Mar 122014

Air Dock Wireless Car Charger Holder For Smartphones
With big screens and 3G or WiFi connections open all day long, today’s smartphones often need charging during the day.
The Air Dock is a car charging device designed to help you power your smartphone, phablet and even tablet without the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables. The Air Dock comes with 2 mounting options – a strong suction cup built for those who like having their holder fixed on the windshield or dashboard and a CD mount designed for those who prefer to mount their phones on the front side of their radios. The dock features a Qi wireless charging pad incorporated and is covered with micro suction foam to secure the device without clips and clamps. A strong magnet inside the charger strengthens the phone grip to the dock.

The wireless charger dock is compatible with most Qi wireless charger equipped devices. If you phone doesn’t come ready for wireless charging (eg: iPhone 4 and 5 series, Galaxy S3 and S4) simply buy an adapter case or an aftermarket wireless charging kit from Amazon and you’re ready to go.

$68.99 | BUY NOW
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Jan 292014

StrongVolt SmartCharger - Efficient Solar Power For Your Gadgets
One of the main issues with solar powered chargers is their low charging rates. While a regular wall charger can charge your iPhone in about 2 hours, a solar powered one can go up to 10-15 hours based on how much electric power it outputs.

StrongVolt’s SmartCharger is designed around this issue and promises high rate solar powered USB charging. The green charger comes with Auto-re-connection, a function that allows the charger to power off when you’re in the shade and automatically reconnect to your device once you’re back in the sun; features improved devices compatibility with dedicated switcher to optimize the charging process for iPad/Tablets, iPhone and Android based devices and has a LED power indicator integrated to offer visual feedback on the charging power.

ALSO READ: Birksun Solar Powered Backpack Gadget USB Charger and The Suntactics SCharger 12 – The Solar Powered Charger That Charges With Wall Charger Speed

The solar powered SmartCharger is in project mode at Kickstarter, already secured it’s funding and comes in six versions differentiated by the output power. For $35 you can get a 3W version (that 0.6A – close to the original iPhone charger output power) while for $140 you get a 18W charger (that’s 3.6A – more suitable for tablets and iPad). Intermediary versions available.

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Jan 282014

PoweriSite Or How To Charge Your Smartphone With Your Power Tools
Sometimes, the best solutions are hacks of tools, stuff and gear your already own!

While you could buy a dedicated external battery to power your gear while on the go (something like the PowerFlask and 14,000mAh PowerPak Ultra) why not take advantage of the one sitting in your tool box? Most of us already own one or more power tools that come with powerful rechargeable batteries which can be used to charge smartphones and tablets when needed. Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting you replace that sleek USB charging unit in your business case, I am just saying that, with a little hack, you can you benefit of the extended juice of the power tools you already own.

Enter the PoweriSite – for a reasonable $17.95 you get a dual USB adapter which hooks to high capacity Dewalt (14-18volt) batteries and charges any USB gadget. PoweriSite uses the available voltage in your power tool battery. For example – a high capacity tool battery can charge your iPhone 4 up to 8 times with up to 3.1 amps of power.

While this solution is a bit bulky for day-to-day usage, given the high capacity of the power tools batteries, I see a lot of potential for outdoors usage such as camping, hiking as well as phone charging in remote areas with no regular access to electrical power.

PoweriSite comes after a successful funding campaign on Kickstarter and is available for pre-order with delivery scheduled for March 2014.

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Jan 172014

SkyRC NC2500 Or How To Charge AA and AAA Batteries Without Destroying Them

Charging batteries is not always as simple as it seems and, to get things worse, do it wrong and you risk destroying your expensive accumulators! While there is a wide range of chargers available on the market (starting with this this $0.26 AA/AAA battery Charger and ending with the $839 DDI battery charger) not many can brag about being as powerful and advanced as the SkyRC NC2500.

ALSO READ: PowerPak Ultra – The 14,000mAh Portable Dual USB External Battery, the Monoprice Mini Surge Protector – The Traveler’s Charging Station With 3 Power Outlets and 2 USB Chargers and the Mega Flashlight With Emergency Power Station

Here’s a quick list if what SkyRC NC2500 is capable of:

  • 4 independent charging ports designed to fit both AA and AAA size batteries
  • 5 modes of operation: charge, discharge, refresh analyze (for batteries stored for more the 2 weeks but less than 3 months), break-in (charge-discharge-charge cycle to re-activate the battery) and cycle (charge-discharge cycle for up to 12 times)
  • LCD display with information about the charging process – charging current, accumulated, voltage and time elapsed
  • Easy operation buttons placed around the LCD screen
  • Tilt stand for easy viewing and cooling fan to keep the unit cold while charging batteries
  • 5V USB charger – transfer power from your rechargeable batteries to your smartphone or tablet.
  • Smartphone control by dedicated app by Bluetooth
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Jan 042014

PowerPak Ultra - The 14,000mAh Portable Dual USB External Battery For Smartphones And Tablets By New Trent
The New Trent PowerPak Ultra is the ultimate power station to bring with you in your outdoors trips!
While there are many other power stations available on the market (check the 13,000mAh PowerFGlask, the New Trent PowerPak+ With 13,500mAh and the 5,200mAh AviiQ Portable Charging Station we featured earlier) the New Trent PowerPak Ultra stands apart from the competition by the quality build and the weather proof capabilities. Once the plugs are covered with their corresponding caps, the unit becomes as waterproof and dust proof as it can get!

The power station features a 14,000mAh internal rechargeable battery and 2x5V plugs, one plug for tablets (powered with 2A) and one for smartphones (1A power). If you’re not sure what 14,000mAh means and how much power you get from it – just know that the iPhone 5 battery has a capacity of 1,440mAh, so the New Trent PowerPak Ultra will be able to charge it for around 10 times on one full charge!

$64.95 | BUY NOW


Dec 282013

Star Wars R2-D2 USB 2.1 AMPS Car Charger
Remember how Luke used to have R2-D2 on board of his X-Wing and followed his trusted guidance to destroy the Death Star? Now it’s time you get your own R2-D2 on board of your car and let him … charge your gadgets!

The R2-D2 Car Charger is officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise, sports 2 USB ports which output 2.1 Amps each (that’s enough power to charge 2 smartphones, GPS units or tablets simultaneously) and, above all, it features a rotating dome that lights up, whistles and beeps in pure R2-D2 style!

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Dec 202013

Joy Factory ZipMini Touch-n-Go Multi Smartphone And Tablet Charging Dock
If you’re anything like me, you should have at least a dozen of devices that need recharging on regular bases (read daily bases!!!) laying around.
A while back we featured a handful of usefull charging stations: Mahogany Charging Station, the Orico Multi Charger and the Griffin Powerdock 5 but none of them looks as slick as the Joy Factory ZipMini Touch-n-go.

The ZipMini Touch-n-Go charges up to four devices at the same time and uses a proprietary mini-cable system called Zip Tails. These mini-cables attach to the charging bases via a magnetic plug and, given their small size, keep your desk cable-clutter free. The charging station is compatible with most phones and tablets out there including iPhone (30 pin and Lightning connectors), Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and even dumbphones via microUSB.

$49.95 | BUY NOW
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