Meet my Jackery (Now stop laughing)
Sat, May 6, 2017 at 1:55PM
David Coursey, N5FDL
An external battery for powering/charging various iDevices and their ilk has become a necessity for emergency folks. It is not at all fun to run out of power when you need to do something, and in my experience, newer iPods don’t like be far from a power supply/charger.
One of the challenges is that external battery power requires a cable (typically USB) to connect the device to the battery. How many times have I had one but not the other?
So I was really happy to find the whimsically-named (?) Jackery Bolt external battery that includes both Apple Lightning and mini-USB charging cables built-in. I immediately purchased one (March 13) and consider it an excellent addition to my go-purse (an old Eagle Creek guide bag). Mine Bolt has a 6000 mAh battery and a 10050 mAh version is available. 
I paid $26. The higher-output model is $10 more.
Here is some information from the Amazon product page, linked below. (If you purchase from the link we may get a few pennies from your purchase). 
  • The global leading power solutions supplier with 15 years manufacturer experiences.
  • Hassle-Free Design: With 2 built-in charging cables and one open USB port, Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh allows you to charge 3 devices at the same time. No need to carry charging cables for your phones anymore, yay!
  • High Capacity: Powerful 6000mAh capacity can fully charges an iPhone 7 up to 2 times, a Galaxy S7 almost 1.5 times and other smartphones multiple times. Fast charge your devices with the maximum output at up to 2.4A, its rocket fast!
  • Bar-sized: With its elegant design and compact size, the Jackery Bolt is easy to carry in the pocket wherever you go. Jackery Bolt also includes a built-in flashlight for convenience in the dark and for emergency situations.
  • What you get: 1×Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh portable charger, 1× Micro USB charging Cable, 1×User Guide & Warranty,1×Thank You Card. 18-month product warranty and 7×24 hrs friendly customer service.

I like mine and recommend it to you. There are many competing devices available, but havimg permanently-attached charging cables is what sold me. A good purchase.

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