Battery Charger

May 072014
 

JunoJumpr Or How To Jump Start You Car With Your Smartphone Charger

This is an interesting piece of gadgetry that makes me ask myself why no one thought about it before!!!

ALSO READ about the StartMonkey 400 – The High Powered Rugged Emergency Jump Starter

The JunoJumpr is deemed the most portable jump starter around. While not bigger than a regular smartphone, the Jumpr employs a lithium polymer battery pack (rather than lithium ion, as most extended battery charges do) which holds 6,000mAh of power and delivers a peak output of 12V at 300 amps, just enough to boost most car batteries around! Of course, while not jump starting cars, you can always use the Jumpr to charge your iPhone, tablet or any other power-hungry gadget. Cool, isn’t it?

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May 012014
 

Finsix Dart - The World's Smallest Laptop Adapter
Did you ever ask yourself why power adapter are so big and bulky? In a world where mobility and adaptability are the main keywords in the business world, laptop chargers are as bulky as they used to be 10 years ago! I always get frustrated about this when I pack my laptop and get it ready for a trip or for commute. I even considered the charger size as decision factor for the purchase of my actual laptop – you can read about how I chose my laptop here.

ALSO READ about the Birksun Solar Powered Backpack Gadget USB Charger.

Now, after this little bitching session, let me show you a cool gadget – as ugly, bulky, heavy and big your laptop adapter is, you don’t have to worry about it! The Finsix Dart charger is here to save you from the hassle of carrying a bring in your bag. The Dart laptop adapter is similar in shape with an iPhone charger but twice as long and it also includes an USB plug for charging smartphones and tablets. The Dart packs 65W of power and it’s compatible with most laptops out there (validate your particular model’s compatibility on the product page).

Finsix Dart is is project mode over at Kickstarter and you can secure one for an early bird price of $89. Delivery scheduled as of November 2014.

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Apr 302014
 

Cota Or How To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone Up To 40 Foot (12 Meters)
Cota is a new technology that challenges everything you know about wireless power. Think of all the devices you rely on every day: smartphone, remote control, smoke alarm, electric toothbrush.” – This is how Ossia Inc presents their long range wireless charger – Cota.

ALSO READ Air Dock Wireless Car Charger Holder For Smartphones and iQi Mobile – iPhone Wireless Charging On The Cheap

The Cota works the same way your WiFi network works – it sends out power waves which are received by your iPhone, tablet or any other gadget allowing it to charge while in the charger’s range. The device sends out 1W of power (around 1/5 of a regular USB power), it’s supposed to be human-safe and it will be widely deployed sometime in 2015.

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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.

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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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