Make a power play with the goBAT 6000 backup battery

goBAT 6000 Rugged Portable Backup BAttery

Not only is the battery waterproof, but it’s also completely dust-proof, meaning you’ll never have to worry about it shorting out. Photo: Scosche

You can tell a lot about a person by the number and type of apps they have on their phone, and if my home screen says anything about my values, it’s that playlists > newsfeeds. (Entirely separate folder just for apps that stream music? Check.)

Unfortunately, however, the apps we like to have running in the background while we’re in the backcountry — fitness trackers, Spotify, Insta, mapping tech — can suck the life force out of your battery. Considering that being able to use a phone for its original purpose if something sketchy happens is, you know, key to survival or whatever, bringing an alternate source of power is wise.

It’s just that, often, the lightweight, stick-style chargers I normally pack don’t provide enough juice to take the percentage out of free-fall fast enough.

Scosche goBAT 6000 Rugged Portable Backup Battery

Get juiced. Photo: Scosche

The Scosche goBAT 6000 Rugged Portable Backup Battery solves this problem with aplomb. Waterproof and dust-proof up to 3 meters, and military-spec drop/shock tested with flying colors, it’s beyond durable, and through some kind of tech witchcraft I’m not even going to begin to question, it packs enough power to charge most smartphones three times without blinking out.

Three times. Sold.

The company claims that their Perfect Charge USB port auto-detects the fastest charge possible for your device — and while typically I’d be skeptical, I can say from experience that this thing charged my iPhone 5s faster than a wall outlet. The included mini carabiner means that you can keep your phone or iPod in your pocket and charge it from the outside of your pack, too.

Let’s do this, Pandora.

Scosche goBAT 6000 Rugged Portable Backup Battery ($69.99)

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