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Customer Story: Battery Charger Saves the Day! (Er, Night!)

Our first winning entry comes from our home state, Connecticut! It’s a cool look at how some of our gizmos can come to the rescue – or prevent an emergency before it starts.

Photo by Joseph on FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

Well for a start, a bit of backstory; I play airsoft as both my favored method of recreation and exercise. one of the type of match types is called milsim (military simulation) which is basically a pre-built scenario based game usually over the course of a couple days or more.

this was back in the end of 2013 in the dead of October and was at a blacksheep milsim (the organizing company) called camp bobriwka which is hosted up in the northern border of connecticut and Massachusetts at a campground called bobriwka that spans about 220 acres up in Colebrook, CT. now this place has bare minimum in amenities; they have a mess hall cabin with some power but for the most part this place was both devoid of shelter and power.

so on on the last night (we camped there; temps hit around 14 degrees Fahrenheit through the night).

we were going to go start the car and get some food, me and two of my friends went together in the same SUV. when we all got in the car my friend who owns the SUV tried to start it, turns the key and we hear it just sorta die after half a turnover. so we all look at each other and Corey says “shit I think I left the lights on in the middle of the night”.
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Best Phone Charger for Your Next Road Trip

Whether you’re using GPS on a road trip, taking pictures, sending emails, using apps, or even playing games, we can all agree that there is nothing worse than running out of battery and not having a phone charger handy. In this blog I will look at a couple of quality options you have to power up your device and keep it fully charged.

eGear Freedom USB Charger Kit: theshorelinemarket_2420_1255705907

The eGear charger kit is a great product that you can bring with you anywhere to fulfill your USB charging needs. The kit comes with both a wall and car adapter as well as a full size USB and mini USB tip. The kit includes a mesh bag that can carry all the parts and includes retractable wires which means no more frustrating untangling. Available in both black and white, this phone charger is a great companion on your next vacation.

Tenergy Lite3000 Mobile Powerbank Charger with Flashlight:

Tenergy Lite3000
Tenergy Lite3000

This combination charger/light is a great power supply, and because of its small size is perfect for travel. The Tenergy Lite charges via a USB cable and has a 3000mAh capacity making it perfect for iPhones, tablets, and other USB charged mobile devices. The light is available in multiple color options, comes pre-charged and includes a power indicator letting you know when the powerbank needs to be recharged!

 

Wagan Tech TravelCharge Companion:

TravelCharge Companion
TravelCharge Companion

The Wagan Tech TravelCharge is a great car charger for multiple devices at the same time. The TravelCharge features two USB power ports and two DC sockets as well as a swivel plug that allows for optimal positioning of the charger. Perfect for your phone, tablet, GPS, or E-book reader, this charger is a great car accessory which also boasts an LED power indicator. Plus, it looks like Johnny 5.

ReTrak

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ReTrak is another manufacturer that makes a series of high quality retractable charging cables which extend and coil up automatically. Because of this feature you never have to deal with annoying tangling. The standout product from ReTrak is the retractable universal USB charging cable which includes four different adapter tips: USB-B, Mini 5-Pin, Micro 5-Pin, and Mini 4-Pin. One charging cable can tackle multiple mobile devices.

Wagan Exec Duo-Solar Phone Charger/Case:

Wagan Solar Phone Charger Case
Wagan Solar Charger/Case

Last up is the solar-powered iPhone charger/case from Wagan, which is a great case even without the added benefit of built-in solar charger. This case will charge your iPhone via two mono-crystalline solar panels when placed in direct sunlight or when plugged into a power source. It also has its own internal backup battery, a a 2,000 mAh capacity cell that can hold a large amount of charging power. Solar power will charge both the iPhone’s battery and the internal batteries within the case. This leather case includes a mini USB cable and folds into an elegant travel holster when it is not being charged.

These are just a few possible charging products that are available for purchase. Come visit Battery Junction to look around and see which best suits you!

New i2 2016

New Product Spotlight: Nitecore’s Chargers Get Beefy Upgrades

Remember this guy?i2 Charger 2014 Model

It’s one of the best chargers we sell. Heck, it’s one of the best-selling chargers of all time. But doesn’t it look a little … I dunno, Radio Shack? Well, Nitecore decided that it was time to give their charger a makeover. They threw in some extra muscle as well. Meet the New i2.

 

New Paint + More Power = Better Charger

New i2 Charger 2016 ModelThe strength of the i2 series (and its 4-bay sister model, the i4) has always been that it can charge anything you throw at it. (I recently used our office’s old i2 to recharge my desk’s mini stapler and a piece of broccoli. Seriously, those bays will accept anything.) The New i2 upgrades the display of the previous version, offering more information about real-time charge level and voltage. The addition of buttons under the display allows you to set the charging voltage on each slot independently. Best of all, the new i2 allows you to put double the juice into whichever bay you select. The old i2 topped out at 500mA per bay, but the new version allows you to fast-charge one of your cells with 1000mA. One full amp of current means your battery is ready to rock that much more quickly.

 

 

Meet the Monster

SC2 ChargerWant even more control and flexibility? Step up to the new SC2, with even more features and raw power than the i2. With a selectable charge up to a whopping 3 amps of current, the SC2 allows you to recharge your lithium batteries in record time. This feature is ideal for IMR batteries, which are popular for vaping. (IMR chemistry can often accept higher recharge currents than other types of batteries. So while the new i2’s 1000mA current may be pushing it for some cells, lots of vape batteries are happy to accept 2 or even 3 amps of current.) Dual power inputs and a USB output give it maximum versatility. Compatible with a wide variety of cell formats, chemistries, and voltages, the SC2 is perfect whether you’re a vaper, flashoholic, photographer, or tinkerer.

 

It’s hard to beat Nitecore‘s chargers for their versatility, features, and speed. If you’ve been looking for your dream charger, grab an upgraded i2 or SC2 today!

Vaporizer Buying Guide

In this post I will go over the new craze that is vaping and the essential products & accessories that you need to get the most out of your vaporizer.

How does it work?Vaporizer

The vaporizing first starts when the battery component heats up the atomizer, which in turn heats the e-liquid creating the vapor that comes out of the pen. Vaping came about as a means for smokers to help quit their addiction and then developed into the popular phenomena that it is today. “Vape pens” are filled with e-liquid, which is a flavored water based liquid that is frequently combined with varying amounts of nicotine and other additives. E-liquids come in hundreds of flavors and multiple nicotine levels with cartridges becoming more readily available for purchase.

What do I need with my vaporizer?

One of the first things you will want to purchase for your vaporizer is an extra set of batteries, and luckily we have a few of those at battery junction. Different batteries are neededdownload for different pens, but the most commonly used are either 2 rcr123s or 1 18650 depending on desired charge hold and heating level. The battery is an important part of your vaping preferences as the voltage that the atomizer allows through to heat itself is what determines the intensity or “throat hit” that you will get from your vape. Atomizer impedance, or resistance, is measured in ohms with lower resistance leading to hotter vaping of the liquid and higher resistance producing a less harsh cloud. So as you can see, the battery and atomizer combo is arguably the most important part of your vaporizer. Keeping this in mind, it is best for the vape and its user to purchase the best batteries available. Higher quality batteries will hold their charge longer and will take months to deteriorate where as a poor quality battery will begin to decline after a few recharges. Seeing as we only carry the best here at battery junction you are in luck, browse our large selection of batteries from quality manufacturers.

 

Keeping your vape in top shape

Now that you have your vape pen, battery, and favorite e-liquid, it’s time to look into carrying cases that will protect your investment. It is important to protect yourtheshorelinemarket_2397_258216320 Vaporizer from damage as dropstheshorelinemarket_2400_990239129 and everyday wear and tear can greatly reduce the lifespan your e-cig. You can choose anything from hardcore damage proof pelican cases to easier everyday carrying accessories such as Maxpedition sheathes or pouches depending on your needs. Looking for a charging station to recharge your batteries? We have that
too with a selection of charging stations from trusted brands like Nitecore, Olight, and Xtar to name a few. A good charging station is essential to getting the most out of your battery, and we have gathered some the of the top chargers available in our knowledge center.

 

As always we have a large selection of products for your vaping needs, we even have a section with our best vaping accessories  to make your shopping experience easier. Hopefully this post has been informative and will help you to make informed future purchases.