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ASUS ZenPower PD: A power bank that will charge your laptop on the go

Work anywhere!

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Wouldn’t it be great if a power bank could power your laptop?

I’ve worked in a lot of weird and wondrous places: tech show floors, European coffee shops, rural Chinese airports, plane rides, road trips, the list goes on. I love the idea of being able to work anywhere anytime and not being confined to an office, typing away on my computer. My main problem, however, has always been finding a power source when my laptop battery runs out. Most of the time, this is when my productivity is forced to stop.


In my quest to find a solution, I came across the ASUS ZenPower PD. Coincidentally sent over by the folks from ASUS just when I was considering getting myself a power bank, the tiny thing is supposed to be able to charge notebooks fast.

How fast? The ZenPower PD is equipped with Power Delivery 3.0, which is tech-speak for: It’s the fastest charging standard available for batteries.

It’s pretty compact considering it’s something that can not only charge your phone, it can also power up laptops, or even a Nintendo Switch. This external battery pack can fit comfortably in my tiny everyday purse with space for all my other stuff.

Despite its small size, this thing is packed with 13600mAh which should be two to four charge cycles depending on what phone you’re using.

It’s equipped with two ports, a USB-A and a USB-C, which means you can charge two gadgets at the same time. According to ASUS, it also intelligently detects whatever device is plugged in and adjusts to whatever charging mode your gadget has. This means it shouldn’t shorten your device’s lifespan.

There’s even a flashlight on the ZenPower PD that lasts for five days — not that I’ve ever really used a flashlight on a power bank, but you never know!

This thing has been a great travel companion. I get more work done on long-haul flights because I can always just plug in my MacBook when I need more juice. However, be warned that it only really works with the really, really short USB-C to USB-C cord it came with; for some reason, my original Apple power cord refuses to work. Also know that it will charge (it got my MacBook to 30 percent in around 30 minutes), but won’t really charge enough while you’re using the laptop.

Nevertheless, it’s been pretty helpful. I’ve finished more than a few articles with this powering me. It’s also supposedly safe because ASUS’ PowerSafe tech controls voltage and even temperature so you shouldn’t have any trouble at all.

All in all, the ZenPower PD is a great backup that hardly takes up any space. Definitely something you should pack on your next trip.

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Global Sources: Content Creator Essentials

We found the must-have portable lighting setup for creators

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Here at Global Sources we’ve been on the lookout for products that you might be interested in either buying or selling, but in the process we found gadgets, equipment, and accessories that we like. As traveling creators, we’re still in the process of figuring out how to have a more efficient and effective mobile studio that we can carry with us wherever.

Telesin’s egg-shaped charging cases are perfect for our Sony a7s batteries — they’re colourful and handy. They also double as memory card readers and holders. We also found portable LED lights from Number King that makes setting up fuss-free. It has a built-in battery but is slim and small enough to fit in a backpack’s laptop compartment.


With all the traveling we do, taking care of one’s skin is downgraded to the bottom of priorities. An easy solution is a portable humidifier from Remax Life — it’s as small as a pen, and just needs a bottle of water to work its magic.

Last but not the least: a solar-powered backpack that’s surprisingly designed well and is stylish! Having a lot of compartments and extra room is always a plus for creators for our tools and knicknacks.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.

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Global Sources: Tech For Your Dream Home

Everyday appliances with a little bit of oomph.

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There’s a whole section of Global Sources’ that’s dedicated to home tech. And this year’s theme is giving everyday home stuff a techie twist. From USB-powered fans by Gegei, to Alexa powered humidifiers, to the retro-styled gramophone music player by Neon, to the ultimate bedside nightstand by Rombica.  We won’t be surprised if any of these products get swooped up by some big brand and make their way to your homes soon.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.


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Global Sources 2019: New Charging Solutions

USB rechargeable AA batteries and power banks that can jumpstart your car!

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Power Banks don’t have to be boring. In fact, here in Hong Kong we found some of the most interesting creations. Pocket-sized ones from Elitopower double as key chains and bag tags, Colorful slates from Rombica are design-forward and come with functional carrying cases,  and from creating my dream power bank that has built-in USB-C and Lightning cables, Schezhen-based Trusda also makes one that comes with jumper cables for your car.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.


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