ECOXGEAR EcoCharge 2015 GTV Gift Guide

The EcoCharge is the size of a roll of quarters and can keep your phone alive no matter where you go. Photo: ECOXGEAR

It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a causal bike ride or skiing down a mountain trail, there is nothing worse than having your cell phone die while you’re out and about. And while it would be nice to be able to carry a portable power bank with you everywhere you go, given the size of many portable chargers, that simply isn’t feasible. And that’s exactly where ECOXGEAR’s EcoCharge ($20) comes in handy.

Roughly the size of a tube of lipstick, the EcoCharge may be the most portable power bank we’ve seen. And given that it’s completely waterproof and shockproof rubber casing, you can take it anywhere without worrying, making it easy to slip in your pocket whether you’re out trail running or skiing glades.

The ability to carry it around in the pocket of your pants or shorts might seem like a minor benefit, but when you consider the alternate of potentially having to rock a backpack with a portable battery the size of a brick while on the trail, you realize just how convenient the EcoCharge is.

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Ultimately, though, with that convenience comes limitations. While some power banks have the capacity to fully charge a smart phone as many as four times over, the EcoCharge can only hold a charge large enough to fill your cell’s battery once. Still, its convenience is its biggest selling point, and no other power bank can claim to be quite as portable as the EcoCharge.

ECOXGEAR EcoCharge ($20)

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