External Battery

Mophie wants to give your phone 8 days more battery

Mophie wants to give your phone 8 days more battery

Mophie may be best known for strapping batteries to iPhones and other smartphones in the form of snap-on cases, but the company has a new range of even bigger power-packs, the new Powerstation Plus line-up. External batteries, rather than integrated ones - which means no need to buy a new model if you upgrade to a different phone, something which can get pretty expensive if you've been following Apple from iPhone 4 form-factor, to iPhone 5, and then most recently to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus - each has a built-in cable with either a microUSB or a Lightning plug on the end to suit your various devices.

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Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

The gadgets that fuel our lives are largely mobile and battery-powered, and as a result external batteries are a necessary accessory for many, keeping your phone or tablet alive while you're traveling or otherwise away from an outlet. The problem with these larger batteries is that, as with their smartphone counterparts, they too eventually need charged, and depending on capacity, could need all night to completely juice back up. Such isn't the case with Pronto, however -- this portable battery boasts rapid charging in as fast as five minutes.

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TravelCard review: backup battery power in your pocket

TravelCard review: backup battery power in your pocket

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.

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QiStone+ Review: Wireless charging in your pocket

QiStone+ Review: Wireless charging in your pocket

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.

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bKey: a backup smartphone battery the size of a car key

bKey: a backup smartphone battery the size of a car key

Let's face it. For all the power that gets added to our smartphones year after year, the battery is quickly becoming the bottleneck in our enjoyment of our mobile devices. Thus the need for emergency power reserves. But with external batteries and cases come bulk or wires, neither of which are convenient or exactly pleasant to use. That's where bKey tries to come in.

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