Seven rugged waterproof power banks for rainy-day adventures

When you need to charge your phone, tablet or even camera, and you are off the grid in wet conditions, only a weather-rated portable battery charger will do. Here is a selection of the best tools for the job

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 12:18pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 12:19pm

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

This IPX6 weatherproof rated product (HK$1,417) can be recharged in about four hours using an optional fold-out solar panel, or via USB. It also has a built-in micro USB tip so you don’t have to travel with cables. Available at 1outlets.hk

The Soldier

Shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof, this small power bank (HK$546) packs a punch on both portability and power. Its 7,800mAh battery is capable of charging most phones twice over. Packing easily into a backpack or pocket, it also has an LED flashlight. Available at pctbrands.com

Powertraveller Mini-G

A monster at 12,000mAh, this rugged battery (HK$1,090) has multivoltage abilities, so it can also recharge DSLR cameras and laptops. Available at powertraveller.com

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SARDiNE A8

This waterproof gadget (HK$375) is made in Shenzhen and doubles as a powerbank and a portable Bluetooth speaker. Capable of topping-up a phone on the go, its 2,000mAh also drives a stereo 3.5W speaker that can also act as a hands-free device. Available at sardinespeaker.com

RAVPower

Like The Soldier, this waterproof, dust-proof and shockproof outdoor portable charger (HK$700) has a built-in LED flashlight, but tops it in terms of power with a 10,050mAh battery inside. It’s capable of refuelling most phone three times over. Available at dafortune.com

Zealot S1

Another waterproof power bank/Bluetooth speaker with a small, built-in LED flashlight, the Zealot S1 (HK$179) has a 4,000mAh rating, so it’s good for one full recharge of most smartphones. It can clip to bicycle handlebars, and can play music stored on a Micro SD card. Available at iprice.hk

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TeckNet iEP900

This austere looking gadget (HK$178) hooks to a belt or a bag using a carabiner with a built-in compass, and includes an LED flashlight. Its 9,000 mAh battery can recharge most phones twice. Available at amazon.com