Batteries and Chargers

We all love our gadgets, but until the day comes when the can all recharge wirelessly, we need charging adapters and charging cables. Keeping the adapters and cables together and neatly organized isn't an easy task unless you have help like the Cord Commander. Let's check it out. The Cord Commander is a simple product… Read More

If you own an iPhone and an Apple Watch, you may find this beautiful aluminum dock station to be something you're not sure how you've lived without.  I used to charge my phone by my bed, then charge my Apple Watch near my computer and I didn't really have a system as to when I'd… Read More

So, external batteries are something that everyone who uses a smartphone is aware of needing. Ventev has released a new take on the battery pack, the ChargeStand. What makes it different? Take a look. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a larger image. The ChargeStand comes with a flat USB to microUSB cable… Read More

You can never have too many portable chargers in my opinion.  I have them everywhere, at my house, my office, and my car.  I also give them as gifts to my friends and family, and I have reviewed many of them here at the Gadgeteer.  So I am always on the lookout for new features… Read More

I'm a big fan of wireless charging (otherwise known as Qi charging) and have been using it on and off since I began using it with a Samsung Galaxy S3 over 4 years ago. I love having a wireless charging dock on my desk at my day job and another one at home next to… Read More

You have them. I have them. What do we all have? Personal portable devices of course.  Millions of them are out there, and the more feature-rich they become, the more power they require. But because these devices are intended to be portable, we can't always use them near a power outlet. Hence the boom in portable batteries… Read More

“Dad! Do we have another USB charger??!! The batteries in my calculator are dead and I need it for homework!”  Sound familiar to you? I think I hear phrases similar to this once or twice a week in my house. There never seems to be enough power sockets. Just prior to wiring this review, I… Read More

Carrying around enough potential energy to fuel our increasing appetite for connectivity is a never ending balancing act. Hardware engineers make energy-efficient phones and tablets, and Developers respond with ever-increasingly sticky apps and websites. Engineers make better, lighter, more efficient batteries, and we leave them on longer and whine that the device is larger. Into… Read More

What's the worst tech catastrophe that is only a few minutes or hours away from occurring to you every single day? A dead smartphone battery! If you're not near an outlet, the threat of no juice is a real nightmare. Am I being melodramatic? Only barely. We count on our phones for so many reasons… Read More

Charging your devices while traveling is a pain - a small one, granted.  Remembering to bring the right "wall wart" for each device is something you generally think about when you check into the hotel.  The problem only gets worse at home - with every device having its own power adapter, you quickly develop dangerous… Read More

Who doesn't need an extra power supply?  The devices we use every day suck down energy almost as fast as we can replenish it.  I've been testing these QQC Corp Q-Swap mobile power supplies for over a month, and really put them through their paces.  How did they fare?  Check this out. This mobile power supply comes with… Read More

In a world where mobile devices are proliferating, the need to keep them topped off and rapidly charged is a constant struggle. While battery life is slowly improving, so is the demand on our phone and tablet processors, making them easier to drain than ever. Fortunately, there's also a huge market for external battery packs… Read More

The Nomad Advanced Powerpack is a well-built, powerful, ruggedized external battery pack that is unique in that it has built-in Tile integration. Not only will it quickly charge your various devices, if it's ever misplaced you'll be able to find it easily using Bluetooth and the Tile app. The added features will cost you though. The… Read More

I really love products that help me to organize my house and thus when the Gadgeteer was offered the Alxum 10-Port USB Smart Charging Station & Organizer, I jumped at the chance to review it. I have a side table in the living room that has been functioning as my kids' gadget depository (four iPad… Read More

If you happened to catch my gadget diary post from yesterday where I was talking about buying a laptop dedicated to travel, you may have also seen where I said it will probably be a 12" MacBook. If this happens, I'll want a new travel charger to go along with my travel computer and the new… Read More