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sep 23 2011

4 best travel chargers to throw in your bag

Leave dead batteries (and tangled cords) behind with these streamlined, portable power sources.

1 More Outlets, Less Mess

No more forgetting your phone by that awkward plug under the hotel bed. The new AViiQ Portable Charging Station corrals all your devices inside a tidy nylon organizer and can charge three USB-equipped gadgets from a single wall socket. When it’s time to pack up, it zips into a slim 1.25" x 5" x 10.25" folder. aviiq.com, $80.

2 Power Now and Later

Electronics tend to conk out at the most inconvenient times (during a hot-air balloon ride, say, or mid camel trek). That’s no problem for the pocket-size iGo Charge Anywhere. Just juice up before you leave the hotel room, then use it to boost your phone, camera, or MP3 player’s battery on the go—its replaceable tips fit dozens of devices. igo.com, $40 with one tip, extra tips from $8.

3 Let the Sun In

It takes 13 hours for Samsonite’s Window Solar Charger to absorb enough rays for a full recharge, but you can start the process on the plane and finish up on the beach (or in a cafe or rental car). The 4" x 4" x .5" panel, from the luggage brand’s new travel technology line, fits most any mobile phone and has a built-in backup plan for cloudy days: a USB port for speedy, electricity-assisted charging. samsonite.com, $50, available in mid-October.

4 Extend Your Talk Time

On the road, you’re more likely to use GPS-based features that strain a phone’s battery. Instead of trolling around for an outlet at every turn, outfit your handset with the PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 4. The compact case, with its built-in battery, can provide up to two more days of power or fully revive a dead battery in two hours—without adding bulk. phonesuit.com, $80.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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