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.
Travelon: Stylish anti-theft bags that look good with your outfits
Keep your gadgets and gizmos safe on every trip
We’ve all heard the pitch: Travel bags that will protect your valuables, must-haves for any trip that’ll keep your gadgets and documents safe, ultimate strength bags that can’t ever be slashed, and so on…
As a traveler, I care a lot about my stuff’s security. However, I never really bought into the whole travel-safe bag hype for one reason: Most bags I’ve seen which advertised said safety travel features weren’t really good-looking in my eyes. I wanted travel-friendly packs that weren’t only functional, they needed to look good with my travel #OOTDs.
In an almost cosmic coincidence (I say this because I have a bunch of trips lined up), I discovered Travelon.
This brand carries a number of travel bags and lo and behold: I actually liked a lot of the bags on display in their store. This travel bag they sent me home with is one I’m particularly fond of.
The bag comes from Travelon’s tailored collection and comes in five different colors: onyx, sapphire, plumrose, aquamarine, and sable (which we have here). I love how muted this hue is, perfect for more dressed-up looks.
As good as it looks, this bag is also one tough cookie with slash-resistant panels built into it. Just how strong is it? Well, we tried it out and let’s just say shenanigans won’t cut it (literally).
Even its detailed straps are slash-proof so you can be sure they stay on your shoulders.
Unique to Travelon is their locking hardware. Zippers are fitted with clasps that act as an extra precaution. Your bags won’t be opened as easily because of this. You can lock it on either side of the zipper…
… or lock the two handles together.
Inside, your stuff is always organized. You won’t believe the number of pockets this bag has.
There are card compartments, a slot for your passport, even a pen holder, plus another zippered pocket. These compartments also block RFID meaning the information on your passport and credit cards are safe from scammers who will attempt to get your info through a random scan.
There’s even a key holder because there’s nothing more infuriating than having to rummage through your bag for your keys.
All these features packed into an unassuming good-looking bag.
This particular bag is priced at US$ 80 which isn’t bad, most anti-theft bags are priced similarly.
And, if you’re going to spend, might as well spend on something that looks good, right?
This is a notebook that will charge your phone because why not
One good-looking and useful planner!
The good old notebook is being given an update.
If you’re still sentimental about stationery, or if you’re the pen and paper type of gal and you still can’t shake your organizer habits, this folio might be right up your alley.
The Tesmo notebook is a good-looking journal. The outside is bound by a durable leather material, there are slots for your pen, cards, and notes, plus you can easily refill the pages with standard A5-sized paper. What’s so different about this organizer then?
Place your phone on the notebook and you’ll find out. This organizer doubles as a wireless charger. Basically, it will charge any Qi charging-capable device — that means your iPhone X and most Android flagships — without even plugging in the phone.
With an 8000mAh battery capacity stored away in its cover, this notebook also allows simultaneous charging of up to three devices. It’s equipped with all the ports you’ll ever need: micro-USB, USB-C, and Lightning adapter.
It’s the journal that every career woman needs — well, okay, not exactly need. It would be cool, though. And, it’s honestly one profesh-looking planner. It comes in gray, black, and brown (pictured).
Check out their Kickstarter page here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 accessories for every mood
Take your pick!
The Galaxy Note 9 has just been announced and you’re convinced you need one. You’re definitely getting it once they’re available and you can’t be happier. What now?
Well, time for some phone outfits! Er, you know, phone cases. 😅
Thankfully, Samsung has also released a slew of accessories for their newest flagship. Take your pick!
Flashy and sophisticated
When to use: For days when you’re feeling extra
Samsung’s signature cover has always looked good…
… and now, there’s a Clear View Standing cover for the new Note. It’s so shiny!
You can check notifications on your phone without even opening the cover and control stuff from the side of the case.
In some regions, there’s also a lavender version of this case and it looks as amazing as the rest of these.
By the way, did I mention that these cases also double as stands? Yep, awesome.
A rugged solution
When to use: On hikes, beach trips, or random adventures; or for use when you’re inherently a klutz
Are you all about protecting your phone? Are you just plain clumsy?
This Protective Standing Cover may be for you.
They’ve been tested and given a military rating so this means your precious Note is all protected — believe me, I’ve seen this case smashed in front of my face and it survived. 😅
There’s also a tiny stand, which snaps out easily so it won’t ever break. Perfect for comfortably watching stuff on your phone anytime, anywhere.
Even with the case on, you can still do wireless charging! And, I’m going to say it: Reminiscent of Rimowa luggage solutions, these cases make quite an impression.
Au naturelle with a twist
When to use: On lazy days when you’re keeping it real
This is the Note 9’s “just got out of bed look.”
A barely there case that will make sure your phone is protected.
Simple but detailed
When to use: Everyday office look as part of your power dressing
This good-looking case adds a touch of detail to your wardrobe. It’s all in the texture!
This is Samsung’s LED view cover. Of course, you’ll be able to see notifications through the case.
Not only is it pretty, it’s also pretty functional. There’s a card holder, too.
You can control the phone with shortcuts even without opening the case.
There’s also a violet version available in some regions.
Fun and cutesy
When to use: For everyday gallivanting in the metro; the best accessory for casual #OOTDs
Samsung’s version of the silicone case with a colorful twist — an easy cover that adds protection and character to your phone.
It comes in black, blue, white, and violet.
Classic-looking and comfortable
When to use: You’re feeling timeless
For the leather lovers, Samsung has something for you, too.
Their Leather Wallet Cover is made of genuine Italian calf leather.
It has an inner lining which protects your phone and a useful pocket that keeps cards.
There’s also a red one (in some regions) if you want to sass it up.
Bonus: Since I’m on a roll, I didn’t want to stop at cases. Here are some more Note 9 accessories you might find useful.
Wireless Charging Pad
When to use: You’re living your best life and traveling everywhere
This multi-function charging pad will not only charge your Note 9, it will also power up your Galaxy Watch.
Wireless Charger Duo
When to use: For your everyday life because it’s the most efficient thing
Charge your phone and Galaxy Watch wirelessly, and at the same time!
HDMI to USB-C Cable/Adapter
When to use: You’re doing a presentation at work or Netflix and chilling
No need for docks! Project whatever’s on your Note 9 on a bigger monitor with just a cord.
Enjoy your Note 9! 😉
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