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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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RokPak rugged solar dry box doubles as phone charger

RokPak rugged solar dry box doubles as phone charger

Going out into nature is risky business if you’re bringing your phone along. Whether you’re on the beach or in the middle of a forest, you’re faced with the dual challenge of protecting your phone and other small gadgets (a smartphone, for example) while keeping the battery charged. Enter the RokPak, a dry box that included a built-in solar panel and battery for on-the-go charging.

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Modular YOUMO power strip lets you customize the ports and outlets

Modular YOUMO power strip lets you customize the ports and outlets

Typically, when you buy a power strip all you get are outlets for plugging things in. Some might give you a USB port or two for charging other devices, but most don’t. A new power strip has turned up on Kickstarter that is called the YOUMO power strip and it allows the user to choose the configuration and what sort of outlets or ports it offers for your devices.

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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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PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

As of this week, Apple has issued a warning for owners and users of a certain set of Apple-brand AC wall plug adapters around the world. While there's likely no immediate danger to you and yours, Apple isn't taking any chances with this program, suggesting that "in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched."

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myFC JAQ is a small fuel cell charger that slips into a purse

myFC JAQ is a small fuel cell charger that slips into a purse

Keeping your gadgets charged up and working when you are away from an outlet is a challenge. There are plenty of small battery packs out there that can do the job, but they have to be plugged in themselves. That means that you can only use them for a day or so before they need to be recharged. Fuel cell chargers are different with the ability to charge your gadgets as long as you have fuel for the cell.

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Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45 charger supports multiple voltages

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45 charger supports multiple voltages

Apple's new line of MacBook notebook computers charge using a small USB-C connector. The upside to this small port is that it is compact and take up little space allowing notebooks to be thinner. The downside is that there aren't that many available aftermarket power adapters to choose from. A company called Innergie has a new USB-C power adapter that supports multiple DC output voltages.

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Heat Harvest turns wasted heat around the house into power

Heat Harvest turns wasted heat around the house into power

Developers Sergey Komardenkov and Vihanga Gore have developed an interesting device dubbed Heat Harvest. The device is designed to be used by itself or integrated into other objects like your kitchen table. Heat Harvest captures wasted heat from objects and turns that heat into electricity that can be used for other needs.

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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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Compact Zolt Laptop Charger Plus can also charge mobiles

Compact Zolt Laptop Charger Plus can also charge mobiles

While most laptops are slimming down, the power bricks they come with are going the opposite trend. If you're a road warrior who always works on the go, the irony of the situation isn't lost on you. Realizing this problem and seeing the potential market for a solution, Zolt, with funding from Intel Capital, has come out with the Zolt Laptop Charger Plus, a laptop charger whose ultra compact size belies its power. In fact, it is powerful enough to charge two more USB-connected devices at the same time.

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This Nomad wallet has a 2,400mAh battery for iPhone charging

This Nomad wallet has a 2,400mAh battery for iPhone charging

There are probably three things that top the list of objects people never leave home without: their phone, keys, and wallet. Now, Nomad wants to let us use one of those items to charge the charge the other. The company has just announced a new portable charger in the form of the Wallet for iPhone, a common looking bifold wallet, but with a 2,400mAh battery hidden inside.

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Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

There's a mobile power bank device out there called Quarter. It's pretty neat. You may have been confused by what it does if you've already heard about it. Let me tell you what it's all about. Quarter is a battery, one that you charge up - fill up with power, that is to say - then stick in your backpack for later. Later, you take it out, plug in the cord that charges your iPhone, and let this battery power up your iPhone instead of looking for an outlet.

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