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AC charger and backup battery – two great tastes that taste great together

on Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Bolt Battery Charger combines the “world’s smallest portable iPhone USB wall charger” with a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable battery, so you’ll be able to charge your phone whether you’re near a power outlet or not.  You won’t have to keep up with a special cable to recharge your backup battery, because the Bolt has prongs thatRead More…


Bypass your MacBook Air’s battery with the BatteryBox – and charge your tablet and phone, too

on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Most external batteries can charge up your phone or your tablet, but you’re out of luck with your laptop.  The BatteryBox is only 0.98″ x 2.63″ x 3.55″ and just under 9 ounces, but it packs 50Wh of energy – enough juice to power your MacBook with enough left over to charge your mobile device, too.Read More…


PowerAll: recharges your devices and jump starts your car – the panacea for our modern day lives

on Friday, March 21st, 2014

The PowerAll is a handy 12,000 mAh portable lithium ion battery charger used to charge your portable devices AND jump start your car. It has two 5V / 2.1A USB ports and is capable of charging two devices at the same time, after which it will go into sleep mode to preserve power. In addition,Read More…


A backup battery to build on

on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The COI+ LEGO Power Brick has a 4200mAh lithium-polymer battery inside with plenty of reserve power to get your devices through the day.  It has patented PCB and smart IC, so it charges your device at “a speed that best protects your electronic device”, up to 2.0A.  It’s small enough to fit in your gear bag,Read More…


Brando STAR WARS Darth Vader Lightsaber Portable Battery Charger review

on Thursday, February 20th, 2014

As huge Sci-Fi geeks and Star Wars fans, the Gadgeteer Kid and I have literally dozens of lightsabers kicking around our house. So, when Brando recently introduced a novelty smartphone accessory in the shape of Darth Vader’s lightsaber, I offered to take a look to see if the PowerBank was worthy enough to represent theRead More…


Prevent your MacBook from becoming one of the walking dead

on Monday, February 17th, 2014

With the CHUGPLUG external battery, you won’t have to worry about running out of power while you’re traveling.  The CHUGPLUG is designed to work with 45W or 60W newer MacBooks.  You can expect up to 4 extra hours of power for an 11″ MacBook Air or 3 extra hours for the 13″ MacBook Air orRead More…

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Jackery Leaf iPhone 5 & 5S backup battery review

on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The world of backup batteries for smart devices is a fiercely competitive one! There are generic, external charge-anything battery packs to device-specific cases. So how do you decide which one to get?  Jackery has designed the Leaf, a hybrid type charging system that allows you to attach the battery pack to your iPhone 5/5S when youRead More…


HyperJuice Expand is a backup battery with interchangeable cells

on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Backup batteries are not very exciting, but the HyperJuice Expand battery has a unique design that will make you take a second look. First of all, it can charge up to three devices at once. That includes two tablets and one phone. The devices are plugged into a USB head that magnetically connects to interchangeableRead More…


A portable power supply that can even power a computer

on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Unlike many backup batteries on the market today, the Portable Power Supply with Hand Crank won’t fit in your pocket.  Also unlike many backup batteries, this one can power a lamp or even your computer as well as recharge your tablet or phone.  This device provides “AC power for lights, TVs, stereos, small appliances andRead More…


Use the dark side to charge your gadgets

on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

This replica of Darth Vader’s lightsaber doubles as an external battery pack that can charge all your USB devices. It is an officially licensed Star Wars Series power charger featuring an rechargeable 2800mAh battery with 5V@1.2A output through its full sized USB connector. It’s controlled with an On/Off switch that also toggles four red LEDsRead More…


ZEROHOUR Tactical USB battery backup flashlight

on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

There are a lot of multi-purpose flashlights on the market today with a lot of different options and sizes. So how do you make your multi-purpose flashlight stand out? The ZEROHOUR modular tactical USB battery backup flashlight, a Kickstarter project from Amy Truong and Aaron Son, does it by being versatile and modular. As theRead More…


This portable USB charging hub includes a battery

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A couple of years ago, I reviewed the Aviiq Portable Charging Station (see related posts).  This was an $80 gadget that kept your charging cables organized in the same pouch that carried a powered USB hub that let you charge multiple devices simultaneously from a single wall outlet.  This was nice, but it lacked anRead More…


The SmartLantern is more than just a light source

on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Bracketron is debuting their new SmartLantern at booth 11630 at the SEMA Show 2013, November 5-8, in Las Vegas, but you don’t have to wait to buy one now.  The SmartLantern is an ideal accessory for travel or for emergency preparedness.  It contains a 7800mAh battery and a 2.1A USB port that can recharge some mobileRead More…


Anker Astro2 9000mAh portable external battery review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

It seems like we have had a lot of different external batteries to review here on the Gadgeteer lately. They have become such an everyday factor in our gadget-filled life that the market is flooded with different sizes, shapes, and colors of batteries. Anker is one of the many companies producing external batteries, but withRead More…


Just Mobile Gum++ backup battery review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I use my phone frequently to play games, take photos and keep in touch with my friends. This causes my battery to drain quickly, and it can be annoying to have to place my phone on the charger every night. On my last trip, I was on the edge of a 3G/LTE zone, and myRead More…


Lenmar Helix Power Pack review

on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The portable battery market is heating up.  You can find these portable batteries in all shapes and sizes, in varying capacities, and in just about every store you come across.  I even saw some for sale in a gas station. And the prices of these portable backup batteries keeps surprising me, because you can buyRead More…


Mugen Power 6400mAh Extended Battery for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with Battery Door review

on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

There are often times when I need just a little bit more battery life on my mobile phone, especially when I go to an event where no outlets are available.  I recently had the chance to review the Mugen Power 6400mAh Extended Battery with Battery Door for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from Mugen Power.  TheRead More…


A backup battery that stands up to the elements

on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The PowerPak Xtreme NT120R from NewTrent has a 12000mAh lithium-ion battery, so it has plenty of reserve power to keep your portable charged.  (It can recharge phones up to six times.)  It has two USB ports, one 5V/1A and one 5V/2A, so you charge phones, most tablets, and most other USB-chargeable devices, like GPS units,Read More…


Mophie Juice Pack Universal Powerstation Pro review

on Monday, September 16th, 2013

If a superhero needed a portable charger to make sure that he (or she) always had backup power for his (or her) smartphone and gadgets, I imagine the Mophie Juice Pack Universal Powerstation Pro would be their go-to charger of choice.  With rugged looks and a rock-solid feel the Powerstation Pro is intimidating just toRead More…


M.Craftsman Breathe – Luxury Portable Charger review

on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I have a confession to make. When I am on the go, I live in constant fear of running out of juice, and I love being able to charge my multiple gadgets almost as much as owning my multiple gadgets.  I get a slight thrill by seeing that ’100%’ in the status bar.  I admitRead More…


Keeping your iPhone 5 charged is an iWALK in the park

on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

I’ve found my iPhone 5 battery typically lasts at least 2-3 days between charges on my slow days, but when I’m traveling or using my phone a lot, the battery can drain pretty quickly.  The last thing you need is to find yourself with a dead phone while traveling, so a backup battery is aRead More…


Eagle Tech Neptor 5600mAh portable battery pack review

By: Leah Hallett
on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Several times over the last couple of years, I’ve been left high and dry because my smartphone battery was so drained I wanted to “save” it in case of an emergency. There were still calls/texts/photos/global positioning I needed to do, but with no convenient place to recharge my phone, I was out of luck. ThatRead More…


Super Slim Portable Battery with Flash Memory review

on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Technology is awesome and convenient, especially smartphones and tablets.  They are getting smaller, faster, and can have pretty good battery life built in.  Sometimes you go to an event where your mobile phone is searching for signal constantly, in which you find yourself in the predicament of losing battery charge quickly.  It’s always a good ideaRead More…


ECBC luggage charges your tech gear as you travel

on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Luggage is a necessary part of travel, but you might as well have it doing something beneficial for you while you lug it around.  These new bags in EBCB‘s  High Tech Rolling Luggage Collection all feature ECBC’s “FastPass system, a ‘TSA compliant’ front zippered flap that keeps all your electronic gear secured in a high-densityRead More…


Charge your device with a flashlight, or is it use your charger as a flashlight?

on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

No matter how you phrase it, the ChargeLight is a backup battery and an LED flashlight in one compact package.  (Click the image for a larger view.)   Charge the ChargeLight on its little dock, and you can use the dock’s USB port to charge up another device at the same time. didn’t includeRead More…