So you’ve got an external battery pack that you carry around with you to charge up your smartphone on the go. But you constantly forget to charge the battery up. So what’s the use? Elgato is here to rescue you from yourself.
Battery packs are ubiquitous now, with just about everyone offering up their take on how to charge your phone in a pinch. A new entry into the market, TravelCard, battles your draining smartphone battery at the pinnacle of the battery backup wars: the credit-card sized power pack genre. Could such a svelte packet actually power up your smartphone? We go hands-on to find out.
In the world of utility gadgets, external batteries seldom rank high on aesthetic or even functionality scales, but the QiStone+ aims to change all that. Handiwork of FoneSalesman, the pebble-like portable charger not only looks like the sort of thing you might want to leave out on your desk rather than hide away, but packs the latest Qi wireless charging technology too. Read on for our full review.
There’s a good reason why the "Coolest" Cooler has, just this week, become the highest-funded Kickstarter in Kickstarter history. It’s the thirteenth project to hold the crown of Highest Funded on Kickstarter since they started counting, and it’s ready to roll. Because it literally has wheels.
This week the folks at Revocharge are aiming to create another simple solution for charging your smartphone. Your iPhone, your Android device, or your Windows Phone - depending on model - will be able to take part in this simple solution. Your phone is held by the battery, the battery attaches to the charger wirelessly.
Bags with batteries built-in for on-the-go recharging aren't new, but flexible tech company Vorbeck is shifting the power from bag to strap with its new Vor-Power range. Built using the firm's flexible battery technology, the Vor-pack strap can curve to suit your shoulder but also squeezes in a total of 7,200 mAh of Li-Ion batteries, good for 3-5x recharges of your phone.
Dart is a small laptop power adapter that is on Kickstarter right now looking to raise the money it needs to come to market. The Dart power adapter is a very small device designed to power a laptop from an outlet without taking up as much space in the outlet or your laptop bag as many units do. The Dart adapter can produce up to 65W of power and is aimed at thin and portable notebook users.
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.