During the 4+ days at Comic-Con, you will find that there is nothing more important than your phone. Whether it’s making calls, texting, taking selfies, videoing panels, recording audio, looking up the schedule, tweeting, or Googling Gaslamp locations, never before has technology been so important to the Comic-Con experience. Because of this, nothing drains your battery faster than being at Comic-Con and unless you can call thunder from the skies, you might be in trouble. With the overly congested network and longer than average spool times, your phone will run down on power two or three times faster than normal- especially if you are trying to upload pics to social media. So your number one resource during the show is power. Since there are few electrical outlets available at the convention center, you will need to be able to stay charged up all day (and all night if you are camping) on your own. Like a oasis in the desert, you might be fortunate enough to stumble upon a vendor equipped with a charging station- but don’t count on it. So your real only option is to have sort of external battery supply.
In past years, I have used the Mophie Juice Case to recharge my iPhone. Not only did it serve as extra protection for my phone but an extra battery as well. But the case battery has died and it’s time to make a new choice. Since I am only months away from an phone upgrade, I don’t want to invest in a specific case- so I am now hunting for an external battery to help keep me posting my ‘duck face’ selfies at the show. So naturally, the first place I went to was Twitter. After sharing some of my needs, ya’ll were awesome to suggest some options. In fact, I got so many tweets that I got inspired to write this post in order to share my findings with you all. This is what kind of battery I am looking for- and chances are, you are too:
- Being slim is my most important criteria
- Enough juice to fully charge my phone at least 2-3+ times (list 1000s mAh)
- A model that light but durable
- Not larger than my iPhone
- Reasonably priced
- Has a good reputation for lasting
Like last night on Twitter, leave your comments below with your specific battery experience, store links, photos, cost, etc. Tech nerds, this is your time to shine! I am guessing, many of us are open to upgrade if the quality and price is right so share your knowledge. If this is your first time to Comic-Con, make sure you heed this warning and pick up a good extra battery. NOTHING is worst than having 5% left on your phone when it’s 2p at SDCC- and I see it happen to new attendees every year. Even the Green Lanterns knows their limits. Thanks all and I am looking forward to your suggestions.