One of the elements that I loved about ABA Techshow was how many people came up and showed off their gadgets and gizmos. I love seeing how you’re using your Android devices, and what you’re using to “pimp out” your devices.

Thanks to one reader, I’m the new, and proud, owner of an Anker ASTRO External Battery.

Anker ASTRO External Battery

I’ve never had much desire for one of these, especially considering the fact that most Android phones contain a removable battery. However, as I discovered on my adventures in DC and Chicago, not having an extra battery or access to an outlet is detrimental.

Unfortunately, my HTC Droid DNA phone does not have an external battery. So as I was snapping pictures of the National Mall, Neil Armstrong’s moon rover, and the Star Spangled Banner, my phone slowly died. So much in fact, that one day the phone ran out of juice. Fortunately, I had the foresight to bring along my charger, but that meant stopping, charging, and eventually entering the ever-growing Spring Break lines.

With the Anker charger though, I can continue using my phone without a disruption. Of course, all of you with removable batteries are saying, “we told you so,” but I still like my HTC Droid DNA. Plus, the Anker doesn’t take up much room in my bag, and weighs a little more than my old removable battery.

What I also like about the Anker is the ability to charge my tablet. The Anker ASTRO features a micro-USB port for plugging into the device for charging the ASTRO . . .


And a full-size USB port for charging devices.


The ASTRO comes with a nice, mesh carrying case, and a variety of cables and plugs.


I purchased the less expensive model ($29.99 on Amazon) with 5600 mAh. So far, this has been enough to get me out of trouble. The company also makes a 10,000 mAh, high capacity model and a “lipstick” model.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the quality of the product, especially its heavy-duty feel. I give the Anker ASTRO External Battery 4.5 of 5 stars. This is a great addition regardless of whether you have a second battery.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Terrys1290 · March 28, 2014 at 3:19 am

I like the case they includes. The other day my friend brought me a RavPower 5600mAh and I found out it looks exactly like this one. It performs really good actually.

Lina Lu · October 9, 2014 at 1:28 am

compared with Kinkoo 6000mah portable charger, i prefer the latter, whose design and quality are more reliable. and i’m using it now. it just works well.

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