External Battery

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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EasyAcc 10,000mAh portable battery mini-review

EasyAcc 10,000mAh portable battery mini-review

A portable battery seems like an unnecessary burden until that one time you really need it, then it's worth its weight in gold. Not all external batteries are created equal, however, and investing in the wrong one could mean endless fiddling to make sure it's still charging, trouble getting it to hold a charge, and frustration when it fails in the middle of your weekend getaway. I recently got my hands on EasyAcc's 10,000mAh portable battery, and having been burned (in the non-literal sense) by external batteries in the past, I was skeptical about how it would hold up.

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Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

You're out and about and your phone's battery indicator starts flashing. An inconvenience, usually. In less favorable situations, you might be stranded somewhere waiting for the tow truck to call, only for your battery to turn red as its final farewell. Whatever the situation, users will find a portable (external) battery handy when the battery is running low, topping it up enough to last a couple more hours, or, in some cases, completely recharging it for another day or so of use.

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Kraftwerk wants to put a power plant in your pocket

Kraftwerk wants to put a power plant in your pocket

There are quite a number of battery packs in the market, ranging in size, shape, capacity or even gimmick. But there some who are really trying to push the boundaries of that portable battery concept. Take for example kraftwerk, a fuel cell-fueled power pack that relies only on gas, freeing you from being tethered to walls for weeks. In fact, since it uses gas, kraftwerk itself doesn't need to be recharged like your conventional portable battery, completely freeing you from the electric grid.

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Poseidon portable battery is waterproof and insanely durable

Poseidon portable battery is waterproof and insanely durable

Extended batteries might keep your devices running a bit longer than usual, but any long day out and about requires either a pit stop near an outlet or a portable battery that can charge devices while on the go. The latter is a common choice, and there's no shortage of portable batteries from which to choose...unless you need something that can withstand harsh environments. Situations where a portable battery is likely to get wet, dropped, bounced around, or otherwise handled roughly are all welcomed territory for Dark Energy's new Poseidon rugged portable battery.

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New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

Bluetooth speakers are now ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the market segment in an attempt to win your favor. when you’re on the go, it’s just another thing to carry along, and charging it up can be a bit annoying. ZAGG thinks they have the solution, though, and it’s a pretty interesting one. their Speaker Case for the iPhone 6 packs a detachable Bluetooth speaker, and also serves to protect your phone and bring a battery backup along for the ride.

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Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Oddity gift shop Firebox says that there are two most borrowed items today: your pen and your phone charger. If so, wouldn't it be nice if you were never to be put in that situation that you'd need to borrow one or the other or, worse, both? That certainly seems to be the thinking behind the design of the Power Pen, a multi-talented instrument that acts as a pen, an emergency power reserve, and a digital writing instrument as well.

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Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain

Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain

There is no shortage of portable battery options, some smaller than others but most large enough that you'll need to keep it in a pocket or bag. That's a hassle and makes it easy to forget the device somewhere, and is what makes the Keycharge stand out. Keycharge features a 1000mAh battery, and is small enough to fit on a keychain, meaning it is always available if you have your keys on you. Keycharge also doubles as a flash drive with up to 32GB of storage.

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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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