Energizer XP

Energizer is famous for its line of batteries. The company also receives praise for its line of external battery packs, too, Lifehacker readers say. One of the selling points: The flexibility of these units. The Energizer XP line comes with a range of tips and cables that fit just about any portable device, even smartphones that are no longer made.

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