Europe has worked for years to unify smartphones under a single charger -- the common microUSB -- with major companies expressing their support for the measure as far back as 2009 and getting the microUSB officially set as the charging standard a year or so later. Legislation was introduced by an EU committee last year to require a single charger system, which today received "overwhelming" approval from members of parliament.
This week two of the three major wireless charging standards groups have signed an agreement which will have the two technologies be able to exist on the same device. This agreement has A4WP and PMA, aka the Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance, signing up to allow their two standards to work side-by-side. The odd-man-out is the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium), the group that works with Qi-standard charging.
As mobile devices get more powerful and wearables start getting traction, the bottleneck of delivering a great user experience lies not on the processor anymore but on batteries. While other companies are sweating over the next battery revolution, Apple is reported to be taking a more muted approach and focusing on improving charging methods instead.
Way back in 2010 we first talked about a cool soccer ball that was designed to charge your devices using an internal generator. The ball is called Soccket. Fast-forward several years and that gadget charging soccer ball is now available to purchase. The Soccket is available to buy for $99.
If you’re like us, you’re mobile more than you’re stationary. Running around, your mobile device batteries get worn out. From time to time, so does your car battery. Both seem to die at the worst possible time, but Cobra might have something up their sleeve to help out.
Tesla's Model S has been the subject of note when it comes to electric cars, lately due to a spat of fires that have affected a few of the units. Recently, a garage caught fire containing a Model S that was charging, something Tesla maintains was not caused by the Model S and that the Orange County Fire Authority says was related to the wall-charging system. Following this latest incident, Tesla Motors has pushed out a software update.
If you are the sort of person that likes to be ready for anything, you may have a flashlight and a battery charger in your bag ready to use when you need it. A new flashlight called the ZeroHour turned up and it does a lot more than light your path in the dark. The ZeroHour flashlight is a modular tactical battery backup flashlight, which is a mouth full.
When it comes to protecting our smartphones from damage and drops, many people resort to ruggedized cases that will protect the phone from drops and water. We don’t typically put that much thought into getting accessories for our smartphones and other devices that can withstand the elements. The typical external battery wouldn't survive a splash or drop.