Cables, Batteries and Chargers

One can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many USB charging options. I think that's a real saying. If not, it should be. Choetech thinks it is and has created the Q3-5U multiport USB charger to address the glaring need for more ports. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a larger image. [...]

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Here's something I've not seen before. It's one USB cable that works with iOS devices that have a Lightning connector and devices that have a micro USB connector. It's the Gadjet Magic Data Cable. But is it really all that magical? Let's find out. The Gadjet Magic Data Cable is a USB cable that can be used [...]

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Some newer laptops like Apple's latest MacBook Pro use a USB-C port for both charging and connecting to accessories. But without USB TYPE-A connectors (which I guess is what we're supposed to call the "old" style USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectors), how do you charge your iPhone, Nexus 6P or other USB-A devices? SCOSCHE comes [...]

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Satechi's new USB-C Power Meter is a USB thumb drive sized device with a built-in LCD display that shows voltage, amps, and mAh output from accessories plugged into the USB-C port on their laptops, tablets, or smartphones. The Power Meter has a pass through design that allows you to charge your Type-C device while monitoring [...]

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I've been seeing more of these supersized USB portable batteries that include AC outlets.  I was recently given the chance to test the Suaoki Powerhouse portable "generator".  I had never heard of Suaoki, so I was naturally curious.  What was this thing that looked like a silver and black lunchbox? Battery: Lithium-Ion, 20,000 mAh, 11.1V [...]

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One of the most used review items I have is an iHome alarm clock. Not only do I use it for waking up and checking the time, but I also use it to charge my phone overnight. Just a few months ago, I picked up an Apple Watch and had been looking at charging stations [...]

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Using my Mac Mini as my main computer, I sometimes wish I had extra USB ports and an easily accessible SD card slot since it's tucked away behind the many other things I have on my desk. Luckily I had the chance to review the Satechi aluminum USB 3.0 hub and card reader, which adds [...]

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to review the FINsix DART laptop charger which is a much smaller replacement for typical laptop "brick" chargers. I really liked the FINsix except for one thing... It wasn't compatible with Type-C laptops like Apple's newer MacBooks. FINsix heard my and other people's complaints and will be [...]

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I previously reviewed a portable battery charger that sports 20,400mAh of power, which will charge my iPhone about 4-5 times before running out of juice. Not bad, but what if you need something much bigger yet (sorta) portable? Anker has answered with the PowerHouse—a monstrous power supply that packs a whopping 434Wh (appx.120,000mAh!) of power [...]

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With so many power-hungry gadgets out there, small, portable power supply devices are all the rage. Sometimes I wish I had something that I could just strap on and have at the ready to power my GoPro or top off my iPhone or my DSLR. The GO PUCK folks must have been inside my head because their [...]

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If you're like me, you probably have a drawer full of USB cables and USB adapters. Do you ever pull out a USB cable and a charger and wonder why it takes so much longer for your device to charge compared with another USB cable and charger? The reasons why have to do with the [...]

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The new Satechi Smart Charging Stand for wearables & smartphones puts all your charging needs into a neat cube that will look great on your desk or night stand. The Smart Charging Stand features three USB ports on the front and an internal USB port that provide 5V/2.4A max per port for fast reliable charging [...]

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After a long day at work - and after putting our kids to bed - my wife and I tend to "veg out" in our bed. Generally, we'll watch some TV, discuss our day, or plan out our week. During this time, I often find myself in need of my phone, but find the battery [...]

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I really like my Nexus 6P, but I sure do wish it had wireless charging capability. USB Type-C charging is fast, but I miss the convenience of dropping my phone on a wireless charging pad like Belkin's new Boost Up wireless charging pad. The Boost Up's 15W transmitter coil can charge smartphones up to 3 [...]

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The Scosche MagicMount Wall Charger is designed as a neater way to charge your mobile device in the kitchen where wall outlets are normally much higher on the wall above countertops. Instead of setting your phone on the counter where it and the attached cable can get in the way of cooking, the Scosche 12W [...]

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