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Justin 2,200mAh Power Travel Pack review

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, September 20th, 2014

For those of us old enough to have noticed, it’s amazing how quickly phones have transitioned from stationary devices to portable toys for the rich-and-famous to in-case-of-emergency gear to essential, inseparable extensions of ourselves. Along with that dependency, we’ve developed a primal fear of, running down our life-giving phone batteries. One of the many companies providingRead More…

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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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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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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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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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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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Nomad is selling what they call a “battery upgrade for your Apple charger”

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

When you get an iPhone, you get a little cube-shaped wall charger.  Wouldn’t it be nice if that wall charger also served as a backup battery for your phone?  Well, the NomadPlus doesn’t exactly make the iPhone’s charger into a backup battery, but it adds one to the charger.  The NomadPlus fits around Apple chargerRead 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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Charge your tablet with your lap desk

on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Hammacher Schlemmer proports to have the only lap desk that can charge your iPad and iPhone simultaneously.  The desk has an easel to support your tablet and phone; it’s adjustable to nine different angles, so you can find the perfect viewing angle.  The legs are also adjustable to three positions, so you’ll find the perfectRead 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 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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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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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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These gadgets will make your Spidey senses tingle

on Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Tell the world that your favorite superhero is Spiderman with these useful USB / smartphone gadgets from Brando. There’s a 6000mAh power bank, a tiny OTG (On the Go) micro USB adapter for Android smartphones, a dual card reader for Android or Macs and PCs, and a USB flash drive with light up Spiderman eyesRead More…

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uNu Aero wireless charging battery case and mat for iPhone 5/5S review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

I admit, when I read Gadgeteer reviews for the wireless charging pads, I am jealous. While I love my iPhone, I wish I could easily charge it up like the Android phones do. For an iPhone to have the same capabilities, we have to have a case, like the uNu Aero wireless charging battery case and mat.Read More…

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EC Technology 22400mAh Battery Pack review

on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Have you ever traveled somewhere with your mobile phone, tablet or other gadget and you simple didn’t have a place to plug them in when the power ran out?  I recently had the chance to review a massive 22400mAh battery pack from EC Technology.  I was super excited to try it out on my nextRead More…

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Travel light with this speaker / backup battery combo

on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Like to travel light, but don’t want to deprive yourself of needed gadgets?  With the Pebble Aria, you’ll have a 3500mAh backup battery and a portable speaker in one small package.  The reserve power is enough to charge a phone up to two times, or it’s enough to power the speaker for up to seventyRead More…

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ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 wireless storage reader and power bank review

on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Over the years we’ve reviewed quite a few backup batteries for smartphones and other devices. These accessories come in very handy for frequent travelers who never know when they will have access to a power outlet to recharge their devices. But for the most part, backup batteries have just one purpose and that is to rechargeRead More…