The powermonkey-classic was the first charger manufactured by Powertraveller in 2006, bringing a whole new meaning to the term “portable power”.  Negating the need for an array of different chargers and cables, its compact, lightweight design and charging capabilities quickly made it one of the most popular power solutions available on the market and the name “powermonkey” has become well recognised throughout the UK and Europe as a Made for iPodTM accessory.

The powermonkey-classic incorporates a lithium-Ion battery which can recharge your mobile phone fully up to three times before you’ll need to recharge the powermonkey unit. It will also give you up to 40 hours of play time on your iPod, 48 hours on your PDA and up to 5 hours gaming on your handheld games console. Weighing just 70 grams and measuring 88 x 39 x 37mm, powermonkey-classic will work with any electronic device up to 5.5 volts and comes with a universal mains adaptor that works in over 150 countries around the world. Included with the powermonkey is a pack of adaptors (monkeynuts) for the leading mobile phone brands (including Sony-Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia and BlackBerry), as well as tips for other handheld gadgets such as iPod and Sony PSP. It is also compatible with the latest iPhones. The powermonkey-classic portable charger can be recharged either by the included universal mains charger or via the retractable USB cable in the kit.

The new powermonkey-classic V2 (Version 2), has the same functionality as its predecessor, but aesthetic improvements include a sliding ON/OFF switch to prevent accidental activation and recessed LED lights, making the unit more streamlined. The new unit is also slightly slimmer and smaller in length.

Available at www.cabelas.com ($64.99)