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With the rise of smartphones as a tool in hiking (GPS, mapping apps, cameras or if you’re like me, for reading Kindle books!), the addition of a battery powerbank to recharge them is becoming a must-pack item for our backpacks.
How to choose a powerbankUp until now, you’d choose your powerbank based on mAh (milliampere hours), which describe the amount of total power that the unit can hold until you need to charge it again.
As a bushwalker, I’ve settled with using a 10,000mAh unit. For 195 grams I can get about 4-5 x iPhone 6 charges, so that suits me for most multi-day trips that I take. For shorter trips, I’ll save on weight and take a smaller one that just gives me 1-2 charges.
How to choose a powerbankHowever, with airlines tightening their boarding policies for batteries (which includes powerbanks!), it’s a good idea to ensure that when you buy a powerbank, it meets the guidelines set down by not only your country’s aviation regulation body (CASA in Australia), but also the individual airlines. Both Qantas and Virgin outline their policies on their sites, so always make sure you check before you start packing your bags, carry-on that is!