Archive for Chargers

Powermat arrives on October 15th

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

Powermat arrives on October 15thThe war against wires continues, with the next salvo being fired on October 15th. That’s when the Powermat arrives in the UK. It can juice up up to three low-power devices simultaneously. And without wires. It’s available in a few different versions.

One is made for your home/office, while the other is geared toward those on-the-go, being foldable for easy transportation. You will also need to pick up some receiver cases for the Powermat to recognize the type of device being charged.

Bluelounge’s Refresh Station charges four gadgets

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2009

Bluelounge's Refresh Station charges four gadgetsThe Bluelounge Refresh comes with a bunch of connections that allow you to charge several gadgets at once. Four at a time. It will make your life much easier. The connections include 2 x iPod/iPhone which lets you charge up to two iPhones or iPods at once, 2 x USB, and 1 x micro USB and 1 x mini USB.

You can also buy extra connectors to charge most mobile phones and portable games consoles. You can get the Bluelounge Refresh in Jet Black, Polar White, and Fresh Pink for $89.95 from Bluelounge. Not a bad price for convenience.

Messless Charger will charge multiple devices at once

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009

Messless Charger will charge multiple devices at onceIf you have an iPhone, an iPod Touch, a Sony Walkman, and a Nokia smartphone, then the Messless Charger will charge them all at once. It was designed by Italdesign Giugiaro and the charger lets you charge up to four devices at once, which means no wires for each gadget.

Pretty handy charger to have. It comes with a variety of adapters including iPod/iPhone, Nokia handset ports, Sony Ericsson and mini USB. The Messless Charger is available in the UK for about $113.

Energizer USB clip charges DSLR batteries via USB

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2009

Energizer USB clip charges DSLR batteries via USBEnergizer is really onto something with their Energi To Go gear. A few weeks ago we told you about their new XPAL battery chargers. Well, here’s another highly convenient product.

This USB clip will clip onto your DSLR and camcorder batteries and charge them up via USB. So what we have here is a much more portable DSLR battery charger. Nothing on price, but we should see it soon. We’re hoping the price is as convenient as the clip itself.

The Power Shelf holds your gadgets while they charge

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

The Power Shelf holds your gadgets while they chargeI can’t decide if this is pointless or actually useful, but if you are looking for a way to organize your gadgets while they charge, you may want to check out the Power Shelf. It plugs directly into your power outlet, you can then plug your gadget into the power outlet and store it on the shelf.

The Power Shelf comes in several sizes so you can store and charge a wide variety of gadgets from your iPhone to your digital camera to your laptop. I guess it’s a great idea for those with limited space. The Power Shelf will cost you $14.99 to $49.99 from Think Geek.

Portable battery packs from Energizer

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Portable battery packs from EnergizerHot on the heels of Wildcharge’s induction pad, Energizer is partnering with XPAL Power to expand its Energi to Go line of portable battery packs.

These newly branded chargers run the gamut from an iPhone 3G or #G S battery sleeve to a couple of solar chargers to a larger lithium ion charger that can power up to three devices simultaneously even a laptop. Many of the battery packs are available already under the XPAL brand but the ones with the new packages will be available very soon in stores.

Battery powered battery charger

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

Battery powered battery chargerA battery charger powered by a battery. You will be free and untethered, assuming you have some D-sized batteries to power it. Isn’t this like robbing Peter to pay Paul? Or robbing Duracell to charge Energizer. Something like that.

It “Uses up to 1000 disposable batteries”. How can you resist? This must have been dreamed up by battery manufacturers to sell more D batteries. I can’t remember the last time I used a D battery myself. We have no idea where to buy one. If you have this gadget let us know. It’s probably a joke. Well, we know it’s a joke, but you know…

Kensington’s power adapter for Netbooks will also charge your USB Gadgets

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2009

Kensington’s power adapter for Netbooks Kensington has a new Power Adapter designed specially for Netbooks. The adapter is compatible with brands like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, LG, Lenovo, MSI and Samsung netbooks, so all of the big names are covered.

But the most interesting thing about it is that it also features a USB port for powering up your cell phone or MP3 player. Don’t worry, the adapter features over-current protection, short-circuit protection, and over-temperature protection. Pretty nifty gadget to have with you while traveling.

KIT Eco Charger for Nokia phones

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

KIT Eco Charger for Nokia phonesIf you’re a Nokia cell phone user, you’ll want to check out the KIT Eco Charger from Carphone Warehouse, now for sale in the UK for £23. The KIT Eco Charger is a bit different from other chargers in that it can turn itself off automatically once your phone is fully charged. That way, you can leave your handset connected to it as long as you like and not have to worry about wasting electricity. Always a good thing.

According to a company spokesperson, “If everyone in the UK used a KIT Eco Charger we would save approximately 300,000,000 kwh of electricity per year. At an average cost of 28.5p per kwh, that would be a collective saving as a country of £85m!” Sounds pretty good. Sadly not everyone in the UK uses a Nokia.

2012: Target date for universal cellphone charger

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

2012: Target date for universal cellphone chargerWe knew there must have been some significance to the year 2012 other than the Mayan calendar ending. The GSM Association has announced that it and 17 of it’s partner companies are working a universal cellphone charger solution. They think they will have a common format in place by 2012.

Seems like it should meet the deadline no problem since the group’s choice of connector, micro-USB, has already gained acceptance as a pretty common format. They say that the “majority” of new phones sold by 2012 will support what they’re describing as the universal charging solution, which will need to meet strict requirements to be broadly compatible.

IDAPT Charging Station is heavy on pink

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

IDAPT Charging Station is heavy on pinkChances are you have many chargers on or around your desk, which wouldn’t be a problem if they weren’t all attached to wires. They have a tendency to get all tangled up. The IDAPT Charging Station aims to make your life just a bit neater, while powering up your gadgets.

It’s like a pink gadget orgy charging bed as it can handle three devices simultaneously, and the range of tips available should cover all the popular devices like BlackBerry, Nokia, iPod, PSP etc. You can purchase the tips online if you need one for a gadget. The IDAPT Charging Station will retail for £34.95.

The Wrist Band Portable Battery makes you look like a dork

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2009

The Wrist Band Portable BatteryMeet the dorkiest looking wrist accessory ever. You might think this is a cool cyberpunk bracelet thing. Actually, it’s the ultimate way to charge your batteries and look like a loser at the same time. If you don’t believe me, then by all means, check out the product site. There you can find pictures of people wearing and using this device.

It’s sad that it looks like such a train-wreck, because it’s a convenient way to charge up all your gadgets on the go. It uses a rechargeable li-on battery and comes with 8 different types of power connectors that will work with major brand mobile phones, the PSP and Nintendo DS. To recharge the portable battery, it takes about 5 hours. When used as a direct power source, it’ll give you 3 hours of talk time or 8 hours on your MP3 player.

SUPERBattery charges your gadgets with crank-power

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2009

SUPERBattery charges your gadgets with crank-powerJust in case of an emergency, it’s good to have a way to charge up your gadgets. Sometimes there’s just no available power source available though. With this SUPERBattery device from Datexx you won’t have to worry. It has you covered.

All you have to do is plug your gadget into the handy hand crank charger and start cranking. 2 minutes of frantic crank churning should give you about 6 minutes of talk time. The kit includes a hand-cranked 600mA rechargeable battery pack, built-in flashlight and an AC adapter which supports over 1,200 different mobile devices. It’s a pretty handy device. Who knows, it might even save your life.

Energizer Solar Recharger charges batteries, USB gadgets

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2008

Energizer Solar Recharger charges batteries, USB gadgetsEnergizer’s Solar Recharger looks like an odd device. It looks like it could be an iPod battery extender, a AA charger or even a Solar adapter. And it actually is all of the above. Mainly, it’s a battery charger for standard rechargeable AA and AAA batteries and is primarily powered by an AC jack that’s assisted by a flip-out solar panel. The USB port can power your connected gadget and the Solar Charger will act as an extended battery for almost any USB-powered device, like your iPod for instance.

The beauty of this device is that through the use of cheap rechargeable batteries, Energizer sell it for just $50, with 2 AAs included. Some other features include weatherproofing and a rotating solar panel.

Toasty Charger is part of a balanced battery breakfast

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2008

Toasty Charger is part of a balanced battery breakfastGadget makers love toasters. That’s because gadget buyers love everything shaped like a toaster. Whether it will make toast or not. Just check our archives of everything toaster-related. You’ll see. The latest toast-related item to come across our desk and leave a trail of crumbs is this device for powering-up your gadgets.

The “Toasting Charger” concept by Hyun-A Ko is designed to charge your batteries like a toaster cooks bread to a crispy golden brown. Just slide in a lithium ion battery, push down the handle and wait for it to pop, fully charged, maybe even buttery. There’s a color coded light on the side to show you the battery’s progress.