Adventure Tech: New Trent PowerPak Ultra USB Charging System

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These days when we travel, whether it is to some far off country or into the local backcountry, we tend to carry more electronic gadgets with us than in the past. Everything from our smartphones, mp3 players, GPS devices and even high tech watches, use rechargeable batteries and will like need to be juiced up while we’re in the field. In the past, we’ve seen various methods for doing just that, including the use of various solar chargers. But for many of us, a simple battery pack with USB ports will do the trick for all but the most intensive journeys. Now, there is a new ruggedized option that seems to be designed with adventure travelers in mind.

Yesterday, New Trent officially announced it’s PowerPak Ultra, a portable USB charging system that brings a lot to the table. For starters, it features a 14,000 mAh battery, which is enough recharge most smartphones as much as 7 times. It also has two USB ports, the first rated for 1A and the other 2.1A. The latter is powerful enough to charge even a tablet such as an iPad, while the former is good for use with less power intensive devices.

But what really sets the PowerPak Ultra apart from the crowd is its ruggedized construction. It’s outer shell is tough enough to resist scratches and most drops, which makes it a perfect companion to take into the backcountry. It also happens to be water resistant with an IP-67 rating. That means it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes without fear of damage, which will come in handy on paddling expeditions or visits to damp climates.

Best of all, the PowerPak is very affordable. The device runs just $69.95 and his available directly from New Trent or Amazon.

Kraig Becker

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