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USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

The USB Type C standard is a very young one, but thanks to the push from certain companies, everyone is jumping in quickly. So it's not really surprising that not everyone gets it right. And not everyone even tries for that matter. Soon, however, worries about picking up a correct USB-C charger or even bringing multiple chargers for different USB-C devices will be a thing of the past. The USB Implementers Forum, a.k.a. the USB-IF, has just announced a certification program that will ensure that chargers comply with set standards and are, therefore, safe to use.

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Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Centers in the game are virtual oases, allowing players and their Pokemon a period of respite from the cruel, competitive world outside. In the real world, those are also known as cellphone charging stations. Now that Pokemon GO threatens to blur the boundaries between the two worlds, it only makes sense for Pokemon Centers to take real form as well. And that is exactly what a certain Spencer Kern just did, creating a DIY, and much, much smaller, version of the Pokemon Center as a charging station. Somewhat ironically, Kern happens to be an artists for Minecraft.

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Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

USB Type C, or simply USB-C, is the hot new standard for data and power connections on mobile devices, sometimes even laptops like the Apple MacBook. Although not yet adopted universally, it is becoming more widespread in each new product launch. That means that a bunch of new accessories, including chargers, have popped up almost out of nowhere. Sadly, it also means that not everyone gets the spec right, resulting in sometimes very dangerous consequences, as reported by Redditor Nathan-K.

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OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

We've seen levitating products with increasing frequency, one of the coolest ones being that Mars levitating speaker. Equally fascinating is a newly surfaced wireless phone charger that causes your smartphone to levitate above the charging base: OvRcharge. The device is being funded on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where the company behind it, AR Designs, details the voodoo that makes this seemingly magical device work.

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4Moms Moxie stroller keeps your smartphone charged

4Moms Moxie stroller keeps your smartphone charged

New moms and dads take lots of pictures. Just check your Facebook or Instagram for anyone you know with a baby if you need proof. With all the snaps of baby and selfies that moms and dads take, it can be hard to keep your phone charged while out for a walk with your little. This is where the 4moms Moxie stroller comes in. It looks like one of those old-fashioned prams, but it has some cool power-generating tech inside.

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Magnetic Resonance Wireless Charging coming to LG smartphone

Magnetic Resonance Wireless Charging coming to LG smartphone

One of the things that makes dealing with a smartphone on a daily basis is more streamlined and convenient is wireless charging. Typically, with wireless charging we are talking about magnetic induction charging where the user has to place their smartphone directly on a charge mat or surface to get power. LG has reportedly finished the development of a smartphone that charges wirelessly using magnetic resonance.

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Belkin USB-C Car Charger powers your gadgets on the go

Belkin USB-C Car Charger powers your gadgets on the go

Gadgets that drop micro USB in favor of USB-C chargers are slowly growing in number, and that means all the charging cables you've amassed over the years won't do you much good. If you have, for example, the HTC 10, you're going to need a USB-C charger like the one Belkin introduced today. The new Belkin USB-C Car Charger is exactly what it sounds like, and it is available starting today for $44.99 USD.

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Kanex GoPower USB-C crams 15,000 mAh of juice in a portable package

Kanex GoPower USB-C crams 15,000 mAh of juice in a portable package

Kanex has rolled out a new GoPower portable battery that uses the USB-C port to allow it to recharge your new MacBook or other device on the go. The battery has 15,000 mAh of juice inside, which the maker claims to be enough to completely charge your MacBook once. The USB-C port output is 5V at 3 amps and the USB output is 5V at 2.4 amps for fast charging of anything that needs a USB port.

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LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

Despite the promises of a better USB future, USB Type-C, the reversible, all-in-one connection, is still in a stage fraught with growing pains. Some manufacturers and accessory makers are too eager to jump onto the USB-C bandwagon that they don't always check for proper compliance and implementation. Even OnePlus was guilty of that rookie mistake. Fortunately, it seems that LG has learned from others' mistakes and has ensured that the USB-C port on the LG G5 is compatible with both Qualcomm's proprietary Quick Charge 3.0 and the more standard USB Power Delivery 2.0 spec.

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Anker 60W USB Type-C charger powers five devices at once

Anker 60W USB Type-C charger powers five devices at once

Anker has a new charger that is able to charge an entire family's gadgets all at the same time from a single outlet. The device is called the Anker Premium 5-Port 60W USB Wall Charger PowerPort+. That is a very long name and it can charge five devices at one time with four USB ports and a single USB Type-C port.

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Bioo pot uses plants to charge your phone

Bioo pot uses plants to charge your phone

A team has launched what they say is the first plant pot capable of charging your phone, and it’s called Bioo. The pot is said to produce electricity in a roundabout way from the plant’s photosynthesis, giving users a green alternative to solar chargers for powering up their gadgets. The pot features a charging port that’s disguised as a rock, presumably a battery to store the electricity being generated, and more.

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Anker PowerHouse 400Wh portable generator can charge via solar power

Anker PowerHouse 400Wh portable generator can charge via solar power

A new version of the Anker PowerHouse compact generator has hit Amazon and can be purchased now. The device has 400Wh of power inside that is stored in lithium ion batteries. The device has an integrated DC/AC power inverter and 12V car AC and USB outputs for charging gadgets. The internal batteries can be charged via an AC outlet or via solar panels when camping or when AC power is unavailable.

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