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This surge protector has a built-in portable backup battery

on Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The Pickup Power from Quirky does the job done by most other power strips – it protects your attached devices from power surges.  It has three AC outlets and 1080 joules of surge protection.  The protection sounds good, but three outlets seem a little lacking – until you realize that the extra room that would haveRead More…

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Aukey Luna wireless charging dock review

on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Ever since I bought a Qi wireless charger for my Samsung Galaxy S3, I’ve become a Qi snob. I even hacked my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to add that capability to it. Now if a smartphone doesn’t have the ability to charge wirelessly, I’m not interested in using it as my primary device. Qi charging is soRead More…

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Let Iron Man power your gadgets

on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

If you have a thing for Tony Stark aka Iron Man and also have a thing for gadgets, I have the perfect accessory to cover both. It’s the MARVEL Iron Man 3 Mark XLII (42) Armor Power Bank 5000mAh (Limited Edition) from Brando. Brando sent us an Iron Man inspired power bank that we reviewedRead More…

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Gear bags and accessories for the college student

on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This post is brought to you by eBay. All opinions are 100% mine. My daughter started college this year, and we’ve discovered the type of backpack she used in high school isn’t working for her new environment.  In high school, she needed a giant bag to carry a ton of books.  She also had aRead More…

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TYLT ENERGI 5K+ 5200 mAh Battery Pack review

on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Backup batteries are a necessity for me and my husband. There have been times when both of our phones were on their last leg while sight seeing on vacation and we only had one portable battery. It would charge one device at a time and would do so very, VERY slowly. Nothing screams “Get aRead More…

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The iPhone 6 was just released, and Brando already has a battery case for it!

on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Brando is already offering an iPhone 6 case with a built-in backup battery.  If you order now, you can have it ready to go on your new iPhone 6 the second you take it out of the box.  The 3000mAh Power Jacket for iPhone 6 is for the new 4.7″ version.  The protective case snaps onRead More…

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Phorce Pro is a 3 way convertible bag that holds and charges your gear

on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The Phorce Pro is a briefcase that converts into a backpack or messenger bag. That in itself is not unique; we’ve seen numerous bags that have this ability to convert from one form to another. What sets the Phorce Pro apart from those bags is that it has a built in rechargeable 26,000 mAH lithium-ionRead More…

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This iPhone charger is so clever, MacGyver would be impressed!

on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

There is a world full of backup batteries and charging accessories for your smartphone, especially for iPhones.  There are cases with built-in backup batteries – but they add a lot of bulk to the iPhone.  There are backup batteries – but they are big, and you’ll need a cable, too.  And if your backup batteryRead More…

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SunJack Phone portable solar charger review

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

These days, it is impossible to conceive of life without our phones, tablets gaming and other mobile devices. And I would guess for most of us having a backup power source is a must. But what happens when you decide to go off the grid to go camping or worse yet, you end up in an areaRead More…

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Sanrao SiPolar 10-port USB charger review

on Friday, August 29th, 2014

I’ve reviewed many portable power options, as well as a dock or two, but this is a first, and something that we may see more of: it’s a USB charger for up to ten devices! Talk about Nerd Nirvana! It’s from a company called Sanrao, who makes industrial-grade USB chargine stations for testing labs andRead More…

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Bench Soft 2X USB Charging Cable for Android review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Charging devices is one of the unpleasant and time-consuming tasks that we gadget addicts must endure, thanks to the primitive state of electrochemical energy storage.  While ultracapacitors have not yet set us free from the torturous charging wait time, there are products that purport to make that wait time shorter.  Bench Soft sent us thisRead More…

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Pyramid Distribution is now offering a Lightning cable that works as a sync/charge or charge-only cable

on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A couple of months ago, we told you about a microUSB cable for Android devices that could act as a normal sync/charge cable, or it could protect your device from unwanted data exchange while you are charging at a public charging station and charge your device faster, as well.  Now Pyramid Distribution has a LightningRead More…

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The QiStone+ backup battery wirelessly charges any Qi-chargeable device

on Monday, August 25th, 2014

The QiStone+ charger is described as the only truly wireless power bank.  The charger has a 4000mAh battery that can keep your phone or other Qi-chargeable device powered up during your day.  You can even charge two devices simultaneously with the QiStone+ charger – one wirelessly on the Qi transmitter on the top of the powerRead More…

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Keep your unplugged power cords within easy reach with the Plug Out organizers

on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

If you have more things to plug in than you have outlets or if you just keep things unplugged to prevent power draw when appliances aren’t in use, you’d probably like a way to keep those unplugged cables in clear view and within easy reach.  These Plug Out plug organizers are silicone strips that adhereRead More…

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The new mophie juice pack is just for the Galaxy S5

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Cases with backup batteries are usually designed for the iPhone, but mophie’s newest case is for the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone.  This case covers the back and sides to protect your phone, and it wraps slightly around to the screen to keep it lifted off the tabletop should you lay the phone facedown.  Inside, there’sRead More…

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Dog & Bone Backbone wireless charging case, pad and Backbone battery review

on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

We have posted news articles here on The Gadgeteer about multitasking phone cases before. To be honest I have been enamored by a few, but in the end I have to ask myself “would I really use this in the real world”? In most cases I would have to say no, the gadgets or gimmicksRead More…

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This Belkin Powerhouse XL dock is designed for Android tablets and eReaders

on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

This PowerHouse Micro-USB Dock XL is designed for Android tablets and phones, eReaders, and similar devices charged by microUSB.  It has a dock to adjust the microUSB plug so you can dock many of your devices while they are still in a case.  You can rapidly charge your device while photos, music, apps, and other data transfers.Read More…

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Two new 3-in-1 cables from Bloobury lighten your daily carry kit

on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Last year, we told you about a 2.5′ retractable 3-in-1 cable from Bloobury that combined an Apple 30-pin connector, an Apple Lightning connector, and a microUSB connector in one cable.  That cable could easily replace three cables in your gear bag, but what if you’re not a fan of the retractable cable format?  This yearRead More…

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The Solar Strap lets you wear your solar charger

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

There are a lot of solar chargers on the market, and most of them seem to require you to set them up and leave them in direct sunlight.  Those types are more useful if you have set up camp and will stay around the same place for a long while, but they aren’t so usefulRead More…

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LG G3 Quick Circle Qi Wireless Charging Cover review

on Sunday, August 17th, 2014

I recently upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to a LG G3 smartphone. Having reviewing the LG G2 last year, I was expecting the G3 to have Qi charging capability right out of the box. I was really disappointed when I found out that this would not be the case with the US versionsRead More…

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Bolse 4-port USB desktop charger review

on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

In my never-ending quest for power, with thirst-hungry gadgets all over my house, my car, and my office, one of the biggest problems I have is being able to charge multiple devices at once.  For example, when you travel and stay in hotel rooms, if you are lucky you have one of those lamps besideRead More…

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IDAPT i4+ universal charger review

on Friday, August 15th, 2014

Chances are pretty good that you have at least one universal charger already.  One was probably even given to you as a gift over the holidays from a relative who thought it sounded “techie.” I may be just a little bitter because I find one in my stocking every year from my mother, and theyRead More…

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Arctic Home Charger 4500 Four Port 4500mA Fast Charger review

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Owners of multiple mobile devices realize that their gear bag or their power strip at home can quickly become a jumble of power adapters.  Sometimes you can share a single charger between multiple devices, but then you’re limited to charging only one of your devices at a time.  With the ARCTIC Home Charger 4500 FourRead More…

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The Loop earbud anti-tangling device review

on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Stop me if you have heard this one before. You reach into your pocket, bag, or purse to pull out your earbuds and you come out with a wad of tangled and knotted up cable. Sound familiar? That’s how the idea for The Loop (earbud anti-tangling device) came about.

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No more crawling under the desk to plug things in with the Wall Mounted Outlet Extender

on Friday, August 8th, 2014

I just put an Elfa shelving unit in my tiny kitchen with no counter space.  I now have a place to work while preparing food, but plugging in my little KitchenAid chopper requires me to crawl under the unit and reach behind the water cooler to plug it in.  I was thinking about getting aRead More…