Anker Astro2: the commuters friend

My life is basically a series of trips on public transport punctuated by occasional other activity (work, social life etc). My current job is responsible for a minimum of 13 hours a week of commuting – the vast majority of that on a train route that has no wifi, minimal 3G connectivity and worst of all no power sockets.

I’m still trying to find a solution to the 3G issue but the power problem has been resolved thanks to a random blogpost from author and internet fiend Warren Ellis. This post introduced me to the Anker Astro2. The Anker has been a god send these last three weeks – happily holding enough charge to completely resuscitate my empty Nexus4 and have enough juice left to charge my iPod Nano. It also comfortably refuelled my iPad3 on a trip back from Titchfield.
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It is not lightweight but justifies the extra strain in my shoulder when carried and Amazon have been selling them half price recently (I think there is be a new model).

It is recharged itself via a standard mini USB wall charger so is pretty low maintenance and while I haven’t ‘crash tested’ it it certainly looks like it could take a beating (though the connectors it comes with look a little flimsy so I swapped them for stuff I had laying about.)

For anyone who has a lot of commuting in their life I’d definitely recommend it. It will have a permanent spot in my commuting bag going forward (now just need to get a new bag – but thats another post!)

 

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