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#TechTipTuesday: How to Choose a Portable Charger for Your Smartphone!

In the past year I’ve seen a huge upswing in the amount of portable chargers on the market for consumers, mainly because people have gotten tied to their smartphones. Last weekend I had a argument with my cousin because she purchased a portable charger and was mad at me because it did not charge fast enough  :-| Right! So because I’m nice like that, I decided to teach you all how to buy one that will “charge fast enough” LOL

Understanding Portable Chargers

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Portable chargers come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and prices. Some people want lightweight chargers, some people want inexpensive options but not knowing what to buy could lead to disappointment.

A rechargeable battery’s capacity is usually measured in milliamperes (mAh). You probably have seen ads for 2600mAh or 11,000mAh charger. Means nothing right! LOL Knowing your smartphone is the first place to start! For instance the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a massive 3,200 mAh battery, while the iPhone 5S relies on a 1,5600 mAh battery. If you understand this math then buying a 2,600 mAh portable charger with a Note 3 would be pointless, but would make sense with the iPhone 5S.

Let’s say you are anything like me and tend to have multiple smartphones on you at any given moment, then you would want to carry a portable charger that was big enough to handle them both. Right now I have a Samsung Note 3 (3,200 mAh )and an iPhone 5 (1440 mAh) so I would need a charger that is at least 5,000 mAh to charger both of them (give or take :D)

In the picture above I’m using TYLT’s PowerPlant portable charger which has 5,200 mAh, lightening port and secondary USB port. I win every time I use this!

5 Portable Charger for Your Smartphone Under $100

Remember I said I was nice, so here are my 5 picks for portable chargers for your smartphone.

Here are a few more for the girly girls who need to look cute! LOL

Are you comfortable with buying a portable charger now? Did you buy one and get disappointed? LOL

About Tori

During the day Tori is a tech nerd working in IT at a Global Market Research Firm. At night, or while on break at work :D, Tori is the creator/editor at GlassesandGlitter tech/fashion/lifestyle blog. Follow me on Twitter @GlassesNGlitter