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Bolse 4-port USB desktop charger review

on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

In my never-ending quest for power, with thirst-hungry gadgets all over my house, my car, and my office, one of the biggest problems I have is being able to charge multiple devices at once.  For example, when you travel and stay in hotel rooms, if you are lucky you have one of those lamps besideRead More…


Arctic Home Charger 4500 Four Port 4500mA Fast Charger review

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Owners of multiple mobile devices realize that their gear bag or their power strip at home can quickly become a jumble of power adapters.  Sometimes you can share a single charger between multiple devices, but then you’re limited to charging only one of your devices at a time.  With the ARCTIC Home Charger 4500 FourRead More…


No more crawling under the desk to plug things in with the Wall Mounted Outlet Extender

on Friday, August 8th, 2014

I just put an Elfa shelving unit in my tiny kitchen with no counter space.  I now have a place to work while preparing food, but plugging in my little KitchenAid chopper requires me to crawl under the unit and reach behind the water cooler to plug it in.  I was thinking about getting aRead More…


Four port USB charging hub for your car

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

USB charging hubs are everywhere, but this is the first one I’ve seen that’s designed for use in the car.  The Quad USB Power Charger from RichardSolo supplies 2.4A per port, so you can charge four power-hungry tablets simultaneously from your car’s DC outlet.  RichardSolo says charge times are the same using this hub asRead More…


Charge up to four devices simultaneously with this USB wall charger

on Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Sabrent 4-Port Compact USB Wall Charger can charge smart phones, tablets, and other USB-chargeable devices.  One port is rated for up to 2.4A to charge tablets quickly.  When you have multiple devices plugged in, the charger will balance power output at each port to keep the total load to 12.5 watts.  Has built-in over-current protection andRead More…


Now you can use your device as it charges without having to lay in the floor by the outlet

on Friday, February 28th, 2014

My bedroom has a wall outlet conveniently placed for plugging in my lamp, but it’s not really close enough to allow me to use my iPad while it charges using the standard charging cable.  I need a USB extension cable for the iPad charger and another for my iPhone charger so I can use themRead More…


Charge five devices simultaneously with this USB charger

on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

With the Tunewear TUNEMAX 5USB Charger, you can charge up to five USB-chargeable devices using a single wall outlet.  It can accommodate an input voltage range of AC100V-240V, and it can be used anywhere in the world with the appropriate AC adaptor (not included).  Total output from this unit is 5V/5A, with three 5V/1A outlets andRead More…

Ventev utilitycharger2100

Two times the charging ability from the Ventev utilitycharge 2100

on Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Oh, the woes of charging on the road! I am one of those souls who frequently finds themselves charging my smart device either in a car or in a hotel or ship’s cabin. And to that point, I often carry at least charging adaptors for my car and for a wall outlet. What if someoneRead More…


The PowerPot V review

on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping.  Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me.  Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook atRead More…


R2D2 is my co-pilot – and my power source!

on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

This is rather expensive for a USB car charging station, but could it be any cuter?  The R2D2 USB Car Charger from ThinkGeek sits beside you in a drink holder;  his arms adjust so that he will fit in most holders.  Plug him into your car’s power outlet, and he’ll be able to charge twoRead More…

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IPEVO USB SuperCharger review

on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got more than a few USB-charged devices.  How many iDevices, smartphones, tablets, and gizmos do you have craving a nightly fill-up?  To complicate matters, larger devices (iPads, tablets) usually require a charge that’s beefier than your regular phone charger.  Enter the IPEVO USB SuperCharger to the rescue!


Charge your phone with your power tools

on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I have a handyman working in my new (to me) condo this week, and I’ve noticed his Android phone gets some use.  If he needed, he could get a recharge by plugging his phone into a outlet in my house, but what if he were working on a construction site that may not have aRead More…


Just Mobile Highway Max dual USB car charger review

on Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Mobile devices are among the most useful, fun and ubiquitous of all our gadgets.  But the one task they can’t perform (yet) is generating their own power.  For that, we need accessories like chargers and cables suited to various locations where power is available.  The Just Mobile Highway Max is a charger with a 12Read More…


Pawtec Signature Mini USB Dual Car Charger review

on Monday, October 7th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Mobile devices are great.  They help save us time, enable us to communicate and entertain us, and so we take them everywhere.  But their batteries sure don’t last long enough, do they?  While we’re on the road we need a way to charge our mobile devices and preferably to charge more than one at aRead More…

I'm not a fan of bare metal showing on a plug.

Belkin Dual Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable review

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Getting power on the go used to mean carrying a bag-phone the size of a large loaf of bread and a power port plug to keep it juiced. Nowadays, we have much better battery chemistry, but for us power-users, the battery in a gadget may not last through a full day of use. If you’reRead More…


Now everything has a USB charging port…

on Friday, July 12th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

Look in the believe-it-or-not category at the Bed Bath & Beyond website, and you’ll find the 8″ Power Bed Riser.  I don’t mean it’s a powered lift like hospital beds use.  It’s a set of rubber blocks that lift the bed higher off the floor.  You can buy those (normal) rubber blocks anywhere, and theyRead More…


Give Dad a USB charger with a backup battery

on Friday, June 14th, 2013

It’s too late to have this in hand to give Dad for Father’s Day, but it’s not too late to gift him with a USB charger that has a backup battery with its own solar charger inside.  Just print out a picture of the PowerTrip and include it in the Father’s Day card and haveRead More…


Travel light with the RichardSolo Wall and Car Combo Charger Pro

on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News, Travel Gear

RichardSolo has a great addition to your travel gear.  Their Wall and Car Combo Charger Pro looks like a regular USB wall charger.  It has a single USB port that provides up to 2.1A for fast charging of tablets as well as phones.  It takes 100/240V input, which means you’ll be able to use it internationallyRead More…


Charge your devices faster with the ChargeDr

on Friday, March 29th, 2013

If you find that charging your USB-chargeable devices takes too long, you may be interested in the ChargeDr USB Charge Booster from Digital Innovations.  The ChargeDr uses an unspecified method of boosting the power from your computer’s USB port, so that a normal 5V, 0.5A-2.1A port always outputs 5V, up to 2.1A of power.  The ChargeDr isRead More…


Stop being a power vampire with the Stone GreenZero mobile device charger and save money, too

on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

In honor of Earth Month, Bracketron is helping you to be green while saving serious green!  They are offering the Stone GreenZero mobile device charger at a 25% savings from March 20 through April 30, 2013.  The Stone GreenZero charger uses Bracketron’s exclusive GreenZero Technology, which they say is “the most eco-friendly way to charge mobileRead More…


Y-Charge turns your car’s power outlet into a dual charging station

on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

If you travel with multiple USB-chargeable devices in a car with only one power outlet, you may find yourself having to make a difficult decision – which device do I charge?  With the Y-Charge from TYLT, your decision will be easier because you can charge two devices at once.  The Y-Charge plugs directly into theRead More…


Twelve South introduces the PlugBug World

on Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Last year, I reviewed the PlugBug from Twelve South.  It is a 10W USB charger that can be used alone or as a replacement for the power prongs on a MacBook power brick.  When I purchased mine last year, the PlugBug was only available with US-style power prongs.  The new PlugBug World still offers aRead More…


Kanex DoubleUp Dual USB Charger review

on Saturday, December 1st, 2012

In my house, we have a lot of gadgets that need to be charged and a dearth of outlets.  Because all of us tend to have the same types of gadgets, we can usually share chargers, which minimizes how many chargers we have to have scattered around the house.  Since I now have a fewRead More…


Kanex DoubleUP USB charger can charge two iPads at once

on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

If your household is like mine, you have a lot of USB-chargeable devices that require a lot of chargers.  And like me, you’re probably running out of places to plug them up.  Kanex can take care of charging up to two devices, even two tablets, at once with their DoubleUp USB charger for iPhone, iPod,Read More…


Richard Solo 4-port USB wall charger

on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

This 4-port USB Wall Charger from Richard Solo goes right to the heart of traveling with mobile gadgets.  Most of them are USB-chargeable, and you don’t want to carry around a wall charger for each, but you still want to be able to charge multiple devices at once.  This wall charger has no standard ACRead More…