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Xiaomi made the AirPower-style charger Apple couldn’t – plus an 80W wireless stand

Xiaomi made the AirPower-style charger Apple couldn’t – plus an 80W wireless stand

Xiaomi claims to have achieved where Apple failed, with a new multi-coil wireless fast charging pad capable of charging multiple devices simultaneously - just as Apple AirPower was meant to do. Apple's decision to pull the plug on its AirPower charging mat was a rare public admission of fallibility by the Cupertino firm, but that hasn't dimmed the desire among users for a smart charging pad that doesn't care whereabouts you place your phone.

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe owners are getting special trailhead EV chargers

Jeep Wrangler 4xe owners are getting special trailhead EV chargers

Jeep and Electrify America are teaming up to put EV chargers in wilder locations, helping drivers of the upcoming 2021 Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid to top-up their batteries while they explore the great outdoors. The Jeep 4xe Charging Network will see trailhead parking fitted out with special Level 2 chargers, some of which will use solar-power to stay off the grid completely.

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EV Charging Explained: The fastest chargers at home and on the road

EV Charging Explained: The fastest chargers at home and on the road

If your main concern with buying an electric car is figuring out how you're going to charge it, worry no more. There are plenty of different options - from the cable that comes bundled with all new EVs, through to super-fast public charging networks - and it's easy to get overwhelmed by the tech and the terminology. Read on to get up to speed on Level 1 and Level 2 chargers, DC fast charging, and where Tesla Superchargers fit in - and what to look out for when you need to add miles of range, fast.

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OnePlus 9 Pro 50W wireless charging, mid-range OnePlus 9R confirmed

OnePlus 9 Pro 50W wireless charging, mid-range OnePlus 9R confirmed

Most companies try to keep a tight lid on new products before they launch but most of the time also fail at that. Rather than fight it, OnePlus seems to have instead embraced a new philosophy where it does most of the work for netizens instead and leaves breadcrumbs for them to nibble on while waiting. Indeed, OnePlus itself has done a lot of the teasing around the OnePlus 9 and even the OnePlus Watch and it doesn't seem to be done yet, even with less than a week before showtime.

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This Polestar ChargePoint app should make EV charging a little easier

This Polestar ChargePoint app should make EV charging a little easier

Polestar is releasing a new ChargePoint app for the Polestar 2, partnering with the EV charger network to make finding ways to top up the electric car easier from the dashboard. The new ChargePoint app runs on the Polestar 2's Android Automotive OS infotainment system and will be distributed via the Google Play store accessible on the EV's touchscreen, and cover not only locating a charger but paying for it too.

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Thousands of stands with built-in USB ports recalled over shock risk

Thousands of stands with built-in USB ports recalled over shock risk

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has highlighted a recent recall involving side stands (accent tables) that feature built-in charging receptacles, including USB ports. The reason, according to the recall notice, is a wiring problem that may cause users to be shocked when they plug a device into the stand. Owners are warned to stop using the tables and to wait for a replacement.

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POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

The folks at POC revealed a new sort of bike helmet this week - one with a solar panel. This new bicycle helmet has a red light at its base (at the back) and obtains power from the sun's friendly rays. This is only the latest in a collection of collaborations between POC and companies that bring advanced tech to the classic helmet line.

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Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Most people with an Apple device (or most people with any smart device, for that matter) can tell you stories about charging cables fraying over time. It's a frustrating issue because not only does it represent money that you're throwing in the trash can, but until you replace the cable, it's also a hazard. Apple may have figured out a way to make cables more durable, potentially solving the issue of frayed cables.

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Motorola answers Xiaomi with its own over-the-air charging

Motorola answers Xiaomi with its own over-the-air charging

In just the span of two days, we've had two separate smartphone manufacturers show off different wireless charging systems that can charge phones over-the-air. First it was Xiaomi showing off its Mi Air Charge, and now it's Motorola, which is teasing a system that can charge phones from as far as 100cm away. Not only that, but we saw the wireless charger even charging multiple phones at the same time.

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Bluetti AC200P Power Station Review

Bluetti AC200P Power Station Review

When it comes to batteries, you almost always have to make a compromise between power and size. That's more true with portable batteries where mobility plays a more critical role. There are times, however, when the reverse is true and charging power becomes the deciding factor. The latter is true for Maxoak's newest portable power station, the 2000Wh Bluetti AC200P, which uses the term "portable" very loosely, at least in comparison to other portable power stations. In exchange, however, you won't have to make that many compromises in what or how many you can juice up with it.

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Satechi’s magnetic iPhone 12 charger beats Apple MagSafe in 2 ways

Satechi’s magnetic iPhone 12 charger beats Apple MagSafe in 2 ways

Apple's MagSafe for iPhone system can be a whole lot more convenient for charging than plugging in a Lightning cable, but Satechi may in some ways have just bested the official MagSafe adapter. As with previous iPhone accessories, Apple's plan is to license out MagSafe to third-parties so that they can fill out the ecosystem. In some cases, that means adding some advantages over Apple's own products.

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iPhone 12 mini shows not all new MagSafe is equal

iPhone 12 mini shows not all new MagSafe is equal

The Apple MagSafe system keeps revealing tidbits of functionality and features - and they're not all good. A support document for the MagSafe Charger was updated this week to show how it'll function differently depending on the device to which it is attached. If it is connected to an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, it'll run with 15W peak power delivery. If it is connected to an iPhone 12 Mini, the MagSafe Charger maxes out at 12W peak power delivery.

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