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RAVPower Dynamo On-the-Go Power Bank review

on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Flashlights are a long-time geek obsession. Recently, we’ve had to add USB chargers, just because so many of our devices charge this way. Imagine combining the two into a single, portable device. Mmmmmm… Geek heaven! Well, that’s what the fine folks at RAVPower have done. The Dynamo On-the-Go Power Bank is a flashlight, a reading light,Read More…

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KERO charging cables cover the long and the short of it

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Have you noticed how short the charging cables included with devices always are?  It’s really difficult to find an outlet that lets you comfortably use your device as you charge it with those little 3-foot long cables.  The Lasso Lightning cable ($29.99) from KERO is 10 feet long, so you’ll never be faced with havingRead More…

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Brando offers wood alarm clock with Qi charging and Bluetooth speaker

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The W2 QI Wireless Charging Wood from Brando is an attractive light wood clock that features a Bluetooth speaker with A2DP and Qi Wireless charging. Just place your Qi-enabled device on top of the clock and it will be charged and ready to go when you wake up in the morning. The wood clock displaysRead More…

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Bolse 5-port USB desktop charger review

By: Greg Carter
on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Perhaps, like me, your bedside table has evolved over time into a charging station. I run down the batteries in my devices during the day, and the nightstand is the most convenient place to both recharge the devices while I sleep and keep them nearby for nighttime reading, email or phone calls. I haven’t adapted gracefullyRead More…

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Swich wireless charger will make you want to switch to Qi charging

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I am definitely a fan of wireless charging and worthy Kickstarter projects. In this case, the folks at Lutman Design have created the Swich, a very unique and innovative Qi charging stand that is currently seeking backing in its Kickstarter campaign that ends later this month. The Swich is constructed of a ceramic base and mount platform withRead More…

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mophie introduces a space pack case for iPhone 5/5s with even more space

on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Earlier this year, we told you about the mophie space pack case for iPhone 5/5s that not only includes a backup battery that doubles the phone’s battery life, but also expanded the phone’s storage.  The original space pack cases added 16 or 32 GB of extra storage.  Using the iOS Space app, you could save extraRead More…

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Kensington’s new KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard can charge your smartphone too

on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

We review a lot of external battery packs here on The Gadgeteer. They come in all manner of shapes, sizes and colors, but they all suffer from one problem – they are just one more thing you have to carry around with you. One solution to this problem is to use gadgets that have aRead More…

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Lumsing Harmonica Style 10400mAh Rechargeable Portable External Battery Pack review

on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

When you have a lot of mobile devices that you use constantly throughout your day, you’re eventually going to find yourself with a drained battery.  If you are at home or in the office, you can plug up your device before it dies, but what if you aren’t near a power source?  There are aRead More…

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Qi wireless charger + Car = I want

on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Last week I posted an article about two of my Cummins Inc. co-workers who had integrated a Nexus 7 tablet into the dash of their vehicles. Since posting that article, I’ve become a little obsessed with figuring out a solution for my MINI Cooper that doesn’t involve replacing the stock radio or any other extreme modsRead More…

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RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme 23000mAh portable external battery charger review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Technology has come a long way in the last two decades but, sadly, battery technology has barely kept pace.  We use the same electrochemical principles that Allesandro Volta used when he invented the voltaic pile in the 1800′s.  We have found better materials and have improved on the design to squeeze every available electron fromRead More…

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Flexible charging cables for your travel kit from Mophie

on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Do your charging cables sometimes look like a nest of snakes in the bottom of your gear bag?  At only 4 inches long, these memory-flex cables from Mophie won’t get tangled in your bag or your desk drawer.  They look like they’ll be stiff and inflexible, but you can see in the image above thatRead More…

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This microUSB charging cable can work as a sync/charge cable or charge-only cable

on Monday, June 9th, 2014

Yesterday, we told you about the Umbrella USB adapter that protected your mobile device from malware and data grabs when charging your device at public charging stations.  The Bench 2X Faster microUSB Charging Data Cable can perform that same function; you just slide a switch on the side of the cable to put the cableRead More…

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Safely charge your mobile device while blocking data syncing and “juice jacking”

on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

You’ve got a full day of travel ahead of you, and your phone is beeping to let you know its battery is nearly dead.  You start looking around the airport terminal for a charging station to give the battery a shot of power while you’re waiting to board the plane.  Have you heard the warningsRead More…

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Losing your phone may make you squawk, so eliminate that fear with the Pluggy Lock

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Always concerned about losing your smart phone? How about not being able to answer it in time because it is buried in your purse or bag?  The folks at Erasnep LLC may have the solution to those problems with their current Kickstarter project, the Pluggy Lock.  The lock is a stud-like device that you plugRead More…

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Kinkoo Infinite One Portable Backup Battery Charger review

By: Greg Carter
on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

External batteries are everywhere, at least for sale. Still I don’t know many people who use them regularly to top off their phones or other devices. Perhaps I’d notice them more if I ventured away from the grid a bit more often, and for longer periods of time. Nevertheless, they do offer peace of mindRead More…

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This stylus is three tools in one

on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Xoopar 3 in 1 Stylus is a multi-function tool, but it doesn’t have a  ballpoint pen inside like most multi-function styluses do.  The Xoopar has a capacitive stylus on one end, and a screen cleaner on the other end.  Pop the barrel apart, and you’ll find a sync and charge microUSB cable which wouldRead More…

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Incase USB Mini Cable Kit

on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I reviewed an Incase USB Mini Cable Kit a couple of years ago, and I still like and use that kit.  (See related posts for the review.)  The problem is that I no longer have an Apple device that uses the 30-pin connector in the kit, and I don’t really need the miniUSB cable, either.Read More…

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This Lightning cable has beauty and brawn

on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The AluCable Flat Lightning Cable from Just Mobile has slim connectors encased in aluminum for extra strength.  The flat cable is four feet long – one more than standard Lightning cables.  It’s Apple-certified, so you know it will work with your iOS devices.  It’s available in three color combinations:  black cable with gray connectors; whiteRead More…

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This emergency flashlight can save your life in more ways than one

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

With this flashlight in your car’s glove compartment or in an emergency preparedness kit, you’ll be ready for most any emergency.  The Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light  looks, at first glance, like many small flashlights on the market today.  It’s much more versatile than other flashlights, though.  Without the lozenge-shaped plastic cover, you canRead More…

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Allocacoc PowerCube review

on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

As a power electronics user, I have lots of gadgets, but never enough power plugs for them. At home I usually have cables that run from my power strip to my desk. But when I’m traveling, I’m always scurrying around to find a spare plug and find that I never have enough outlets.  I recently had the chance toRead More…

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Keep your HTC One M8 warm and juiced with this Power Jacket from Brando

on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

If you find that the battery in your shiny new HTC One M8 Android smartphone won’t get you through a long day of tweeting, texting and selfie snapping and you don’t have a convenient way to charge nearby, consider the Brando Power Jacket. The Power Jacket is a two-piece case that protects the back and sidesRead More…

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Intocircuit Power Bank PCASTLE 10000 review

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The widespread fear of blank screens on the devices we have become so addicted to has led to a sharp surge in external battery products, also known as power banks. These products come to the rescue and resuscitate our beloved smartphones or other gadgets when their internal batteries are tapped out. The primary factors toRead More…

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CableBox by Bluelounge is an simple way to organize your cable mess

on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Who doesn’t have an absolute mess of cables around their entertainment center and desk? But the CableBox from Bluelounge has a “Why didn’t I think of that?” design for organizing (or hiding) your tangled mess of cables. The box and easily removable lid are made of fire retardant plastic and is 15.6″ long x 6″Read More…

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RCE External Battery Carbon Fiber Edition review

on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Portable battery packs are hitting their stride nowadays, with so many great options available to you that it will surely make your head spin.  I have reviewed many of them here on the Gadgeteer, and I still use most of them.  But I am always in search of better batteries… bigger capacity, faster charging, smallerRead More…

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Mobile Fun Samsung Galaxy S3 Qi Wireless Charging Back Cover review

on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

If you are a frequent visitor of The Gadgeteer, you’ll already know that I’m slightly obsessed with Qi wireless charging gadgets. I started using Qi a year ago with my Samsung Galaxy S3. I ended up testing a couple different docks and Qi patches until I ended up buying the Samsung OEM charging cover. SinceRead More…