Don’t Let TSA Confiscate Your Smartphone: Portable Chargers Under $50

This week, TSA announced that it will confiscate any battery-dead cellphone from boarding the plane. Specifically, international flights that are U.S. bound. This is important to anyone flying because smartphones run out of battery when you least expect it. So, if you're on the go and don't get a chance to charge your phone before your next flight, you're losing your phone.

Don't panic, just be prepared by getting  a portable charger for your smartphone. It doesn't have to be expensive or bulky, here's a list of a few options we've found that fit your bag:

1. Jackery Mini Portable Charger– $19.95

At 32000 mAh rechargeable capacity, this thin external battery charger fits in your pocket. It is often used as a substitute for a car charger, such as an iPhone car charger. Adds 10 extra hours of talk time or 1 full charge to your iPhones.

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2.  RAVPower KnightRider– $39.99

At 14000 mAh rechargeable capacity, the KnightRider is not as compact but it has more power. It has a dual USB ports (5V/ 1A), which means you can charge another device at the same time.

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3. Juno Power Hue Kard– $34.98

At 4000 mAh rechargeable capacity, this is a choice for those who want something small and stylish, there are more powerful batteries out there. Unlike most portable chargers in the market, they use lithium polymer batteries, as oppose to lithium ion batteries.

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4.EasyAcc Dual Power Pack– $25.99

At 10000mAh rechargeable power capacity, giving your phone enough juice to keep it running (5-6 full charges to your iPhone 5 or 2.5-3.5 charges for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3).


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5. Luna PowerPro Charger– $39.95

At 8400 mAh rechargeable capacity, Luna charges a wide variety of devices when no other power source is available, and even charges your iPhone up to four times and other devices like Kindle or iPad.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.
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