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USB-C Fast Chargers: what to buy and what to avoid

USB-C Fast Chargers: what to buy and what to avoid

USB-C is the new darling of both mobile and computing industry because of how it can be (almost) everything for any need. And you won’t have to learn how to plug it in right to boot! But as with any new technology, there is some teething pains to be experienced with USB-C, especially considering how both device and accessory manufacturers seem to be in a hurry to push the standard forward. It gets even more complicated when you factor in fast charging technologies, which could spell disaster for your device if used incorrectly. This list will hopefully find the best, not to mention safest, one.

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Baby Groot charger dances in your car’s cupholder

Baby Groot charger dances in your car’s cupholder

There's a new USB car charger out there, and it's entirely too cute for the road. ThinkGeek's new baby Groot charger is designed to fit in your car's cupholder where Groot dances while charging your phone or other small USB gadgets. The charger has two USB ports and can itself be plugged into your car's DC 12V port, and it outputs enough power to charge tablets as well as smartphones. The item is officially licensed and available now.

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Eclipse USB hub makes charging stations sexy

Eclipse USB hub makes charging stations sexy

Eclipse is a USB hub that is nothing like most of the USB hubs you have used before. This device is round and hides the connectors and all the cables away inside. The round design is meant to charge three of the gadgets that you use daily and can be placed on a nightstand, desk, or hung on the wall.

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Apple sues supplier of fake chargers, cables sold by Amazon

Apple sues supplier of fake chargers, cables sold by Amazon

The case of the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire has manufacturers on high alert for anything that could be seen as faulty products. LG, for example, was reported to have gone over and beyond the call of duty to ensure its LG V20 won’t suffer the same fate. Now Apple is also scouring the Internet for potentially treacherous accessories, especially those masquerading as official Apple products. In fact, it has already sued one such company by the name of Mobile Star LLC, who allegedly supplied Amazon with counterfeit chargers and cables that Amazon, unwittingly, sold as the real thing.

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LG Quick wireless charger promises to be as fast as wired

LG Quick wireless charger promises to be as fast as wired

Wireless charging might be fine and dandy, but, in addition to two or so competing “standards”, it usually suffers from one fatal flaw: it is slower than charging through wires. “Usually”, because LG Innotek, LG’s components arm, is trying to prove that wrong. It has just announced a new wireless charging pad named Quick and, just as its name implies, it is advertised to be very fast indeed. So fast that it could actually match wired quick charging technologies currently in the market.

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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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iPhone Lightning Dock allows music playback while you charge

iPhone Lightning Dock allows music playback while you charge

With the launch of the new iPhone 7 yesterday there are also some new accessories for folks to play with. We have spent time hands-on with the new AirPods wireless headphones and there is also a new iPhone Lightning dock for you to check out. The new Lightning dock has some features that iPhone users who like music will appreciate. The dock is available in five metallic finishes.

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Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone charges both at once

Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone charges both at once

Keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use can be a problem in an area with limited space. Everything has its own charger and those factory chargers often mean that your devices are just laying there in the way as they power up. Belkin has a new charging dock that will charge your iPhone and the Apple Watch at the same time called the Powerhouse Charge dock for Apple Watch + iPhone.

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Lift charges your Apple Watch as it levitates

Lift charges your Apple Watch as it levitates

If you own an Apple Watch and want to charge it with something more interesting than what Apple designed, the Lift levitation charger might be just the ticket. This charger uses an induction system that works with a charging base that levitates your watch in the air and charges it at the same time. The charging station can also act as a smart lamp when you aren't charging your watch.

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USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

The USB Type C standard is a very young one, but thanks to the push from certain companies, everyone is jumping in quickly. So it's not really surprising that not everyone gets it right. And not everyone even tries for that matter. Soon, however, worries about picking up a correct USB-C charger or even bringing multiple chargers for different USB-C devices will be a thing of the past. The USB Implementers Forum, a.k.a. the USB-IF, has just announced a certification program that will ensure that chargers comply with set standards and are, therefore, safe to use.

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Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Centers in the game are virtual oases, allowing players and their Pokemon a period of respite from the cruel, competitive world outside. In the real world, those are also known as cellphone charging stations. Now that Pokemon GO threatens to blur the boundaries between the two worlds, it only makes sense for Pokemon Centers to take real form as well. And that is exactly what a certain Spencer Kern just did, creating a DIY, and much, much smaller, version of the Pokemon Center as a charging station. Somewhat ironically, Kern happens to be an artists for Minecraft.

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Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

USB Type C, or simply USB-C, is the hot new standard for data and power connections on mobile devices, sometimes even laptops like the Apple MacBook. Although not yet adopted universally, it is becoming more widespread in each new product launch. That means that a bunch of new accessories, including chargers, have popped up almost out of nowhere. Sadly, it also means that not everyone gets the spec right, resulting in sometimes very dangerous consequences, as reported by Redditor Nathan-K.

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