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10 Durable Power Banks You Need So No iPhone Is Going To Drain From Now On

10 Durable Power Banks You Need So No iPhone Is Going To Drain From Now On

Could you live without your smart phone? Realistically, you are not going to drop dead without the aid of your phone. But it will make your day to day activities a difficult feat. They have become an integral part of our daily lives. Whether or not we plan on having our phone on us is a given. Of course we are! They have become an extension of ourselves. We use them to communicate, take pictures, gather information, share information, and to keep ourselves entertained.

We use our apps for nearly everything, from tracking our heartbeat, picking a place to eat dinner, to checking in on relatives overseas. We rely on our phones because they make our lives more convenient, but that convenience is only matched by the length of battery life. If our phones keep dying on us, their convenience is lost.

Consider that you had to take a trip a few hours away from home, realizing an hour into the drive that you’ve forgotten your charger. If your phone dies, you will be lost without the aid of your GPS. If you aren’t close to any major highways or convenience stores to find a new charger, you could be lost for a little while. That would not only a total drag, but a waste of time.

If that doesn’t convince you, imagine that you’re in the midst of a heated conversation. If your phone dies at an inopportune moment, you may not be able to get your point across; unintentionally destroying that relationship.

To help you out, I have compiled a list of 10 convenient power sources, so that you’re never left defenseless without the aid of your smart phone.

1. Lohi 7000mAh Ultra Slim Battery Case

    Who doesn’t love a 2 for 1 special? This case doesn’t only protect your phone, but it charges it on the go as well! You don’t need to worry about forgetting your charger, because it’s always with you as long as you have your phone. The power indicator keeps track of your battery power, so you always know how much you have left.

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    It can be yours for only $39.99! Buy it here!

    2. RAVPower 22000mAh Power Banks, High Capacity 22000 Portable Charger with 3 USB Ports

      You can charge up to 3 devices simultaneously with this portable charging port. It’s portable and light build makes it perfect for traveling with friends or a business outing. With a speedy recovery time, it charges up in just 11-12 hours. Just plug it in before you go to bed and wake up to battery power freedom! With this device, you can charge your smart phone up to 8 times!

      It can be yours for only $39.99! Buy it here!

      3. RAVPower Portable Charger RAVPower 6700mAh

        You can’t beat the value of this product! It’s small, compact and powerful! You can charge your phone at least twice before having to re-juice, so you’ll never be stranded without the aid of your device. It is available in a variety of bright colors, so no more boring black or white!

        It can be yours for only $16.99! Buy it here!

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        4. Iceworks 5000 ultra slim Portable Charger

          With its super slim and portable design, you can take this device just about anywhere !You can discreetly slip it into your pocket, or stow it away in your pocketbook. The apple-certified cables are already built in, so this charger is really all you need!

          It can be yours for only $33.6 ! Buy it here!

          5. RAVPower 20100mAh 65W(Max.) Built-in AC Outlet Universal Power Bank Travel Charger

            This device packs a lot of heat. It’s huge battery can charge your smart phone up to 8 times, and your laptop nearly twice! It offers Triple Protection & Safer Use, which includes overcharge protection, short circuit, current surge protection, air vents for safe heat dissipation and a dust cover to prevent dust from entering the device. It is compatible with an assortment of devices including GoPros, table lamps, printers, vacuum cleaners, and fans. You can charge up just about anything on the go!

            It can be yours for only $145.99! Buy it here!

            6. Grand Teton Power Bank

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              If you want a power port with pizzazz, this is the device for you.Stylishly wood crafted, this design separates itself from the rest. It provides enough power to fully charge a smart phone at least once.

              It can be yours for only $49.99! Buy it here!

              7. EMTEC Power Pouch 6000 mAh for Apple iPhone Lightning Version

                If you are looking for digression, this charger provides a hidden battery source inside of a stylish carrying case for both convenience and beauty. An extra USB port is located inside of the Power Pouch for additional charging for another device or a friend. This is ideal for emergency situations, as it provides enough power for 2 full charges. That’s 27 hours of talking time!

                It can be yours for only $24.99! Buy it here!

                8. PhoneSuit Flex XT Pocket Lightning Charger

                  This power port is so compact, it will take up little to no space in your pocket or bag. It’s thumb-sized design plugs directly into your phone, there are no additional cables needed. It’s the worlds smallest, lightening fast charger that will fully charge your device at least twice!

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                  It can be yours for only $50.00! Buy it here!

                  9. eShopMind Universal 8000mAh 3D cartoon Totoro Portable Power Bank

                    This devices cute cartoon design makes this power source impossible to resist! It’s lightweight design makes it easy to carry and transport for your convenience.This power bank provides a universal fit for iPhone, iPod, Samsung devices, other cell phones, and tablet PC’s.

                    It can be yours for only $19.99! Buy it here!

                    10. Aibocn Power Bank 10,000mAh External Battery Charger with Flashlight

                      Exquisite design and conveniently portable, it’s small design packs a punch with its high capacity.The unique fingerprint resistant design keeps a clean and attractive appearance. It’s double USB allows for simultaneous charging of your smart phone or tablet at exceptionally high speed. This device also offers intelligent safety protection, offering features such as overcharge support, over-discharge, over-voltage, over-current, and short circuit protection; making this product incredibly safe to use.

                      Perfect for the outdoorsy type, it also offers a backup flashlight feature, in case you find yourself lost in the dark while camping, hiking, or any emergency situation.

                      It can be yours for only $11.29! Buy it here!

                      The issue is that phones are becoming lighter and thinner at the expense of battery life. While apps are becoming more sophisticated, requiring more battery power to function. In order to maintain balance and level of convenience, we need a higher level of power supply to our phones.

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                      Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                      How to Be More Creative and Come up with Incredible Ideas

                      How to Be More Creative and Come up with Incredible Ideas

                      Regardless of how creative you already consider yourself to be, there’s a good chance you would like to level up your creative abilities.

                      You might want to write a better song, think of better solutions to problems at work or around the home or maybe paint a picture.

                      In any case, the good news is that creativity is not born: it’s made, and each one of us has the potential to be more creative and come up with incredible ideas.

                      “Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

                      The definition of creativity is broad, and reminds us that creativity is not limited to artists or musicians. It does however require that we have some kind of impact on the domain in which we create.

                      Creativity also emphasizes values.

                      “The process of having original ideas that have value” — Ken Robinson

                      This makes up for what Csikszentmihalyi misses out. For instance, we can make a change in the world without adding significant value. Any destructive act, like smashing a window, creates change, but it doesn’t necessarily create valuable change.

                      In short, there isn’t one single definition of creativity It’s up to us to find a definition that feels true and useful. When you know what your standard is, It’s much easier to embrace creativity and start to cultivate it.

                      And in this article, you will learn how to be more creative and take a good look at what goes into the creative skill:

                      1. Cultivate Focus

                      In order to create, there needs to be a focus on creating something, whether it’s a song, a theory, a product, or a sculpture.

                      You could also call this “drive” – it’s the initial spark that drives the solution to a problem, or the will to get on your laptop and start typing.

                      However, it’s worth noting there are different stages to the creative process: the divergent stage and the convergent stage.

                      In the divergent stage, we want a broad focus – we want to be willing to let in lots of different inputs, ideas and insights. This is the time for brainstorming all possible ideas and solutions.

                      In the convergent stage, we start to narrow our focus, like a camera lens. At this stage, we start to drill down to a handful of ideas or solutions, discriminating throughout the process.

                      How to cultivate focus?

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                      Take a 20 Minute Walk

                      Walking away and getting your heart rate up is the best free tool you have in regaining your focus.

                      I know it might seem counterintuitive to take a break right when you’re at your busiest, and especially when you’re drowning in your massive to do list, but the effects it will have on your clarity and ability to focus are undeniable.

                      Walking is physiologically proven to release stress, and clear your mind. In fact, most of my most brilliant ideas (and some pretty terrible ones too) have occurred on my daily walks.

                      If you give this technique a try, what you’ll find is that you’re much more productive than you were before you took a breather.

                      Over time, if you do these walks daily, you’ll quickly find that your to-do list starts to feel a lot less significant, and a lot more doable. It’s all about keeping razor focused, and that’s what short daily walks will gift you.

                      2. Build a Structure

                      When I wake up in the morning, I start the day with a structure in mind. I know that 15 minutes will be dedicated to meditation, 30 minutes to coffee and reading, 20 minutes to yoga and so on.

                      The structure of this morning routine might be boring, but the act of each task in itself has the potential to be, on some level, “creative.”

                      The point of structure is that it gives you the space to make time for something you want to do. It helps you carve out the time to do your creative work. Once you begin that thing in itself, you are free to go about it however you’d like.

                      Without structure, we can lose focus and can feel overwhelmed with possibility. If you’ve ever looked at a blank page and felt too overwhelmed with possibility to make a mark on it, you’ll know what I mean. How much easier it gets when you are given some guidelines or a deadline?

                      The trick is finding the right amount of structure for you and your creative needs. Too little structure and we feel overwhelmed. Too much structure, and we risk feeling limited and stifled.

                      Again, it’s worth thinking about creating in those two stages: divergent (less structure) and convergent (more structure.)

                      How to build a structure?

                      Create a Morning Routine

                      Your morning routine doesn’t have to be rigid or so arduous you dread waking up. In fact, it should feel like the opposite. When you get a routine that works for you, you’ll look forward to starting the day.

                      We all have different needs and preferences which can shape our ideal routine. In the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, you can be inspired over 160 different creators’ daily routines, from Charles Darwin to Pablo Picasso.

                      Experiment with any that take your fancy, and see how you feel with a bit more structure to start your day.

                      You can also take a look at this article about morning routine for inspirations: The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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                      3. Find Motivation

                      There is a theory that suggests: people will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself — not by external pressures. This is also known as intrinsic motivation; a drive that comes from within.

                      Think of a time when you did some of your best work — chances are you were totally absorbed in what you were doing, to the exclusion of everything else. You were completely focused on the work itself, barely noticing time flying by.

                      Now think of a time when you felt under pressure to perform. Maybe it was an exam, or a commission for an important client, or maybe your boss had told you “there’s a lot riding on this.”

                      Notice the difference? In the first memory, you were driven by intrinsic motivation, which made it relatively easy, even enjoyable, to be highly creative.

                      In the second memory however, extrinsic motivation was breathing down your neck, distracting you by whispering about the rewards for success and the horrible consequences of failure: likely making it harder to focus on the task at hand.

                      For this reason, intrinsic motivation, if you can find it, is what separates the good from great creative work.

                      This isn’t to say only internal motivators help. I personally get motivated by luring myself to work with a good cappuccino at my favourite cafe. That will get me ready to write or edit or whatever I’ve been avoiding.

                      How to find motivation?

                      Connect to Your “Why”

                      Your “Why” is your fuel: the thing that drives you forward, that gives you a reason to do what you’re doing.

                      ‘He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.’ — Friedrich Nietzche

                      When you have a reason to do something, a purpose or a goal that matters to you, you can connect your daily actions to it. Then, each act becomes infused with meaning and you find that intrinsic motivation comes naturally.

                      The trick is to remember your “why” and connect with it on a regular basis.

                      Think about how you want to feel on a daily basis. What would you like to accomplish in the next year? What would you like for yourself in the next five years? How about in your lifetime?

                      Ultimately, the tasks you face on a daily basis, or at least some of them, will connect to a greater purpose if you follow this path and you will find you feel more motivated to create and less resistance.

                      If you aren’t sure where to start looking for motivation, this will help: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                      4. Be an Expert in a Chosen Domain

                      Research has shown that just as expertise in one domain does not predict expertise in other unrelated domains; creativity in one domain does not predict creativity in other unrelated domains.[1]

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                      So just because you can paint a pretty picture, doesn’t mean you can creatively solve a mathematical problem.

                      If you’ve taken one of those tests like the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, which will ask you to think of a bazillion uses for a pencil, and scored well, unfortunately this is only an indicator of divergent thinking skills. It is not a predictor for creativity all round.

                      The good news is, you can train your creativity in your chosen domain. Much like a muscle, you can isolate exercises to strengthen it.

                      Of course you can still do a total body workout – or atotal creativity workout – but it means your creativity-training exercises need to come from a wide variety of domains; not just thinking up uses for a pencil.

                      How to become an expert?

                      Make a Mastery Training Plan

                      Following our physical workout analogy, it’s worth applying the habits of great athletes to your chosen creative domain. For example:

                      1. Decide what area/s you want to work on

                      Much like a tennis player who decides they need to improve their serving technique, you can decide what area within your creative domain you want to improve at. Get specific.

                      2. Decide how much time you can dedicate

                      Most of us don’t have all day to train like a pro tennis player might, but you can likely squeeze 20 to 30 minutes in a day, if you want to. Whatever the time you can allow is, decide to dedicate yourself to it.

                      3. Review your progress

                      Finally, in order to check your progress, you can take regular reviews. Decide what your metrics are, and take time each week to check in with yourself.

                      How many days did you practice? How did you compare to the previous week? This kind of review can help you stay on track, and actually creates more intrinsic motivation as you see yourself develop.

                      5. Create a Conducive Environment

                      A psychologist in 1943 proposed that behaviour is:[2]

                      “a function of both the person as well as the physical environment they are in.”

                      I would suggest that the act of creating is a behaviour and that, even though it begins as an internal process, it’s very much affected by and even dependent on the environment we are in.

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                      I started noticing how environment affects me when I worked in an office. Over time, I realized that the more people who were in or who were talking, the more distracted I was. If I got to the office early before my coworkers arrived, I was twice as effective.

                      I was even more effective if I was at home. Now that I work from home, I know I’m even more effective when in certain coffee shops. Ideally, places that have high ceilings, gentle lighting, some barely noticeable background music – and excellent coffee.

                      It’s these little variations in our environment that can really shape our creative output.

                      If you’re an introvert, you probably do your best work alone. If you’re an extrovert, you probably do your best work in the company of others.

                      This isn’t to say you should find one way of doing things and stick to it: in fact, varying your environment from time to time is a great way to stoke the creative fire too, which we’ll touch on more later.

                      How to create a conducive environment?

                      Add or Subtract Stimuli

                      Novelty in our environment has been shown to stimulate the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases our desire to seek out reward.[3]

                      If you’re looking for creative motivation, adding some novelty into your environment can be just what you need.

                      On the other hand, some people are highly sensitive and when it comes to having too much stimulation in their environment, they find it difficult to focus.

                      Experiment with working in different environments. Note how you feel. Note whether you do better creative work or have more interesting ideas when you’re alone or with others.

                      Try listening to music, people chatting or try being in complete silence. Try a dimly lit room, try working in bright sunlight.

                      In each case, note how you feel before, during and afterwards and rate the quality of your work.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Creativity is not one particular skill or talent one can have. It comes in as many broad and unique flavors as there are people on this earth.

                      To be more creative, take little steps each day. Acknowledge where and when you feel most inspired, motivated and original and spend more energy in those areas.

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