In the age of technology and social media, running out of power is a big no-no that will leave any respectable millennial panic-stricken. It pays to be prepared; it pays to have ready technology’s gift to humanity: the power bank.
Picking out a power bank that works for you is like picking out a date — it has to fit your needs and personality just right, for optimum effect. In my case, I need a spare battery that’s super portable so I can carry it around anywhere without hassle. The ASUS ZenPower Slim is pretty much up my alley.
The sleek device has a battery capacity of 3000mAh and it comes in black and white. The black version that I got looks simple and classy, and weighs almost nothing (almost nothing = less than 100 grams). It has one USB port, a micro-USB port, a power button, and a handy LED light.
But on to the cool part: I tested out the device just to see how it would fare in the everyday life of Isa, and what this teeny external battery would fit in. Here are the results.
My small, girly hands
Phone and power bank in hand, I had no problem walking while charging because this thing is even thinner and lighter than my actual wallet.
I often find myself heading out with my phone plugged and charging. I’ve carried around power banks that are thrice as big and probably four times as heavy as the ZenPower slim and it was a hassle.
The solution is pretty simple: I can’t grow my small hands but having a smaller power bank is definitely possible. No more dropping my phone, or my power bank — or both!
My makeup kit
I have a habit of stuffing non-makeup things into my makeup pouch because this is something I never forget to bring. But, as I’m sure most girls know, makeup kits aren’t the most spacious things — mine is bursting with random cosmetics!
Since the ZenPower Slim doesn’t take up much space, there was no problem fitting it in.
This also applies to those small and cute (but useless) night-out bags and evening gown clutches. Yes, ladies — this is the solution to that problem we’ve all had at least once in our lives.
My passport holder!
This thing is so thin and compact it fits things that aren’t even designed for it, like my passport holder.
Every time I travel, it’s easy access to my travel documents, cards, foreign currency, and extra power!
Just look at how perfectly snug that is in there. This is a match made in tech-travel heaven.
My jeans’ back pocket
Surprisingly, the ZenPower slim also fits in my skinny jeans’ back pocket.
Now, first of all, my pants are really tight and I’m just surprised that anything fits there at all. Second: It did not only fit the power bank, it fit the phone too and the bulge was not awkwardly big!
So yes, I carry around power banks everywhere I go because you never know when you’re going to need more juice. When I say everywhere, I mean everywhere! This particular gadget is perfectly sized for the slew of random activities I usually participate in as I don’t usually have space or energy for big bags or big, loose pockets.
All I really need most of the time is, more or less, one extra charge cycle and I’m ready to go. The ZenPower Slim gives me just that. With this power bank, I won’t ever need extra space or baggage.
The ASUS ZenPower Slim retails for PhP 520 in the Philippines.
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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS.
PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone
It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!
That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.
Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.
PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.
The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.
On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.
Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.
Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.
But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.
The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.
This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks
And doesn’t deplete your savings
Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.
The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.
The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.
The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.
InvisaWear: Great-looking smart jewelry that doubles as a panic button
Protected and in style
Who knew that something this pretty can potentially save your life?
These beautiful pendants are not just accessories. Called InvisaWear, these trinkets also double as panic buttons.
Designed specifically to be discreet, this different type of jewelry is the product of a harrowing experience. Rajia, InvisaWear’s CEO, was leaving an event when she was catcalled by a group of men in a car. As she was walking, the car stopped and one of the catcallers started to get off. Thankfully, Rajia, was able to get to her car and drive off unharmed. But, that incident left a mark on her: She felt completely helpless in the moment. Thus, the idea of an easy-to-reach panic button for everyday wear was born.
All you need to do is install the InvisaWear app, choose up to five emergency contacts, pair your jewelry to your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re all set.
With a quick double-click on the back of the charm, this accessory will send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. You can even enable 911 functionalities that will automatically connect your emergency contacts to 911, who’ll then be able to view your location.
The best part is that you can wear this every day without ruining your #OOTDs or tarnishing. These dainty and useful charms are made with brass and are plated with either 14K gold or rhodium with cubic zirconia.
Check them out here.
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