Maybe someday (maybe even tomorrow, though I doubt it), Apple will engineer an iPhone that can charge wirelessly, just by sitting on the right surface. No cables, no wall warts, no hassles.
Summer is the time for getting outdoors and wearing out the batteries in your mobile gear. I've been messing around with two Energizer-branded chargers for the home and car on a recent road trip.
Made by Bright Manufacturing, the cup inverter is billed as the smallest of its kind in the world. It has a compact form that fits easily into a cup holder in your car or boat. … Read more
If you're always on the go, you know the importance of bringing supplemental power for your mobile devices. After all, a dead smartphone doesn't do you a lot of good.
There's just one problem with mobile chargers: You have to keep them charged, which not only adds extra hassle but also limits their overall value. (A dead charger doesn't do you a lot of good, either.)
You know what never (hopefully) runs out of juice? That big fiery orb in the sky. So if you spend a lot of time outdoors, consider a solar charger, one … Read more
The ChargerGenie is a bit of a head-scratcher. At first glance, you might think it's an insulated lunchbox, or perhaps a large makeup tote. On closer inspection, you'll notice what looks like a power strip on the bottom. It consists of two things you don't expect to see married to each other.
Once you take the time to contemplate the ChargerGenie, it starts to make a little more sense. It's an Indiegogo project looking to raise $45,000 to go into production. Normally, you would stuff your electronic devices into a purse, sack, or some sort of bag, and then carry a power strip separately. This project simply puts them together.… Read more
The death of a 23-year-old Chinese woman last week, who was allegedly electrocuted while answering a call on her iPhone, is now believed to be linked to a third-party USB charger.
Ma Ailun was apparently using a third-party charger with her iPhone 4, instead of one made by Apple. That's according to Xiang Ligang, a phone expert interviewed by CCTV earlier this week (Google translation), who suggested that the charger may have had fewer safety measures built into its hardware, and experienced a failure.
The incident, which is still being investigated by both Apple and local authorities, was originally … Read more
Some days it's tough to settle on a single deal. Hence the creation of "three-deal Thursdays." And sometimes "five-deal Fridays." But Wednesdays? Never. That's because there's no number that starts with W -- and I'm all about the alliteration. (You didn't realize you were dealing with a grammar nerd, did you?)
Anyway, today I've got three pretty sweet deals, including a couple items I've never featured before. Hit the comments and let me know what you think of them.1. A sexy all-in-one desktop
All-in-ones are great for kitchens, … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about earlier this year.
Calling all students! It's time to upgrade your backpack. I mean, seriously, you're not still using one that just carries stuff, are you?
Today only, and while supplies last, Yugster has the Powerbag 3,000mAh backpack for $48.97, plus $10 for shipping. That's after applying coupon code FREEYUGBUCK at checkout. Price just about everywhere else: $129.99.
This is one of my all-time favorite products. It's true, I still carry a backpack when I travel, and I've used this very one … Read more
What if people could charge their phones by going for a walk? No electricity, no power outlets, no more dealing with dead phone batteries. This idea actually isn't too farfetched.
A new Kickstarter campaign is focused on getting funding for a power generating shoe insert that lets users charge portable devices -- like smartphones, music players, and GPS devices -- while they walk.
The device is called SolePower and is currently in an alpha prototype phase. The company is looking to raise $50,000 by July 18 to start working toward finalizing a mass producible product.
SolePower founders Matthew … Read more
I first encountered the MyCharge Peak 6000 at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Since then it has become my most prized travel accessory. I literally never leave home (for a trip) without it.
Why am I so enamored with something as basic as a mobile charger? Simple: the Peak 6000 does right what every other mobile charger does wrong.
For starters, it packs a 6,000mAh battery, which can recharge an average smartphone three to four times. Even better, you recharge the Peak's battery by plugging the entire unit right into an AC outlet. Its fold-up wall prongs … Read more