Battery Charger

uBeam publicly unveils its ultrasonic wave-based wireless charging

uBeam publicly unveils its ultrasonic wave-based wireless charging

You might have heard of uBeam, the Silicon Valley startup that has developed a novel way of wireless charging based on ultrasonic wave technology, but you almost certainly haven't seen or heard about the product in action. That's because uBeam has been somewhat secretive about its tech, not revealing any specific details or public demonstrations. That changed late last week with a low-key unveiling at Los Angeles' Upfront Summit.

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Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

The amount of smartphones that explode every year has gotten entirely out of hand, as one Galaxy S6 Edge user was loathe to find this week. The user goes by the screen name ReturnThroughAether and posted a number of images of the aftermath of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge explosion that happened overnight last night. The bad news for Samsung is that this was a Samsung smartphone. The good news is that this should further encourage research into alternate battery technology.

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Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie seems to have seen the oncoming rush of wireless earbuds as an issue with forgetful device-users. As such, they've created a combination case and external battery called the Power Capsule. This device is like many of Mophie's other devices, acting as a basic protector of a device while it charges said device with its own battery. The case itself can be charged with a micro-USB cord, also included with the device.

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KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

It's a problem as old as time: one minute you're eating a piece of fried chicken, the next minute your phone is dead. Chaos ensues. The chicken is in a box and you can carry it toward the nearest outlet, but who wants to be the person sitting near an outlet with a box of chicken? Not you, that's who. Fortunately KFC in India has a solution -- it's called the Watt a Box, and it's a box of chicken that doubles as a phone charger.

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AnkerBox lets your rent a power bank instead of carrying one

AnkerBox lets your rent a power bank instead of carrying one

Previously seen as heavy oddities and luxuries, power banks or portable battery packs have become essential life savers. While mobile devices become more powerful, batteries become less removable and less capable of catching up. But while battery packs offer emergency power, they have their drawbacks, like some added weight or yet another device you have to remember to charge before hand. AnkerBox wants to both remedy that while making a profit, by starting a charging-as-a-service business, offering battery packs and charging stations for rent or for purchase.

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Choetech 19w dual-port solar charger mini review

Choetech 19w dual-port solar charger mini review

Spring is nearly upon us, and that means shedding one's bulky winter clothes, leaving the claustrophobic confines of one's winter domicile, and heading out into nature. If you're taking your gadgets with you, you'll need a way to charge them, of course, and a portable solar charger is one of the most popular ways to do this. Enter Choetech's dual-port 19W portable solar charger -- it promises to keep your phone juiced up, but how does it fare during real-world use? Read our review to find out!

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Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Phorce has launched “Pocket,” a wallet that includes an integrated battery for charging your phone or other gadgets while out and about. Pocket, of course, also functions as an actual wallet, featuring a slot with a spring-loaded mechanism for inserting and removing cards. Overall, Pocket is smaller than most (filled) conventional wallets.

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Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Today we've seen a rare look at a smartphone technology that's in development stages and might actually be delivered as a final product. While many startups are creating technology that's either absurd or many times unlikely to see the light of day, Huawei appears to be bringing their own "Watt Lab" to show off its tech chops in a feature that may not just be implemented real soon - it'll be downright practical to use. Here Huawei has a smartphone with a battery that charges faster, but doesn't lower its lifespan in the process.

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Ecoxgear unveils power banks and speaker for the outdoors

Ecoxgear unveils power banks and speaker for the outdoors

People who are outside a lot often struggle to keep their devices charged and working. A company called Ecoxgear has unveiled some new devices aimed specifically at the outdoors types who want devices that can survive the outdoors and help their gadgets keep working. The new products are the Sol Jam, EcoCarbon, EcoPebble Powerbank, and the EcoCharge external battery.

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Volta offers free electric car charging, supported by advertising

Volta offers free electric car charging, supported by advertising

While electric cars are slowly becoming more and more common in the US, easily accessible charging stations are taking even longer to catch up. While manufacturers like Tesla are working to build more stations across the country, Honolulu-based Volta is looking to make a contribution as well. The startup offers to build charging stations that are free to use for drivers, and are supported with advertising. They already have over 100 stations set up in five different cities, and have plans to increase that to 400.

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Roto retractable charger is sleek and extra long

Roto retractable charger is sleek and extra long

Carrying around a charging cable generally means wrapping up an individual cord and toting it around with an outlet adapter, or carrying a retractable cord that is more compact but likely to get tangled easily or not be long enough for your needs. Roto is similar to the latter offering, but with tweaks that improve the least-liked parts of retractable chargers — in this case, the connectors lock down neatly into the square body, the cable is nearly 3 feet long, and the design is a mixture of sleek and functional. A built-in clip allows Roto to be attached to a bag or belt loop, or even a key ring if you’re particularly absentminded.

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Nomad Pod: an Apple Watch charger you can pocket

Nomad Pod: an Apple Watch charger you can pocket

Apple isn't giving away the details of its proprietary Apple Watch charger to make it harder for unauthorized accessory makers to copy. That said, it is at least sharing the dimensions to let authorized ones build theirs around the charger itself. We've seen Griffin's take on it, offering a simple yet elegant bedside nightstand post for the Apple Watch charger. Nomad, on the other hand, is doing things with a different twist. Its Pod does house the smartwatch charger, but it also has its own battery to make it both portable and versatile.

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