Most homes get power from utility companies, which can be costly and negatively impact the environment. VICE Impact introduces us to Jehu Garcia, an electronics enthusiast who has built a DIY powerwall – an off-grid installation of recycled lithium-ion batteries that stores solar energy and power his home.
THE BEST Batteries
Sick of digging through drawers looking for batteries? Keep them all in one spot in this briefcase-style organizer. It’s got foam cutouts for AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and button batteries, along with zippered pockets for other sizes. It also comes with a battery tester, and its makers claim its fireproof, waterproof, and even explosionproof.
Keep your phone juiced up whenever you need it with this 4000mAh battery pack. In addition to a standard USB charging port, it has a wireless Qi charger, so you can recharge two devices at once. Save 62% off the list price in The Awesomer Shop.
This modular power bank system includes three useful components: a magnetic 80-lumen, high CRI lantern, a 5000mAh rechargeable 21700 battery, and a magnetic charger that can recharge the battery or your phone. The kit includes a hardshell case, and its battery can be used to power other lights such as the i4000R.
The CarAIDE is a versatile tool to keep in your car’s trunk. In addition to being able to jumpstart a dead car battery and charge other gadgets via USB, it packs a flashlight, compass, thermometer, hook, emergency rope, emergency alarm, window breaker, seat belt cutter, a strong magnet, and more. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
Whether your gadgets have a USB or USB-C port, this portable battery pack from HyperGear is ready to deliver its power. It has two USB ports and one USB-C port, and a maximum 15-watt total output. Find both 10,000 mAh and 20,000 mAh versions in The Awesomer Shop.
If you ever find yourself in a pinch and running low on phone power, this tiny battery pack can be a lifesaver. Its 1300 mAh battery fits on your keychain, and can provide up to 3 hours of additional runtime for a typical phone. Available in Lightning, MicroUSB, and USB-C versions. Save 30% in The Awesomer Shop.
This 10,000 mAh battery pack not only offers extra juice for your gadgets, it doubles as a super-bright, dual-lens flashlight, and also can power up Qi wireless devices if you accidentally left your power cable at home. It can also be recharged with solar energy.
You’ll never be caught without power for your phone again with the SOScharger. It combines a 2300 mAh battery pack with an on-board crank generator, which you can use to refill the battery in an emergency situation. It has a single 1A USB output. Save 49% in The Awesomer Shop.
This airy-looking LED lantern kicks out up to 1000 lumens of light in high brightness mode, or 50 lumens in low mode. It’s powered by Coleman’s OneSource interchangeable battery packs, which can be used in other gadgets like flashlights, fans, speakers, and tent lighting. It can also be used to recharge smartphones.
The Q was looking for a way to power his plug-in gadgets while away from home. While he could have just bought a ready-made power pack, he decided to build his own, wiring together dozens of 18650 batteries, then connecting an inverter to convert the DC power into AC.
Jackery’s most powerful battery pack cranks out up to 1000 watts of power, so you can even use it to power small appliances. It has three 110V AC outlets, two USB-C ports, two USB-A port (one QC 3.0), and a 12V DC port. It can also be recharged with Jackery’s optional 100W solar panels.
Has your car ever needed a jump-start? If you had the JumpSmart in your trunk, you could have started it back up without another vehicle. This powerful 37,000 mWh li-Po battery has enough kick to start most everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs. It also includes a 330-lumen LED flashlight, and can charge gadgets via its USB port.
Keep all your gadgets juiced up with this compact charger from Zendure. With 10,000 mAh, it can recharge most phones 2 to 3 times. It supports quick charging via its 18-watt USB-C and USB-A ports, and includes a braided USB-C to Lightning cable for iOS devices. Save 49% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.
This portable 20,000mAh power bank cranks out a total of 150-watts, and includes a 100-watt USB-C port for charging laptops. It can charge up to four gadgets at once, and claims exceptional speed, low temperatures, and long life thanks to its Tesla-sourced graphene batteries. It also has a wireless charging pad.
These rugged, waterproof power banks are great for keeping gadgets charged up with either a 5000 mAh or 7500mAh battery capacity. Plus, they double as an emergency LED flashlight and flashing SOS signal. Save an additional 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE15 (through 12/15/19).
UST’s rugged gadget is the perfect addition to any adventurer’s kit. Not only does it contain a plasma arc lighter for starting campfires without butane, but also doubles as a 3000mAh emergency charger for your USB-A or USB-C powered devices. Comes with a paracord lanyard with a red core that doubles as tinder.
This portable battery pack offers up 8000 mAh of juice – enough to charge most phones almost 3 full times. But what makes it unique is its built-in magnetic charger for the Apple Watch, making it the perfect battery pack for camping and keeping your gadgets juiced up. Save 10% with code JULYSAVE10 (expires 7/31/19)
This dual-purpose charging cable doubles as a battery pack for iOS devices. When plugged into a USB port or charger, power is passed through to your device, but when unplugged, it uses the battery pack, providing 2800 mAh of power. Save an extra 15% with code FIREWORK15 through 7/7/19 in The Awesomer Shop.
This high-capacity power storage unit stores up to 167Wh, making it perfect for juicing up all your gadgets while outdoors. It has USB-C, USB-A, 12V, and 110V AC (100w max) ports, and can be recharged via car, wall socket, or solar panel. Also available as a 240Wh model.
Charge up to four devices at once with this compact gadget. It can run off a wall plug or its built-in 10,000 mAh battery, and has 2 USB-A, 1 USB-C ports, and a Qi charging pad. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code MADNESS15 (through 3/31/19)
Aside from the expected AC outlet, USB-C port and USB-A charging ports, Omnicharge’s Omni Ultimate power bank has a DC output port with adjustable amperage and voltage – perfect for drone and RC batteries. Its battery is interchangeable so you can carry a spare.
Gear Aid’s LED area lights offer three selectable color temperatures and 10 brightness levels. They double as a USB battery pack, and can be mounted on a tripod. Available in 60 LED/320 lumen/10,400 mAh and a super-bright 82 LED/640 lumen/20,800 mAh versions.
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