Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


The perfect, portable travel charging kit for Apple fans

Got an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods that need to be kept charged when you're out and about? Here's a compact charging kit that will keep everything powered up.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Portable charging kit components spread out on a mat

My portable charging kit.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

I tend to go through phases of traveling heavy and traveling light. 

Right now, I prefer the convenience and ease of traveling light, and that means no unnecessarily large chargers, enormous cables, or hefty power banks.

Here's the kit I've put together instead. 

It's small, lightweight, portable, and perfect when traveling with my iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods

1. A great multipurpose wireless charger 

The Apple MagSafe Duo wireless charger is a fold-out charger that, for me, is ideal for travel. You can charge an iPhone and Apple Watch together on a nightstand, and you can pop your AirPods or AirPods Pro case onto the MagSafe charger when that needs the occasional power top-up. 

The MagSafe Duo packs down small, but opens out into a super convenient charging station, with the added benefit of there being no annoying lights to keep you awake at night.

Also: The best wireless charging pads

2. A charger to power the charging pad

Don't let the tiny size fool you -- the Anker Nano II charger is mighty powerful (ignore the fact that I have the UK version here -- the US version is the same apart from the plug and the power it runs on).

This 30W charger is able to power the Apple MagSafe Duo charging pad when charging both an iPhone and Apple Watch, and it can double as a stand-alone charger when you want to get a faster charge than MagSafe will give you.

3. A power bank

This Baseus power bank is a great combination of technologies -- a 6,000mAh power bank (enough for close to a full charge on the biggest iPhones) capable of up to 15W wireless (7.5W on the iPhone) and 20W wired charging, and the convenience of being able to attach it to the iPhone using MagSafe.

A great bit of kit, and a lot cheaper than the Apple equivalent.

Also: The best MagSafe battery pack for your iPhone

4. A charging cable

Yup, you're going to need a cable. Apple's Lightning-to-USB-C cable is a good choice because you get a small, lightweight, yet durable cable that will power both your MagSafe Duo charger and your iPhone. 

Parts of portable travel charging kit stacked on top of one another

The whole kit packs down small.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET
Editorial standards