Have you ever been caught out by a flat device while travelling? Maybe you forgot to charge your phone the night before or simply left your ipod on play and now its dead flat and your stuck on a bus for the next 6 hours with no music. I know I have, especially when staying in a hostel where power outlets are at a premium. It’s generally at that moment I curse myself for having never invested in some form of travel battery.
For those with some form of travel savviness about them you’ve probably already invested in one of those battery backup cases for your phone. They do the job but I hate having my phone in a case adding bulk to my travel gear especially when it only has one use. On top of that I’m normally travelling with a tablet, mifi and Go Pro that are all charged via USB just like my phone.
Having some form of travel battery isn’t going to be for everyone. But for myself where my livelihood depends on my ability to interact with the world via the internet ensuring I have power to do that is a must. Not to forget my camera is my phone so getting caught short with no power while I’m on the road really irks me.
When deciding on which product would be the best fit for me I came up with a list of things I wanted out of a travel battery:
- Is it bulky
- Needs to offer multiple charges for my gadgets
- Needs to be travel friendly
- Have more than one USB charging plug
With all of my requirements outlined set about finding something that would fit my needs. Many devices had some of the above but there was only one device that had everything (in my eyes) and that was Just Mobile and their Gum Max Duo unit. It boasts:
- Shockproof rubber skin
- Dual USB Ports
- Weights only half a kilogram
- And stats up to 7 extra hours run time for my tablet
Having now tested the battery pack out for the last few weeks while travelling in Europe I couldn’t be happier. In testing I’ve got around 5 full charges of my iPhone out a single charge for the battery and that included keeping my mifi device powered as well. Dealing with the half kilo weight was never a problem as I always have my backpack with me so would charge my gadgets when I wasn’t using them, like on a bus or even the plane.
The rubber skin adds extra security to the device as it bounces around in my backpack and while I’d not call it that, serves as a spill resistant case in a pinch. The size of the device is not much bigger than your average external hard drive and while they tend to weight half of what this does it’s not been a problem for me to carry around.
All in all its been exactly what I wanted, so to celebrate I’m giving one away
The device retails for $129.95 AUD and comes with a black protective skin in the box but I’m also giving you the choice of one of the extra colours available being Red, Yellow or Blue.
All you need to do is fill out the form below. The more options you complete the more chance you’ll have of winning this great bit of travel kit.
I however have to add a small disclaimer in that this giveaway is only open to entrants with shipping address’ based in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK, Canada and America. The competition is open from Monday the 24th June until 10pm Monday the 1st of July London GMT time.
While all opinions are my own the review and giveaway unit were provided free by Just Mobile