But if you invest in quality, then you can avoid most hassles, typically. Or, you can purchase lower end products that work well for awhile, but create little to no problems when they go down, because you can purchase another relatively affordable model and off you go again. It all depends how specialized the equipment you need is. I tend to work with high end cameras, Mac laptops, and off brand external batteries.
I recently teamed up with one of Amazon’s retailers, MoKo, who specialize in all sorts of tech devices, external batteries, and mobile device accessories. They sent over their Car Jump Starter External Battery and an iPad case that fit my 9.7” to test, try out in the field, and to write about here today...
MoKo’s Peak Car Jump Starter marries together what you want in a portable power bank with what you need to jump start a vehicle. As a backpacker, I would often visit a new country and rent a car to explore the less touristy areas of beautiful countryside, so this option is invaluable. Especially when you’re a backpacker on a budget like I have been many times in my travels, to where I pick the small, low end rental that may have a few issues from time to time. This battery offers 1000A peak with 19800mAh battery with 12V auto emergency booster, as well as 2 USB ports and an LED flashlight. How cool is that?
The Case Fit for my 9.7” iPad is a plastic base backing case in a beautiful wrapping. I opted to try out their Sea & Flower model, which has a lovely printed painted scene of wildflowers growing on a hill that sweeps down to a swelling ocean beach. The back piece of a clear hard plastic with holes for the camera, speaker, top sensor, power buttons and audio buttons, as well as for the charging wire. The front is a folding soft cover that sets up conveniently as a stand or for use to handhold the iPad. Overall, it’s built well and looks nice, and has a lot of value when you consider how affordable it is versus other comparable brands.
(Main photo by xrainm via Flickr)