Chargers & cables
Chargers, cables and miscellany
The move to USB-C devices has been a long journey and unfortunately I'm still in an awkward middle ground where I have a few remaining Micro-USB devices, some USB-A cables and some USB-C chargers. I've been trying to move to USB-C chargers where possible, so I have also had to begin investing in USB-C cables.
And you can never have enough battery life when traveling so I always have one of my Anker battery packs in my bag.
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux
I've been using Anker battery packs for years but it was only recently that they introduced models like this one that let you both charge the battery and other devices over the same USB-C port. This was the last link that means I can travel without USB-A cables entirely.
Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K
I got this 5000mAh wireless, MagSafe-compatible battery when the iPhone 12 mini was my primary phone. The battery life on the phone was horrendous so I used this quite often to get by. It served its purpose; it's very small and light.
USB-C Apple Watch Charger
I made sure to get USB-C Apple Watch charger for traveling. I opted for a very short one to make packing easier too.
Omoton C2 phone stand
Sturdy and high quality adjustable angle phone stand. Handy for testing designs and prototypes while designing at my desk.
USB-C to A adapter
Great build quality and much more compact than the Apple adapters, but you can't fit two next to each other on a MacBook Pro.
USB-A to C adapter
A less common adapter but I find it handy to plug in USB-C accessories directly into the USB hub in my desktop PC monitor.
USB-C to USB-C cable
I have 6-ft and 3-ft versions of this Anker cable
USB-C to Lightning cable
While I have a few Apple ones, I also got some of these cheaper Anker ones to have around the house and while traveling.
USB-C to Micro-USB
Because not everything is USB-C yet (Kindle!) but my chargers are.
Anker PowerPort III Nano
Ridiculously small 18W USB-C charger. If you remember the old 5W Apple USB-A chargers, it's the same size but a whole lot more powerful. It can charge iPhones and iPads no problem. Perfect for travel.
Anker Nano II
Slightly larger than the Nano above, this newer model is a 30W fast charger.
Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1
Small 30W dual USB-C PD charger using GaN tech. This charger is a maybe double the size as the 18W unit above but still much smaller than other 30W chargers not using GaN technology. It's enough power to charge a new MacBook Air.
Anker PowerPort Atom III
Tiny 60W USB-C PD charger using GaN tech
Anker PowerPort Atom PD 2
Tiny 60W dual USB-C PD charger using GaN tech. This one is a bit larger than the PowerPort Atom PD 2 above that has just one 60W USB-C PD port.
Anker PowerStrip Pad
A nice powerstrip with built-in USB-C and USB-A ports that I keep next to my couch to have easy access to laptop, iPad and phone charging.
Aukey Omnia 100W
Another USB-C PD charger packing GaN technology, but this one packs a whopping 100W. That's enough to power my 16" MacBook Pro that had a large 96W charger.
Bagsmart electronic organizer
Affordable small pouch for keeping track of cables and chargers while traveling.
tomtoc electronics pouch
While the same general size as the bag above, this one from tomtoc has slightly better build quality and is a bit thicker with more pockets. I use both depending on how much stuff I need to bring with me.