Cables, Batteries and Chargers

finsix-dart-charger-7

Why does it seem like the lightest and thinnest laptops always have the bulkiest chargers? Laptops are fantastic until you have to travel with them and carry all the necessary accessories that go along with them. If your laptop only weighs 2 lbs, but the charger and cable weigh 1-2 lbs, where's the advantage to [...]

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nomadpod-1

About a year ago, Nomad, those folks who understand wandering Gadgeteers and their need for on-the-go charging, released a product called the Pod for Apple Watch. It's basically a battery that has an internal spool to hold a charging puck (not provided) in a compact, hockey-puck sized case. I was working at Apple at the [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
photofast-4kdrone-1

Back in April 2016, I reviewed the PhotoFast CR-8800 MicroSD card reader for the Apple Lightning connector. The software was a little buggy at the time but they have made a couple of revisions and now it is a very useful tool. Gigastone, the distributor of PhotoFast in the US and Canada, has recently announced the [...]

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lampchamp

Picture this scenario... You're all cozy on the couch or your La-Z-Boy recliner reading an eBook or surfing on your tablet when you get the dreaded low battery warning. At this point, you can get up and go find a USB charger or backup battery, or you can just plug it into your lamp and [...]

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darkenergy-poseidonchargersurvivalcable_2

Do you ever find yourself out in the bush, operating in raw nature many miles from the nearest outlet, but you still need juice for a device or two? Check out the Poseidon Charger and Paracord Charging Cable from Dark Energy. The Poseidon is a 10,000 mAh portable charger that is IP68 rated, which means [...]

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nomad-wallet

What do you get when you pair old world craftsmanship with modern day techno gadgetry? The Nomad Horween Leather Charging Wallet, that's what. Nomad's leather wallets feature a built-in 2400mAh battery and a Lightning cable. These wallets can hold your cards and cash, but remain thin enough to fit in your pocket so you'll always [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News, Wallets
satechi-qi

I've talked about my love of Qi wireless charging many times over the years and I have been worried that the technology is being phased out before it ever really got started. Smartphone makers like Motorola who were among the first to add this feature to their flagship phones a few years ago are no longer [...]

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xtorm-power-bank-free-15000-1

It is getting harder and harder for product manufacturers to make their power bank products stand out from the crowd.  You find these things everywhere, even hanging up in gas station convenience stores.  So Xtorm has come out with some power banks that seek to combine some of the best features of many of the [...]

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ravpower-22000-7

If you are someone who uses your phone often, you may find yourself at the end of the day diving for the charging cable. With the onset of Pokemon Go on top of daily use, we've had a struggle in this household with keeping our phones charged up. Thankfully, RAVPower saved the day by offering [...]

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EliveBuyPlus - 2

In the world of portable USB chargers, there has been one constant: every one that I've seen uses a microUSB port for charging. Doesn't matter if it's a device dedicated to an Apple product that uses a Lightning connector, or even the older 30-pin connector. Charging them meant you had to have a USB to [...]

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weego-44

At least once or twice a year the battery on Jeanne's Kia or the battery on our lawn tractor dies. Using jumper cables with another vehicle like my MINI Cooper to jump start the dead battery always makes me nervous. First I have to Google the cable connection sequence and then actually do it. The [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
coteetci-2

Since switching to the Nexus 6P last fall, I've gone from charging with the included Type-C cable, to charging wirelessly using a Qi wireless patch from Astore. The wireless patch worked fine and allowed me to use my existing Qi chargers, but left the Type-C port on the phone unusable and a little plastic bump [...]

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jabees-chargingstation

If you have a family of Gadgeteers, you most likely have a variety of USB cables and charging docks positioned all over your house. The Jabees Q7 6 Port Desktop USB Charging Station will help you clean up that mess and get organized. It features an intelligent USB charger with auto-detect technology that adjusts the [...]

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twist-world-adapter-2

The TWIST World Adapter DUO from OneAdaptr is the only power adapter that you will need to take with you when you travel internationally (okay, so maybe it doesn't work everywhere, but it works in 150 countries!); it has all that you need in one piece. This unique adapter allows you to twist the base [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Travel Gear
owc_thunderbolt2dock-1

Those of you with laptops know the hassle of plugging and unplugging peripherals when you need to expand the capabilities of your computer. More specifically those of you with Macintosh laptops have never had the option of an Apple made docking station. Well the engineers at OWC have designed a single cable solution to connect [...]

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