If you have ever used your phone while spending time in the snow, you’ve likely experienced this problem first hand: batteries do not like the cold and die very quickly. And, as someone who’s job entails using a phone in the snow all the time, this can be problematic for me.
I’ve tried different solutions—from a charging phone case to putting hand warmers in pockets with my phone—and so far the Outdoor Tech Kodiak Mini 2.0 has stood apart from the pack. This this portable charger is waterproof, shockproof, super durable and carries enough charge to fire up both my phone and other electronics. To top it off, it has a 5-LED flashlight built in with 100-lumen high, 65-lumen low and emergency strobe modes.
Photo: Rachel Bock
I’ve taken one of these on a number of trips, from our Ski Test at Snowbird to our Park Test at Aspen Snowmass, and have used it to charge phones, GoPros, gimbals and more. Because of its reliability, the charger is now something I put in my pack anytime I hit the slopes. If you’re looking for a product that can save your phone in the cold, be used as a light in emergencies and give some juice to other USB-charging devices, this energy pack is one to consider. —Sarah Sherman, Social Media Coordinator