Battery Charger

Roto retractable charger is sleek and extra long

Roto retractable charger is sleek and extra long

Carrying around a charging cable generally means wrapping up an individual cord and toting it around with an outlet adapter, or carrying a retractable cord that is more compact but likely to get tangled easily or not be long enough for your needs. Roto is similar to the latter offering, but with tweaks that improve the least-liked parts of retractable chargers — in this case, the connectors lock down neatly into the square body, the cable is nearly 3 feet long, and the design is a mixture of sleek and functional. A built-in clip allows Roto to be attached to a bag or belt loop, or even a key ring if you’re particularly absentminded.

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Nomad Pod: an Apple Watch charger you can pocket

Nomad Pod: an Apple Watch charger you can pocket

Apple isn't giving away the details of its proprietary Apple Watch charger to make it harder for unauthorized accessory makers to copy. That said, it is at least sharing the dimensions to let authorized ones build theirs around the charger itself. We've seen Griffin's take on it, offering a simple yet elegant bedside nightstand post for the Apple Watch charger. Nomad, on the other hand, is doing things with a different twist. Its Pod does house the smartwatch charger, but it also has its own battery to make it both portable and versatile.

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Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Apple isn't putting out charging docs for its new Apple Watch, at least not yet, but we've said that you can make your own. Of course, you don't have to either, as there are many who are more than willing to deliver a ready to use product, for a price of course. Famed smartphone accessory maker Griffin is one of those first on the scene with its equally plain-named WatchStand, a rather unassuming post that holds not only your Apple Watch but also its partner iPhone.

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Apple isn’t making an Apple Watch dock, but you can

Apple isn’t making an Apple Watch dock, but you can

Apple is releasing the dimensions of the inductive charger for the Apple Watch, so that third-party manufacturers can create accessories that accommodate the puck. The details will allow for cradles and cases that store not only the Apple smartwatch itself but its accompanying USB charger cable; however, it's only the shape and size of the magnetically-clinging inductive plate which will be shared, as Apple doesn't currently have plans for licensing out the technology itself.

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Reserve Strap charges your Apple Watch as you wear it

Reserve Strap charges your Apple Watch as you wear it

As Apple's "Spring Forward" media event draws even closer, and with it new details about the Apple Watch, headlines are being dominated by talk about how long the new smartwatch's battery will last, and how the device minimizes power usage when not being worn. While the Apple Watch's release is still a few weeks away, some accessory makers are getting an early start on debuting their items, including one that aims to address concerns about battery life. The Reverse Strap is a watchband that doubles as a charger for the Apple Watch, providing additional power while being worn.

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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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