What We Chose GP Batteries: eco-friendly, versatile
Price: £4.99 (battery set), £25 (Charge AnyWay plus batteries)
More info: uk.gpbatteries.com
Now, for better or for worse, technology has become a huge part of our lives, even when we’re looking to escape it by heading out to the mountains. That technology, things like smartphones, Garmins and head torches, needs to be managed and their charge carefully looked after – and that’s where power banks, like the one featured here, which is called the GP Charge AnyWay, come in.
You’d be correct in sounding confused as to why we’d include a portable power bank in our Green Gear Guide. What’s so ‘green’ about a portable power bank? Well, that’ll be the nifty RecyKo+ batteries that come with it.
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Instead of a regular a lithium-ion cell you’d expect to find within the casing of a regular power bank, the GP Charge AnyWay can run off the replaceable and rechargeable lithium-ion-free RecyKo+ NiMH batteries that GP make. These, as we’ve found at Outdoors Magic, are excellent, and the good news is that four of these in AA size are supplied with the bank (which also complies with AAA) to juice up your tech with.
These batteries can all also be used separately from the power bank in any battery operated appliance. Therefore, with the power bank and these batteries, you’ve got the versatility to power either lithium-ion items or standard replaceable ones (things like torches or walkie talkies).
The RecyKo+ batteries are charged up using the Charge AnyWay as a dock – with little green lights indicating the charge – or you can even slip them into GP’s Xplor Head Torch (purchased separately) and charge them via its Micro USB porch.