Backup Battery


Like many other charging stands created for the Apple Watch, the BLOC is a sleek, elegant charging station for your Apple Watch.  It will look and work perfectly on your bedside table for those nightly charging sessions.  Unlike most other charging stands, the BLOC is also a portable power bank for your Watch, just in [...]

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Mophie Spacestation

Being an iPhone and iPad user over the past 4 years, the one thing that I have found is that I tend to run up against the file storage limitations of those devices. I especially find it an issue when trying to edit movies or music on the road. Mophie, a company we know at The [...]

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Early last year, we told you about the new space pack case for iPhone 5/5s from mophie that added up to 100% extra battery life with its built-in battery and added 16-32GB extra storage to the iPhone, too.  This year, mophie is introducing space pack cases for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and even [...]

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Technology has come a long, long way in the last 10 years but battery technology has lagged behind.  There are limitations to electrochemistry that nanoscale carbon substrates can help boost but until that day we have become accustomed to carrying around spare battery packs for our devices.  With more and more devices sealing their batteries [...]

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The Barebones Canyon Lantern has a retro style, but it's loaded with modern features.  The lantern has two 8W rechargeable lithium-ion batteries inside that are more resistant to cold weather than alkaline batteries.  It has a stainless steel, plastic, and rubber body and a handle that can be used to carry, to stand it on a [...]

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These new juice pack cases from mophie will both protect and recharge your new Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.  Both cases have "carefully-designed internal bumpers [to] add extra cushion to the edges and corners of the protective case for unrivaled support."  Both also have 3300mAh batteries inside to provide more than 100% extra power to [...]

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There’s a certain balancing act we Gadgeteers play with our cables. You know you do it - you have a short one for when you're using a laptop or a battery charger on a table or desk, a longer one for when you’re in a “normal” room where you can sit near the outlet, and, [...]

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One of the gadgets that I use almost on a daily basis is the 20,000 mAh Roving Power power pack.  I use it to charge basically everything that I have to charge... my cellphone, my Bluetooth headset, my tablets, and my laptop.  It is one of the few portable power packs out there that can actually [...]

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Nomad says their Pod is the first portable battery for the Apple Watch.  You plug the Watch's charger into the Pod, then wind the excess cable around the Pod's spindle.  Snap on the Pod's stamped military-grade aluminum lid, and you'll have a hockey puck-sized charging stand with the Watch's magnetic charger exposed.  Inside is a high-density 1800mAh [...]

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Not too long ago I was caught in a situation where I had to wait somewhere for several hours without access to a charger.  As I watched my iPhone drain down to nearly empty, I vowed to keep my eye open for one of those battery packs.  Today, I've got one to try out:  The EasyAcc [...]

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When I was a kid, I played Dungeons and Dragons.  My favorite character was a cleric named Becket.  Original, I know.  One of the spells I found most useful was Continual Light.  This created a very strong light source wherever the spell was cast.  I figured out a way to overcome the inherent limitations of [...]

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I had a mophie juice pack air (I hate when products and companies use lower-case names, but that's how they spell it) for my iPhone 5.  I loved having it on my phone, because I didn't have to worry about running out of power unexpectedly.  My daughter and husband had cases for their iPhones, too. [...]

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You carry a tablet, phone, cables, chargers, backup battery, and EDC things like a wallet and keys.  You don't want to use a huge gear bag to carry your things, and you want a stylish handbag instead of something more utilitarian.  If these things describe you, The Elektronista Digital Clutch Bag might be what you're [...]

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There are some days during the week that I am constantly on the go and nowhere near an outlet to charge up my devices which makes portable external batteries invaluable. I am excited to see that backup batteries are starting to include built-in micro USB and Lightning cables thus no longer requiring you to bring [...]

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A couple of years ago, we told you about a Stelle Bluetooth speaker that looked like lady's clutch purse.  Stelle is back again with another clutch purse Bluetooth speaker, but this one has room inside so you can actually carry your things inside.  The Stelle Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker has the speaker hidden in one side [...]

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If you have one of those camera bags with the Velcroed-in dividers, you can replace one of the dividers with the Super Charged Bag Divider with the backup battery inside it.  You'll add power to your bag without needing to give up some storage space in your camera bag to hold the extra item.  The [...]

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If you want an external battery with a little more flair, look no further than the MimoPowerTube- Star Wars Series batteries.  These little tubes have a 2600mAh Li-ion battery, and they can charge any 5V phone or small mobile device.  They're 0.8" in diameter and 3.5" tall, and they feature C-3PO, Darth Vader, and stormtrooper [...]

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ZeroHour XR charging ip6plus

Several months ago I reviewed the ZeroHour XD Tactical flashlight thinking I would never need another, but the folks at ZeroHour have me rethinking that.  They are running a Kickstarter campaign to develop a smaller and more feature laden flashlight and battery backup. The ZeroHour Relic XR is their latest flashlight which is currently seeking funding through [...]

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We lug our smartphones and other personal devices everywhere. But one of the drawbacks of the device features arms race---with larger display sizes, faster processors and connectivity speeds and other new features---is an ever-increasing need for power. My iPhone 4S's battery life had been steadily decreasing over time, so I found myself needing a boost throughout the [...]

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Picture this: You’re cruising down the street plugged into your smartphone but the power is beginning to run low. You want to keep listening, but you’re afraid of draining the battery completely if you do. Now, picture this: You just keep listening anyway because the headphone is charging your smartphone. You read that right. In [...]

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