Power Up, Power On

Four devices that give a charge on the go

A dead phone on the ski hill, or in the backcountry, sucks. If there's no juice, that means zero selfies and no Instagram updates. What a tragedy. On a more serious note, if you don't have a charge and you get lost out in the woods, there's no GPS to help get your butt back to the truck. Luckily, it's easy to bring extra power. Here are four devices that will always ensure your social media channels stay fresh and that you get home safe.

PHOTO: Jakob Schiller
PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

Mophie Juice Packs
MSRP: $100-$120
Mophie Juice Packs are the most convenient battery backup devices because they're cell phone cases with batteries built in. iPhone and Samsung users have several options to choose from and most provide a 100 percent or 120 percent charge with the flip of a switch on the back of the case. That should keep your cell phone going all day even if you're making calls from the lift, listening to music while you ski, Facebooking during lunch, and then using Tinder at the bar. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller


Goal Zero Flip 10
MSRP: $30
The Flip 10 is tiny—barely bigger than a lighter—and it only weighs 2.5 ounces. It's also super affordable. For less than a Mophie you can buy three (in various colors) and have them scattered in your car, your bag, and your jacket so anytime your cell phone is running low, a Flip 10 is in reach. Thanks to a two-way USB setup on the device, you can also charge the Flip 10 and your cell phone at the same time, which makes things convenient when you're organizing your gear at night. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

PHOTO: Jakob Schiller
PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

Outdoor Tech Kodiak
MSRP: $50
The Kodiak is always in my ski bag—along with my beacon, shovel, and probe—whenever I head into the backcountry. With a 6000 mAh lithium-ion battery (and waterproof battery case) it'll charge my iPhone 5 three times, which should be plenty for those "oh shit "moments that sometimes happen out of bounds. I've never actually had to use the thing, but I like knowing the Kodiak is there and that I won't have to worry about my cell phone battery if I'm trying to find cell service to call Search and Rescue or follow a GPS route out of the woods. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

PHOTO: Jakob Schiller
PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

Brunton Torpedo 2600
MSRP: $40
The Torpedo 2600 makes the list because it's convenient. Unlike the Kodiak, the Flip 10, and the Mophie, which all need to be charged via USB, the Torpedo (which will charge a smartphone twice) can charge via USB and in your car's 12v power socket, otherwise known as the cigarette lighter receptacle. Not all of us have new cars with USB ports, so if you somehow forget to charge your power supply before leaving the house, you can still juice it up in your 1995 Subaru Outback on the way to the hill. You can also plug your phone into the Torpedo while it's juicing in the car to make sure everything is at a 100 percent charge before you start skiing. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller