External Battery Charger a Travel Essential

External Battery Charger a Travel Essential

external battery chargerI do not travel anywhere without an external battery charger, because I never want to be somewhere amazing and not be able to at least take a photo with my phone.

The good news is these are cheap, so you never have to have a dead battery again. All you need is an external charger. I got sick and tired of my battery dying so now my family has a whole assortment of external batteries. Here is a review of all the ones I’ve tried.


The first one is not only able to charge all devices with an attachment that uses a usb port, but it is also a flashlight. I find the flashlight to be quite handy. I never know where I’ve put my flashlight and now I always now where to find one! It costs right around $20 on Amazon. It is basically the size of a lipstick and comes in lots of colors. It is the RAVPower Luster Mini 3000mAh Lipstick Charger External Battery Pack Power Bank Charger (Ultra Bright Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe Modes, 5V/1A Output)



 For Christmas I bought a whole bunch of these off of Amazon as presents in all different colors. Everyone I gave them to seemed to really like them. Right now they cost about $7.00. This kind does not have a built in flash light. It is just a charger and slightly bigger than the one above. This is the Ekitmall 2600mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank Charger


I got this one for myself, because I have an iPhone 4S. Unlike the two above that will charge any device this will only charge an iPod or iPhone with that type of plug in. You can only charge this one with an iPhone 4 cable. It is nice because I can quickly charge it off my phone charger in the car, but when I upgrade phones it will no longer work for any of our devices. Well, I guess I could use it on the iPads. This one cost me $5 on Amazon. This one does not take very long to charge, but it also does not charge a device very much. Last time I used it I got about a 10 charge, which was better than having a dead phone. This charger is the Stitchway UltraPower 1900 mAh (BLACK) Backup Battery Charger for Apple iPhone 4


Last but not least is a cell phone case that is also a charger. The down side to this is it will only charge your cell phone, but most times that is the only thing you need charged anyway. Mine is the Mophie Juice Pack Plus Case and Rechargeable Battery. I got it at Best Buy for $100, you can get them on Amazon around the same price. It is a really nice case and can charge your phone up fast to 100%.


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Disclosure – RAVPower gave me a RAVPower Luster Mini 3000mAh Lipstick Charger External Battery Pack Power Bank Charger (Ultra Bright Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe Modes, 5V/1A Output) to review. Opinions are all my own and I bought the other products.

About the Author:

Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.


  1. Natalie March 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I must have a neck pillow, portable radio and tennis shoes!

  2. Ann Fantom March 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I have to have a book to read when traveling to burn time when sitting in airports

  3. Randi Rock March 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    my purse!

  4. Alice F. March 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    My traveling must have is a cell phone. ..I can’t leave home without it.

  5. Lynda Del March 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    My must have for traveling is my iPad.

  6. Lauren March 21, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    A must have would be my make-up!!

  7. Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife March 21, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I live and die by external chargers (currently have a Mophie and an iGo), and can always use more! Some for the cars, for my purse… Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  8. Melinda Howell March 21, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I always have my phone…I cannot leave home without it!

  9. Tracie Trump March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I must have a good pillow and my laptop with Netflix movies!

  10. Amanda March 21, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

    a camera!

  11. Lisa V. March 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    My must have is my phone.

  12. Edna Williams March 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I must have my make-up.

  13. Colleen Boudreau March 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    My cell phone.

  14. Jessica H. March 21, 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Aside from the basics, my camera! (:

  15. Cynthia C March 22, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    My must have for travel is my Kindle.

  16. Kitty Iecvan March 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    My must have is my laptop!

  17. Kay Lynn March 23, 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

    My must have when traveling is healthy snacks.

  18. ERICA WEAVER March 23, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply


  19. Birdiebee March 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Must have when I travel is my cell phone and charger.

  20. Stephanie March 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    My phone, of course!!

  21. Marilyn Nawara March 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    My cell phone and lots of snacks.

  22. Crystal F March 24, 2014 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I have to have my kindle when we travel. thank you!

  23. Teresa Thompson March 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    My kindle is a must.

  24. Samantha March 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Snacks and card games!

  25. joni March 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I must have a hair dryer and a curling iron.

  26. Lauren Watson March 25, 2014 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I have to have a couple of my pillows or else I can’t sleep 🙂

  27. Julie Lynn Bickham March 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    My cell phone and my nook if I can’t bring my laptop.

  28. Dale March 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Emergen-C to make sure I don’t get sick!

  29. alona y March 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I just have to have a good book to read to fill the down time.

  30. Ann Cluck March 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I must have a clothes line that I can use in my hotel room.

  31. Sky Evans March 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I must have lipstick.

  32. Dorrie Turner March 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I like to have a camera in addition to my cellphone for when the cellphone battery runs out, I can still take photos.

  33. Candie L March 26, 2014 at 7:36 am - Reply

    When we travel I always have an extra pair of contacts (because you never know what could happen). Thank you

  34. sheena little March 26, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Games for the kids, music ,a full battery for 3 phones

  35. angela dupree March 26, 2014 at 10:35 am - Reply

    where every you go whether it is in a car or even a train one must always carry a charger

  36. greg March 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply


  37. Daniel M March 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    cell phone is a must

  38. MARIA simon March 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    my prayers and my phone!

  39. lynn brannen March 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I take my laptop,kindle and cell phone

  40. MARY M. March 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply


  41. amy March 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    my phone

  42. kenneth March 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    My phone of course

  43. cheryl March 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    My purse

  44. ken March 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply


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