External Battery

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple doesn't make many iPhone accessories, so the controversy when the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s arrived was all the more pronounced. Not because anybody doubted the iPhone 6s occasionally needed an extra hit of battery, but because the silicone sleeve made it very obvious where it was hiding its Li-Ion pack. It's a case with a hump, and that's been too big an obstacle for some to get over.

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Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Here's the thing about iPhone battery cases: you don't want them to be too thin. Go for the skinny model, and you're compromising on power, and if that's the case then you have to ask if it's worth carrying the case in the first place. Exactly what makes an attractive battery case which balances performance and style is contentious: witness the mixed reactions to today's Apple Smart Battery Case announcement to see that.

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mophie aluminum clad powerstation line comes with a mobile app

mophie aluminum clad powerstation line comes with a mobile app

As smartphones become more sophisticated, they require more and more power, more than what they're internal batteries can provide. And as external batteries become more a fact of digital life, they themselves, in turn, become just as stylish and as sophisticated as the smartphones they power up. Take, for example, mophie, one of the leading brands when it comes to mobile battery solutions. Its new powerstation family of power banks sport not only a premium looking metallic finish, they also come with a power monitoring and management app.

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XTRON USB-C power bank: charge your MacBook on the go

XTRON USB-C power bank: charge your MacBook on the go

Maximas has unveiled its upcoming XTRON USB-C power bank for the new MacBook and other gadgets sporting USB-C. The power bank, much like competing devices we’ve seen in recent months, can power USB-C devices while on the go, including applicable laptops; the device uses chips from Texas Instruments, according to Maximas, and battery cells from Panasonic. Furthermore, the power bank offers a 4.2a output, as well as a regular USB port (USB-A) for charging your other non-USB-C devices.

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Intocircuit 11200mAh portable battery mini-review

Intocircuit 11200mAh portable battery mini-review

Though they take up little space in your bag, a portable battery is a godsend for frequent travelers, or for those times you end up being away from a charging station longer than anticipated. A portable battery is only as useful as its ability to charge your phone, however, and there's one big downside with most portable batteries: you can't see how much charge they have left, or you have to guesstimate using a few LED indicators. Enter the Intocircuit 11200mAh battery -- it has a built-in display showing the percentage of charge left, among other things.

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BatteryBox Review – MacBook power with MagSafe workaround

BatteryBox Review – MacBook power with MagSafe workaround

If obsessively glancing at the power meter in your MacBook's status bar is giving you eye-strain while you're away from an outlet, it might be time for an external battery. Not every power pack is created equal, however, and BatteryBox claims not only to have made a smarter and much longer-lasting battery, but one which neatly works with Apple's proprietary MagSafe connector, too.

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Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Will the addition of a microSD card slot and a removable battery change your mind about the Galaxy S6? Incipio hopes so. They've created an Offgrid battery case that works for both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that clamps either phone to a battery pack that adds a cool 3,700mAh of battery power while providing the option of expandable storage. The battery pack itself has a microSD card slot, as odd as that may seem, which uses the same micro-USB port as the battery normally would.

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Mophie intros juice pack for the LG G4

Mophie intros juice pack for the LG G4

That was quick. While we’re currently (literally!) getting our hands on the LG G4, Mophie is already out of the gate with accessories. A notable name when it comes to external power packs for your phone, Mophie is introducing a juice pack for the LG G4. Juice pack is Mophie’s lineup of cases that double as power packs, giving you the pleasure of powering up while on the go, but not needing to tether to a clumsy battery pack via a power cord.

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Aukey Quick Charge review; 10,000mAh of fast-charging bliss

Aukey Quick Charge review; 10,000mAh of fast-charging bliss

You need power for your gadgets — there’s just no getting around it. Sometimes you’re near an outlet. Other times, you’re on-the-go and can’t be bothered to plug in. The Aukey 10,000mAh External Battery is made for those times. Like most battery packs, it brings you a charge when you’re out and about. Unlike most battery packs, it also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, so if your phone also supports that tech, Aukey’s pack will power you up quickly. Does it really work as advertised, though?

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Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Mophie may have its roots in providing snug-fitting extra power for the iPhone, but the future is all about the next big headache in mobile: storage space. Sure, running out of juice by mid-afternoon is an annoyance on your smartphone, but, Mophie points out, running out of memory is even more stressful. It might not happen so often, but with memory card slots getting rarer, having to face deleting your photos, music, and videos is a lot worse than needing to squat by an outlet. Enter the new Mophie Space Pack line and the companion Space app; I caught up with the Mophie team to find out more.

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myCharge RazorMax review; classy and powerful

myCharge RazorMax review; classy and powerful

Battery packs are easy to come by, but each offers its own take on best practices for charing your devices. Some even charge all your devices, computer included. Various battery sizes mean different form factors, which can bring you joy or frustration should you have a pack that can’t keep up with your needs. The myCharge RazorMax is probably one of the sharpest looking battery packs we’ve ever seen, but that’s not the main attraction — or is it? We find out.

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