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Ford’s Mustang Mach-E will charge faster than we thought

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E will charge faster than we thought

Ford's Mustang Mach-E hasn't even reached dealerships yet, but the automaker is already claiming to have improved the all-electric crossover with faster charging speeds than first promised. Set to arrive in the US later this year, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E will support DC fast charging; now, Ford says that's actually performing better than it initially expected.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 3+ aims for the USB-A masses

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3+ aims for the USB-A masses

Superfast charging is one of the hot things among smartphone makers these days but, for the longest time ever, the only one offering such a technology was Qualcomm. These days, the chip maker's Quick Charge has largely been overtaken by the likes of OPPO's SuperVOOC or even OnePlus' Warp Charge but those are often only reserved for more expensive, higher-end phones. Qualcomm is now reassuring customers and users of its "mid-range" platforms that they, too, will now reap some fast charging benefits thanks to Quick Charge 3+.

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If you preorder an iPhone SE there’s something else to add to your cart

If you preorder an iPhone SE there’s something else to add to your cart

For many people, the new iPhone SE is a no-brainer upgrade. Apple's second-generation entry-level smartphone has the processor of its flagship and the promise of years of software updates, not to mention a great camera and that $399 starting price. If you're tempted to preorder tomorrow, though, there's something extra I'd add to the basket.

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Blink mobile charger is a fossil-fuel backup for your stranded EV

Blink mobile charger is a fossil-fuel backup for your stranded EV

Running out of juice in an electric car tends to be more of a headache, assuming you're stuck on the side of the road out of extension cable reach from an outlet, but Blink thinks it has the answer. The Blink mobile EV charger is designed for an emergency top-up to get your electric vehicle back on the road, though it doesn't take eagle-eyes to see exactly where that backup power is coming from.

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Xiaomi’s 100W Super Charge Turbo isn’t coming any time soon

Xiaomi’s 100W Super Charge Turbo isn’t coming any time soon

It's not uncommon for companies to boast about technologies they're working on, especially if they stand a chance of beating everyone else to the finish line. It also isn't uncommon for some companies to oversell such future technologies, leaving their own fans hanging and disappointed. Xiaomi may be finding itself in that exact position now that its own vice-president has admitted that the scary-fast 100W charging technology it showed off still has a few major hurdles to overcome before it is ready to be safely used in smartphones.

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Common charger vote sees EU ignore Apple’s Lightning protest

Common charger vote sees EU ignore Apple’s Lightning protest

The European Union has voted to approve a common charger standard, despite Apple's protestations that it could hamper innovation, and now aims to fast-track the rule in the name of cutting down on e-waste. The new regulation comes after years of the EU hoping that manufacturers would voluntarily adopt charger standards, only to find those hopes frustrated.

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OPPO Reno Ace Review

OPPO Reno Ace Review

There was a time in the past when owning a phone from a Chinese phone meant holding an iPhone clone. These days, you'd be hard-pressed to find such a phone from a reputable brand as these companies started branching out with their own identities and, more importantly, their own innovations. In fact, many of the trends in the mobile market today don't come from Samsung or Apple but from the likes of Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO. The latter is particularly known for its fast-charging technologies and the latest OPPO Reno Ace brings all of the company's best parts in one accessible package.

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OnePlus Optimized Charging will slow down charging to save your battery

OnePlus Optimized Charging will slow down charging to save your battery

Almost all smartphones these days now have some form of fast charging tech or another but despite the amazing advances in that area, the painful truth is that batteries themselves have remained the same for the past years. Fast charging technologies may only take minutes to fully charge to full but usually at the expense of battery health. That's why OnePlus has developed what is practically the reverse of its DASH Charge that slows charging down when you leave the phone plugged in overnight.

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New Belkin Chargers power through CES 2020

New Belkin Chargers power through CES 2020

It may have just announced its first diversion into a new market with the Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger but Belkin hasn't forgotten about its core product line. In fact, it is flooding the CES 2020 showroom floor with chargers and power banks, figuratively, of course. Riding the wave of recent trends, almost all of Belkin's new 2020 chargers are of the wireless variety and the one that doesn't at least sport a USB-C connection to accommodate most of the latest smartphones, tablets, and even laptops.

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Volkswagen mobile charging robot drives to where electric cars are parked

Volkswagen mobile charging robot drives to where electric cars are parked

One of the biggest logistic problems with electric vehicles or EVs is charging locations. Often you have to drive to these stations that are laid out in sprawling areas to accommodate multiple cars at once. Sometimes, however, the best time to charge such a car is when it's parked but parking spaces are cramped and putting a charging station there could cause a line that will block the flow of cars in and out parking. Volkswagen is almost genius in its simplicity and brings the charging station to the car instead, courtesy of a self-driving robot and its "wagon".

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Satechi Apple Watch charging dock can top off from a MacBook or iPad Pro

Satechi Apple Watch charging dock can top off from a MacBook or iPad Pro

Apple has yet to solve the Apple Watch's battery life problem but, in the meantime, accessory makers are seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the need to charge the wearable on the go. Apple's own charging accessories for the Apple Watch can be big or long, depending on which one you go for. Satechi, however, is offering an almost ingenious solution that simply sticks the magnetic charging dock to the side of a MacBook or iPad Pro.

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Google Maps can now search by plug when looking for EV charging stations

Google Maps can now search by plug when looking for EV charging stations

Can you imagine a world where each appliance company used its own proprietary plug? While plugs do differ between countries and regions, they are mostly standardized across all products. Sadly, that's not the case with electric cars which are still in their infancy stage. Fortunately, Google Maps continually makes it easier for EV owners to find charging stations, particular the ones that have sockets compatible with their brand.

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