As difficult as it can be for me to admit at times, I am a member of the digital age. Though I have actively reduced my material possessions over the years, my smartphone is my portal to the boundless information floating around on the Internet. It's my lifeline in the event of an emergency. It's the way I communicate with people who aren't standing within 10 feet of me. It's how I look up answers, instructions, and recipes. I share photos on it, record memories on it, set my alarm clock on it, make todo lists on it... etc. Most importantly, it is also my navigator on unfamiliar roads.
In other words, this is the most frequently used tool I own, and I need to keep it on.
As active outdoor enthusiasts and vanlife fans themselves, the creators behind Nomad Goods are well aware of the low-battery struggle. So they set out to design minimalist portable power solutions meant to seamlessly integrate into the lifestyle of the 21st century nomad. Their entire product line revolves around four words: small, light, durable, and practical.
I use their Roadtrip Charger on a daily basis. If you live in a van, go on micro-trips, commute to work, or even drive to the grocery store once in a while, this is one of the most practical things you can take with you. Like a normal 12-volt car charger, you just plug it into the cigarette lighter to charge your phone while driving. Unlike its generic counterparts, however, the Roadtrip simultaneously charges itself. In just 2-3 hours, it stores a full phone's worth of power for later.
I've been keeping it plugged in while I drive, then bringing it with me to my van-bed at night. This way, I don't drain my car battery or my Goal Zero Yeti 400 while I sleep. In the morning I just plug it back in to the car, and repeat the cycle again. I also take it with me if I know I'm going to be out and about or away from my van for a while - it's small enough to just throw in a pocket or a purse.
There are few things I hate more than a tangled mess of wires. By combining the Roadtrip with Nomad's Key Cable, I have a tiny yet compete mobile charging system with me at all times. The Key Cable is actually even smaller and thinner than my car key. I don't even notice I have it until I need it. Since I always have my keys with me, and the Key Cable is always on my ring, I never forget to bring one and don't have to deal with the tangled nuisance of traditional cables while I'm on the go.
In combination, the Roadtrip and the Key Cable are the dream team for road-based travelers. The rest of their line includes other compact cables like the Carabiner; portable power packs like the Power Plant and Wallet; and Apple Watch accessories like the Pod and Stand. Be sure to check these options out too.
When you find the elegantly designed portable power solution that seamlessly integrates with your lifestyle, you can use discount code TINY10 to receive 10% off at checkout!