Does your smartphone or tablet run out of power before the end of the day? Here’s a list of portable battery packs that fit easily in a bag, jacket pocket or in the car.

I initially wrote this a while back for a publication that is no more, so I thought I’d share it since I haven’t posted in a while due to my recent travels.

Powermonkey Classic
The Powermonkey Classic portable charger is quite popular – it’s been around since 2006, and has a 2200mAh capacity. It should give you a charge and a half on a smartphone and is compatible with most phones, e-readers, mp3 players, handheld game consoles and compact cameras.
Price: R451
Buy: Takealot


Mophie Powerstation Mini
The Mophie Powerstation Mini is a compact little battery that is 9.2cm and packs 2500mAh power. It has a smooth metal finish, with a four-light LED status indicator to keep track of power levels or charging status. It is compatible with most smartphones and USB devices.
Price: R529
Buy: Takealot


Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger
The Nokia Universal Portable USB charger comes in black, white, pink or blue and is small enough to fit into your pocket. It supports fast charging, and stores power for over three months once charged, and retains 75% of the power. Battery capacity is 2200mAh.
Price: R330 (estimated)
Contact: QD Cellular


TomTom Speed Multi-Charger
The TomTom High Speed Multi-Charger is car charger that fits into the cigarette lighter port of any car. It has 2x USB slots, of which one is a high-speed port, and can charge a device up to 4x faster, at 12 volts. It works with any device that is USB powered.
Price: R249
Contact: TomTom SA


Port Solar Charger
XD Design’s Port Solar Charger is a nifty little charger that can be attached to any window in order to recharge. The port solar charger has an integrated suction pad so if you’re at home, in the car, or on a plane, provided there is sunlight, it will charge. Works with any USB charger and has an LED status indicator. Battery capacity is 1000mAh.
Price: R336
Buy: Brand Awesome