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This Portable Battery Keeps My Phone Charged for a Week

Earlier this year, I stayed on a houseboat in Amsterdam for a week. (Withhold your jokes.) It seemed like the perfect find — centrally located, very Instagrammable, and oh-so-gloriously cheap — until I realized it had no electricity. I can do without a lot of things, but a charged cell phone isn’t one of them. And since my deposit on the place was already locked in, I had no choice but to frantically start searching for alternative ways to keep my lovely little iPhone 6s alive, which hopefully wouldn’t involve me stealing electricity from a nearby restaurant: Perhaps seven pocket-size portable chargers? A mini-generator?

Right as I started getting desperate enough to legitimately consider solar power, I discovered the Gogyre 21200mAh Power Bank. I’m still not sure how it’s even possible, but this $22 rectangle not only kept my phone charged for an entire week of Snapchatting and Facebook-status-updating, but it also kept my friend’s device charged too.

Gogyre 21200mAh Power Bank
$22 at Amazon

Unlike your average portable charger, the Gogyre has two USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at once. It also comes with a built-in flashlight, which may at first seem a little strange, but is actually surprisingly useful (especially if you happen to find yourself on a houseboat with no electricity). The Gogyre has a 21200mAh charge capacity, which — in English — means you should be getting about nine full iPhone 6s charges (or 6 Samsung s6 charges) per use. It’s worth noting that these are full charges — meaning from zero to 100 percent — so if you’re not a monster who uses their phone until it’s completely dead, you’ll definitely get more out of it.

At first I thought the Gogyre’s size would put me off after I returned to the real (electricity-rife) world; however, eight months have passed and I still carry the thing with me absolutely everywhere I go. Despite being bigger than a “normal” portable charger, the Gogyre is surprisingly portable. I haven’t had any trouble fitting it into even the smallest of purses, and my dad — who got one for his birthday this year — tells me he simply slips his into a pocket. I almost always forget to charge my phone while at work, so it’s the perfect way to avoid the dreaded music-free-subway-ride-home situation. And even with this kind of daily casual use, I only find myself needing to recharge the Gogyre about once a month.

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This Portable Battery Keeps My Phone Charged for a Week