Backup Battery

batterybox

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. [...]

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PowerAll-1

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, [...]

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coi+-lego-power-brick

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, [...]

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DVSabePowerBank1_640

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 the [...]

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chugplug-macbook-backup-battery

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 or [...]

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Jackery Leaf-1

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 you [...]

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hyperjuice

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 interchangeable [...]

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brookstone-portable-power

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 and [...]

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darth-batt

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 LEDs [...]

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ZEROHOUR

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 the [...]

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aviiq-usb-charging-station-with-battery

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 an [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Travel Gear
bracketron-smartlantern

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 mobile [...]

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anker-astro2-1

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 with [...]

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justmobile-gumplus-1

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 my [...]

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lenmar-helix-powerpack-1

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 buy [...]

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Mugen-Battery-01

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.  The [...]

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newtrent-powerpak-xtreme

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, [...]

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mophie-juicepack-1

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 to [...]

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craftsman-breathe-1

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 admit [...]

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iwalk-iphone-5-batteries

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 a [...]

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