Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme 5
Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme 5

The charge of the portable brigade

Does your smartphone's battery run out at all the wrong times? These portable chargers and battery packs will keep you powered up, always

Asupercharger that can juice up your phone in 30 seconds? No, we kid you not. Eesha Khare, an 18-year-old Indian-American science student based in California, came up with the idea of a small, portable device that you plug into your phone, and in less than half a minute, your phone battery would be fully recharged. Khare won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award in May because she didn’t want her smartphone dying on her. Currently, Khare is working on getting the device ready as a commercial product. But if you are not too picky about the half-a-minute deadline to charge your phone, here’s a selection of new portable chargers that can revive your phone battery anywhere, anytime.

Devotec Fuel Micro Charger

Launches in October.

Order at www.devotecindustries.com for $26.98* (around 1,700).

TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case

Available for iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII; Galaxy S4 cases launch in October.

Order at www.amazon.com for $99.99.

Port Solar Charger

Order atwww.xddesign.eu for €59.59 (around 5,100).

ZENS Wireless Charging Cover

Order at www.zensshop.com for £69.99 (around 7,000).

PowerShot II

Order at www.powerstick.com for $29.50.

CulCharge

Launching later this year.

Pre-order at www.indiegogo.com for $10 onwards.

SLXTREME 5

Love being in the wild but like to stay connected? Pick up Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme 5 case. The case not only protects your phone from water, weather and other falls, it also charges your phone using the sun. The case is waterproof to up to 6ft and has a built-in battery that boosts the power of your iPhone’s charge by more than 150%. Plus, it includes a solar panel on the back to charge itself.

Launches in October.

Order at www.snowlizardproducts.com for $129.99 onwards.

WakaWaka Power

Order at www.wakawaka4light.com for $79.

*Shipping charges extra.

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