Battery Charger

Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

You're out and about and your phone's battery indicator starts flashing. An inconvenience, usually. In less favorable situations, you might be stranded somewhere waiting for the tow truck to call, only for your battery to turn red as its final farewell. Whatever the situation, users will find a portable (external) battery handy when the battery is running low, topping it up enough to last a couple more hours, or, in some cases, completely recharging it for another day or so of use.

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VW, BMW & ChargePoint to build electric vehicle charging stations

VW, BMW & ChargePoint to build electric vehicle charging stations

Now that most major auto manufacturers are producing electric cars, we can look to the next phase of the plan: infrastructure. Save for Tesla, we’ve not heard too much about charging stations implemented in a big way. Today, VW and BMW are announcing a joint venture with ChargePoint to bring a series of fast charging stations to the East and West Coasts of the United States. Their goal is to get roughly 100 fast chargers implemented between Boston and Washington DC, and from Portland, Oregon to San Diego.

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Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla is working on a robotic charging system which will automatically plug in its electric cars like the Model S, described by CEO Elon Musk as "a solid metal snake." The intelligent charger would presumably be positioned as a way to bypass one of the lingering frustrations around EVs, namely that drivers have to remember to plug them in. While Musk gave no timescale for the robo-charger's release, he did confirm that it would work not only with future models but all existing Tesla cars.

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AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

There've been backpacks in the past that had batteries inside them. Batteries that charge your devices while you're walking about, talking with your best pals, waiting for your smartphone to come back to full energy. What the folks at AMPL hope to do is make that process smarter. This backpack lets you know how far your charging has gone, which devices need more time, and what you're going to want to do in the way of prioritizing each device as they ramp up.

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Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Oddity gift shop Firebox says that there are two most borrowed items today: your pen and your phone charger. If so, wouldn't it be nice if you were never to be put in that situation that you'd need to borrow one or the other or, worse, both? That certainly seems to be the thinking behind the design of the Power Pen, a multi-talented instrument that acts as a pen, an emergency power reserve, and a digital writing instrument as well.

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Tesla opening first battery swap station next week

Tesla opening first battery swap station next week

Tesla is keen to get more charging stations positioned throughout the country, which will allow Tesla owners to charge their cars at appropriate way stations without ever running out of power. With 312 existing Supercharger stations so far, Tesla is on the way to providing a true network of power for their owners. Now Tesla is testing an even quicker method for getting back on the road, allowing Tesla owners in central California to swap batteries instead of plugging in.

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Flat Attack charger juices up your devices with AA batteries

Flat Attack charger juices up your devices with AA batteries

More convenient portable batteries seem to be all the rage lately. We've recently seen one thin enough to fit in a wallet, and one small enough to attach to a keychain. Following that latter theme is the Flat Attack, another keychain-bound portable battery for charging small gadgets without carrying a battery brick and charging cable. Unlike the aforementioned keychain-sized portable battery, Flat Attack uses a conventional AA battery instead of an integrated battery, meaning in a pinch you could swap it out with a fresh battery for instant power.

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Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

A device called Slimger was recently funded on Indiegogo, and it is quite possibly the most convenient portable battery we've seen thus far. Unlike common bulky portable batteries that require a pocket or bag, the Slimger is ultra-thin to the point of being nearly as convenient as a credit card, in that it can fit in your wallet, slip in a shirt pocket, or any other number of handy places. The device's makers are planning to start delivering Slimger next month.

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Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain

Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain

There is no shortage of portable battery options, some smaller than others but most large enough that you'll need to keep it in a pocket or bag. That's a hassle and makes it easy to forget the device somewhere, and is what makes the Keycharge stand out. Keycharge features a 1000mAh battery, and is small enough to fit on a keychain, meaning it is always available if you have your keys on you. Keycharge also doubles as a flash drive with up to 32GB of storage.

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