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Train Traveling

by Stephen Shields, Frequent Business Traveler and iPhone-ographer

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I love trains of all types!  Usually I’m in airplanes but, when I can, I’ll take the train!  I can show up 10 minutes before the train leaves.  I can stand up and walk around while it’s moving.  I can spread out in the cafe car and work without worrying about knocking elbows with someone sitting beside me while I type!

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I even enjoy the shuttle trains one finds at airports, whether it’s the train with the cool enclosed spaces at Orlando International or the above ground AirTrain at Newark Liberty Airport.  On those rare occasions when I’m not on the road and can actually visit my DC office, I take the Marc Train in to Union Station and then grab the DC Metro to my stop.

Whether moving by plane, train, or automobile, my Powerocks portable charger gives me the peace of mind to know I will always have power to take photos of the interesting train or station shots I see!

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                                                                                      Stephen Shields is a husband, father, writer, management consultant, and iPhone-ographer. Stephen, his wife Beth, his three teen-aged daughters, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback live in the Baltimore, MD area. Stephen very much enjoys shooting landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, and architecture on his many business trips and has about 190 iPhone photography apps.  He never leaves home to travel without his Powerocks portable charger. 

What’s yours is mine.

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I purchased my Powerocks at an NHL New York Islanders game with their team logo on it (Go Islanders!). I have never heard of Powerocks before seeing it that night on one of the players Instagram. I am a police officer and a volunteer firefighter and often need my phone charged frequently throughout the day.  I used it (and still do) almost on a daily basis.  I knew that when I, and my now wife, where going out of the country for almost 2 weeks on our honeymoon, that we needed to have ‘back-up.’  I bought this for myself, but now that I am married, you know that old saying, “what’s mine is hers.”!  We used our phones as our camera/video source, so we had to make sure to never miss amoment… and we didn’t!  She loved it so much that I basically lost it to her during that trip.  Couldn’t have been happier with my purchase. Powerocks made our honeymoon picture perfect, giving us the ability to use our phone/camera’s for hours on end!! Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Michael and Catherine Jurgens

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Thank you to Michael for sharing your testimonial! Michael recently won a Powerocks Facebook contest, so not only will he have a Powerocks Magicstick of his very own (again) but his team at the Valley Stream Fire Department will have ten more at their disposal so they can always #StayConnected when it matters most!

Congratulations and best wishes on your marraige, Michael & Catherine! 

Be Selective.

Kris H., a National Account Manager  here at our Powerocks headquarters, is passionate about our products, and the safety and reliability of them. Make no mistake, not all portable charging solutions are the same. Kris takes us through some general reasons why its important to be selective when considering your portable charging solution.  

Keep Your Life Line Alive!

Smartphones are not just phones – they’re small, powerful computers that make phone calls, too. Since we depend on our phones for so much, let’s face it: our phones are our life lines, and when the battery drains, we’re dead in the water.

So what do we do when our life line loses power? We hunt around for the nearest plug. And when the location of the power outlet is inconvenient, we’re either missing the action, missing our phone, or both.

That’s been solved with the recent invention of portable chargers, allowing us to charge up devices anywhere, anytime. But with nearly 200 million web search results for ‘portable battery’, ‘portable charger’ and the like, how do you pick the best?

When it comes to the high-end technology, ‘cheaper’ almost always means ‘worse quality’ – a Pinto can never be mistaken for a Mustang, and a cheap power source can never perform the same as a high-quality option.

Here’s a quick battery test you can try before you buy: Pick it up and notice the weight and density. If it feels plasticky or like there’s no weight to it, chances are it’s one to pass on. The reason? A high-quality portable charging solution will include cutting-edge electronic components to help regulate and protect you and your devices from:

–       Overheating, melting, corrosion or explosion

–       Overcharging your devices’ batteries, lessening total capacity

–       Losing overall charge capacity

So be sure to look for a high-end power solution that’s made of quality materials to avoid getting scammed by cheap remanufactured materials – some low-end chargers on the market even use recycled lap top batteries for their cells!

Although you can find competitors selling for $15–$30 for 1000–2000 mAh, they only last a few charges and then they may lose power capacity and die altogether. A quality solution doesn’t cost much more at $40 to $50 for 3000 mAh, giving you the technology to keep you and your devices charged up safely.

Best of all, most quality portable chargers have warranties and customer service support that you can actually contact – because when it comes to being disconnected, nothing is more important than a life line.

#StayConnected with Powerocks USA for SAFE, FAST, and RELIABLE portable charging solutions to get you disconnected from outlets and reconnected with life! #GetOffTheWall

Backwoods with Powerocks

Backwoods employees Brian Tipton and Jake Tostenson, along with our friend Tyler Warner and myself took off for Colorado 3 am New Year’s Day with our eyes set to attempt winter summits on Gray’s and Torrey’s peaks- two of Colorado’s famous 14,000 foot peaks in the Front Range.  Being winter in the mountains there were many factors we had to consider to stay safe while climbing- and camping, but the most important of all was avalanche danger.  That and maybe keeping our music rolling while we would be stuck huddled in our tent staying warm at our basecamp.  

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Photo: Sunrise over main camp at the base of Gray’s Peak

For safe climbing in the mountains during this season we needed accurate and up to date avalanche information and forecasting as frequently as we could get it, but with the roaming cell phone signals and single-digit temperatures we would have been hard pressed without our Powerocks portable chargers to juice up our shriveling batteries two or three days in- when we would need it the most. 

After a hard debate, ultimately we decided to abandon our summit attempt due to the extremely high avalanche danger coming in with the 18” of new snow.  Thanks to Powerocks, we were actually able to keep our communication open through the freezing weather and we were able to receive the news that would make us decide it was becoming too dangerous.  We tucked tail and settled our trip woes with the backup plan:  Snowboarding! We went to try out the fresh powder brought in from the snowstorms and of course we would need our GoPros to capture it. By this time, Brian had helped us suck the battery dry in one camera already, but there was a Powerocks for that! 

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Photo: Cutting fresh powder lines in the new snow * taken by Camera charged with Powerocks*

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Photo: Jake and I (Logan) riding Lift 9 into the heavens *GoPro photo charged by Powerocks*

On our other day off that we received due to our summit-bust, we decided to enjoy the weather down in Boulder and go for a hike up to the flatirons where we brought our Powerocks with us so that we could ensure that our cameras would be alive when we got to the top. By the time we were in the Flatirons, we had been powering our GoPros, Iphones, Our GoalZero portable speakers, our TurtleShell Speaker, and even our dazzling ENO tent lights for going on 4 days in heavy snow- all by our Powerocks chargers.  This was really impressive to every one of us considering the widespread knowledge that batteries just flat out don’t work in the cold.  We were expecting it.  We would have probably even been okay with it.  But they persevered.  Mind you, we took care to keep our chargers protected from as many elements as we could (storing them in our jackets on the move, and sleeping bags overnight) but the Powerocks were the only electrical devices that we brought that did not die in the cold.  Good thing they were the chargers for all the other devices! 

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Photo: Jake and Brian looking out on the city of Boulder after a short free solo of the 2nd Flatiron

The trip was great, and we will be bringing Powerocks again. These things are tough!

*All photos included were taken by devices that were charged by Powerocks 

Climb for Change: THREE Peaks, Two Beards & $5000

By Landon Faulkner: Make Adventure 

I checked my watch, it was 11am. We were 2.5 hours behind schedule and my body told me why with each step. It had been hard to get out of our sleeping bags that morning and even harder to start climbing. We had prepared for the two day, all out climb of two peaks, but that didn’t mean we were somehow exempt from the pain of it all. We knew it would be a tough climb, but we had made it tough with the purpose of raising money ClimbForChangefor Peak 7 Adventures, a non-profit that provides outdoor adventure programs for at-risk teens. We thought about the kids we were helping with our $5,000 goal with each step.

Andrew quickly joined me at 10,457 feet above sea level on the highest point of Lassen Peak. I double checked the altimeter and my GPS Topographical Map on my phone for final confirmation of what I already knew from the view, we could go no higher. Looking north Mount Shasta stood equally snow-capped in it’s brilliant 14,179 ft. Directly to the west and below us sat the Lassen crater, the remains of the active volcano’s last major eruption. Indeed we had a brilliant 360 degree view of mountains upon mountains.

We had done it! We had summited our second peak in two days, all that was left was the return trek to our vehicle to round of our 30 mile trip and to hopefully reach our fundraising goal (we currently need $422 to meet our goal). We snapped some photos standing tiredly, yet happily, upon the summit and prepared for our descent. I checked the battery on my phone, my primary navigation, photography, and all around used device; 24% charge left. I pulled out my Powerocks Rose Stone, plugged in my phone and hit the button to begin charging as I had 3 times already during the trip for a full charge each time. I tucked the device and portable charger in my pack and began the descent.

“2.5 hours behind schedule. We can make that time up on the way down” I said to Andrew.

“Yeah man, time for some glissading” he responded with a smile.

Once on an open pitch of snow we began sliding down the steep face of Lassen Peak using our ice axes as breaks in a maneuver which is called “glissading.” What had taken us a few hours to climb that morning took a matter of minutes to descend. Returning to camp we packed up and headed out hoping to continue to make up time. We followed the park road we had snowshoed up the night before in complete darkness continuing to make up time on the gradual descent. I checked my GPS map on my phone to double check a shortcut and noticed my phone was nearly back at 100% after about an hour of charging. I unplugged my phone putting it in my pocket and began climbing Diamond Peak ridge, our shortcut, and a third peak we had decided to add to the list at the last moment.

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By 6pm we had summited Diamond Peak and found our way back to the trailhead and our vehicle. We had officially finished! We had summited Brokeoff Mountain Friday morning and climbed to a base camp that same afternoon and evening. We started early Saturday and summited Lassen Peak, then Diamond Peak and had completed the three peak, 30 mile journey only 30 minutes behind schedule. A hamburger and a nap never sounded better.

Landon and his cousin Andrew tackled a total of three mountain peaks and over 30 miles of snowy terrian and raising over $5000 for Peak 7 Adventures. Powerocks was  proud to help them #MakeAdventure by giving them #PowerWithoutLimits! Landon and Andrew used Flash Magicsticks as well as two Rose Stones on their two day trip.