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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

If you'd asked me to predict what I'd miss most about the iPhone 6s when I switched to the iPhone 7 Plus, I probably wouldn't have said wireless battery charging and magnetic mounting. Turns out, though, those were just the two features - supplied, naturally, by Mophie's Juice Pack Air cases and companion mounts, since Apple is yet to embrace this wireless charging world - that have been most frustrating about the latest iPhones. Happily, then, Mophie has delivered its new battery cases today.

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The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The new MacBook Pro has a very cool trick you may not be aware of. In addition to those USB-C ports being the future of connectivity, they can also charge your computer. That means you now have four different ports to charge from! And maybe the best part: you don’t need to plug in. Those ports also accept charges from battery packs, which makes your new MacBook Pro the ultimate in portability. Here are a few packs you should consider slipping in your bag.

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Fremo’s Evo battery frees Amazon Echo Dot from restraints

Fremo’s Evo battery frees Amazon Echo Dot from restraints

If you wanted to get a hold of Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant on the cheap, you had not look farther than Amazon’s own Echo Dot, which gave you a squashed Echo for $50 only. Looks, however, can be deceiving. Despite the speaker’s diminutive size, it isn’t exactly portable, require you to plug it into a power source before you can use it. Battery maker Fremo, however, offers a fix: the Evo battery base for the 2nd gen Amazon Echo Dot. That is, if you’re willing to pay the same price as the Echo Dot itself.

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Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie isn't quite ready to reveal its inevitable battery case for the iPhone 7 - like the rest of us, it's waiting for Apple's imminent reveal - but it does have a brand new line-up of universal Powerstation battery packs. In fact, there are now four product lines, spanning new, considerably lower price points from under $30, through to portable power with USB-C or wireless charging support.

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HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

One of the biggest problems of road warriors, other than a consistent Internet connection everywhere, is the rapidly decreasing meter on their batteries. Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are easier to deal with, but when you really need to get work done, a laptop is your Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, and this new HP backpack. Unassumingly stylish, the HP Powerup Backpack actually stores a large 22,400 mAh 84 Wh battery pack that can keep even your laptop sufficiently juiced up when power outlets are as rare as a Mewtwo.

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Beyond Ink Pen Review: Stylus, storage, and battery in one

Beyond Ink Pen Review: Stylus, storage, and battery in one

Is there a reviled-to-riches story quite like that of the stylus? Once a mainstay of smartphones, only to be made a laughing-stock by Steve Jobs and then, ironically, rebooted as the Apple Pencil, the humble pen has been on a peripheral rollercoaster. Enter, then, Beyond Ink's take on the stylus, part smartphone peripheral, part James Bond-esque gadget.

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Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

For many of us, a battery case for our smartphone is a necessary fact of life, but Mophie wants to make opportunity out of obligation. The company is no stranger to putting extra power into cases for the iPhone and other smartphones, but with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless it's embracing not only wireless charging but building a power ecosystem that, though not inexpensive, promises to last you through the iPhone 7 and beyond.

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Mophie’s new Juice Packs embrace iPhone wireless charging

Mophie’s new Juice Packs embrace iPhone wireless charging

Stepping out without a battery case on our iPhone is for many as unlikely as leaving the smartphone at home altogether, but with Apple slow to embrace wireless charging, Mophie is picking up the slack. The company has launched Charge Force today, both a range of new Juice Pack battery cases which support the main wireless charging standards, and a commitment to recharging without cords moving forward.

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Anker PowerHouse 400Wh portable generator can charge via solar power

Anker PowerHouse 400Wh portable generator can charge via solar power

A new version of the Anker PowerHouse compact generator has hit Amazon and can be purchased now. The device has 400Wh of power inside that is stored in lithium ion batteries. The device has an integrated DC/AC power inverter and 12V car AC and USB outputs for charging gadgets. The internal batteries can be charged via an AC outlet or via solar panels when camping or when AC power is unavailable.

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popSlate 2 is E-Ink for your iPhone done right

popSlate 2 is E-Ink for your iPhone done right

E-ink iPhone case-maker popSlate is back, with a new, sleeker, more functional version of its customizable shell for Apple's smartphone. Just like the first-generation case launched a year ago, the premise for popSlate 2 is straightforward: we're addicted to checking our phones for notifications or simply what time it is, and so why not give the iPhone a second, low-power screen that can deliver that more frugally?

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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple doesn't make many iPhone accessories, so the controversy when the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s arrived was all the more pronounced. Not because anybody doubted the iPhone 6s occasionally needed an extra hit of battery, but because the silicone sleeve made it very obvious where it was hiding its Li-Ion pack. It's a case with a hump, and that's been too big an obstacle for some to get over.

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Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Here's the thing about iPhone battery cases: you don't want them to be too thin. Go for the skinny model, and you're compromising on power, and if that's the case then you have to ask if it's worth carrying the case in the first place. Exactly what makes an attractive battery case which balances performance and style is contentious: witness the mixed reactions to today's Apple Smart Battery Case announcement to see that.

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