USB Charger

The Practical Meter aims to tell you how fast your phone is charging

The Practical Meter aims to tell you how fast your phone is charging

If you've ever wondered if plugging your smartphone in to one power outlet was charging it up to full power faster than another, there's a tiny device made by a fellow named David Toledo that'll get you thinking. What you're seeing here is a sort of half-way point between a USB port and your USB-based power cord. What the Practical Meter will do is show you a number of lights depending on how fast your device is powering up. With this information, you'll be able to find the most optimized power source and charge your device up as fast as possible.

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Eton FRX3 hand turbine Radio and USB Charger Review

Eton FRX3 hand turbine Radio and USB Charger Review

It's time to get ready for the inevitable zombie apocalypse now that we've passed by the Mayan end of the universe - what better way to do it than with your own self-chargeable AM/FM/NOAA weather ALERT radio, USB smart phone charger, and LED flashlight. This machine goes by the name Eton FRX3 and comes in two fashionably powerful shades: black/gray/yellow and red/gray. Up top you've got a solar charging panel, on the side you've got a hand-crank turbine, and on the inside you've got both a place for batteries of your own and the single rechargeable Ni-MH pack you'll be pumping up with the crank.

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Satechi unveils 10,000mAh Portable Energy Station

Satechi unveils 10,000mAh Portable Energy Station

Satechi has unveiled a new USB-based portable charging station that's powerful enough to charge most all your mobile devices, even the power-hungry New iPad. The Satechi Portable Energy Station as it's called packs a 10,000 mAh battery and offers both a 1 amp and a 2 amp USB port all in one small and lightweight design.

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myCharge extended battery lineup 2012 refresh hands-on

myCharge extended battery lineup 2012 refresh hands-on

The folks at myCharge have extended their product line again with a whole new series of battery packs for your iPhone, iPad, Android, and micro USB-capable products galore. We got the chance to take a peek at a few of them this week, with the myCharge Peak 6000 extended battery being the king of the pack right here next to the Quest 1000, Journey 1000, Trek 2000, and Summit 3000, each of them with their own set of plugs and abilities. Have a peek at not only the myCharge family here, but listen in as Greg from myCharge explains what makes this mobile battery solution unique.

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Pan Charger boils your iPhone battery back to life

Pan Charger boils your iPhone battery back to life

Japanese firm TES NewEnergy has launched a bizarre new way to charge your cellphone and other gadgets: using a pan of boiling water. The idea behind the Pan Charger was prompted when CEO Kazuhiro Fujita saw footage of earthquake victims huddled around small fires, and wondered whether integrating a heat-powered charger element to a regular saucepan would be a good idea.

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