As a frequent traveler,¬†I’ve come to terms with the fact that I carry a big pouch around with way too many cords, accessories,¬†portable chargers, and backups to the portable chargers. Even so, I’m always looking for ways to lighten the load so I really love the idea of¬†the BOLT by FLUXMOB.

(Capitals are THEIRS just in case YOU WERE WONDERING.)

It’s a beautifully designed portable battery charger and wall charger in one; essentially the¬†prongs plug directly into the wall outlet¬†for charging, then they collapse down so you can pop it in your bag and charge your phone with a USB charger. It’s the first I’ve ever seen like that and it’s pretty brilliant–no need to carry¬†around a second¬†USB cable, an additional wall outlet charger for your phone, or to look for another USB source like a laptop for charging up the battery pack. The¬†durable rubberized finish, small size, and¬†minimal weight make it pretty awesome for travel.

Plus, it’s gorgeous.

BOLT portable charger plugs into a wall eliminating the need for two devices

BOLT portable charger is a battery and wall charger in one

BOLT portable charger: Charges right in a wall outlet saving the need for a second USB

 

It only takes a couple of hours for the BOLT portable charger to fully power up¬†an iPhone 5/5S–I understand Android phone¬†results are comparable–and you should get about 1-1.5 phone charges out of one BOLT. However it¬†does take another four or so hours for the BOLT to¬†fully charge back up again. And while it’s “officially”¬†compatible with any USB powered device, including cameras and MP3 players, I’d say the 5V / 1A output means it’s not ideal for tablets. One more little watch-out:¬†when you plug your phone¬†in, as with the Jackery and other juice packs, you have to be sure to press the button down to start the charging process or…no charging.

However there’s something wonderfully handy¬†about traveling with one little, palm-sized, 3.1-ounce gadget that takes the place of two. Three if you’re counting that second¬†USB cable¬†that I’ve left behind more times than I care to remember.

Find the BOLT portable battery charger for $59.99 at FLUXMOB in a variety of beautiful colors. Shipping is free.

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