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Visual desktop charger concept radiates light

Posted in Chargers,Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2007

Visual desktop charger concept

Most desktop chargers suffer from a case of severe ugliness. That’s where this one differs, with a brilliant endearing design by Sun Kyung Kim. It simulates the visual experience of ripples within a bird bath. Sun’s thinking is that humans like to have visual indicators for all things, mobile devices are no exception. Most chargers do not give you any visual indication of charge status, whereas this one will show you radiating rings of light that the indicate the charge status. To top it off, the thirsty birds on the edge glow once the rings of light reach them.

No word yet on when it might be available or pricing, assuming that it ever gets manufactured.

WildCharge charger finally available, for one phone

Posted in Chargers,WildCharge by Reuben Drake on October 18th, 2007

WildCharge wireless charging padThe WildCharge wireless charging pad that we heard about back in June is finally available for purchase. The charge pad uses a custom induction strip attachment that hooks on to your phone (or potentially other devices) and lets you charge it wirelessly by simply setting the device on the WildCharge charge pad.

The idea is great and was met with a lot of enthusiasm from the gadget community when announced, but its taken a while to get here. Shortly after the initial launch announcement of July 7, the company came out with news of pre-orders and then some pricing and a delay.

Gomadic QuadCharge charges four devices at once

Posted in Chargers,Gomadic by Nino Marchetti on September 28th, 2007

Gomadic QuadCharge Universal Charging StationGomadic Corporation released this week a device which lets you cleanly charge up to four portable devices at the same time. The Gomadic QuadCharge Universal Charging Station is priced at around $70.

The Gomadic QuadCharge Universal Charging Station lets one charge PDAs, cell phones, smart phones, Mp3 players, video/media players, portable video games and GPS receivers through the use of interchangeable adapter tips which lock into cables in the station. It uses one wall outlet connection to charge all of your devices.

Belkin TuneBase for iPod

Posted in Belkin,Chargers,FM Transmitters,iPod Accessories by Matt on September 19th, 2007

Belkin iPod TuneBase
The Belkin TuneBase gets a face lift with some welcomed improvements to this FM Transmitter. With ClearScan technology, users won’t have to wait for a stop light to adjust the station for clearer reception, instead the technology automagically finds the clearest station for you.

The button interface has been replaced with an LCD screen displaying the current station. A new Pro mode for improved audio quality and volume boost is integral, and an indicator informs the user when the mode is active.

Boblbee Waterproof, Shockproof, Solar iPod Dock

Posted in Chargers,iPod Accessories,Solar Powered,Waterproof by Darrin Olson on August 18th, 2007

Boblbee solar powered, waterproof ipod dock and chargerIt’s always refreshing to see an iPod accessory that actually looks useful; case in point: the Boblbee solar-powered iPod case. The Boblbee case completely encloses your iPod protecting it in a waterproof, shockproof cocoon of safeness. The case also acts as a charger drawing its electricity from the sun for you outdoor enthusiasts, miles away from any power outlets.

It’s not the most streamlined looking case and will definitely add some bulk to your MP3 player, but it will also potentially give you continuous, uninterrupted listening time outdoors, sun permitting. According to the company, the Boblbee can charge an iPod in around 8-10 hours when the solar panel on it’s back is exposed to the sun. If your player can last through the dark hours then the music would never stop. The device also has two 3.5mm headphone jacks to allow …

Monster iSlimCharger Shuffle USB Charger

Posted in Chargers,iPod Accessories,Monster,Shuffle by Darrin Olson on August 10th, 2007

Monster iSlimCharger USB adapter for the iPod ShuffleCheck out this super tiny, simple adapter for charging the iPod Shuffle. Having extra-small features that may make the Shuffle itself jealous the Monster iSlimCharger USB charger consists of just one piece with no cables.

One end has a standard 3.5mm headphone hack and the other a standard USB connection. By simply connecting it to the only port available on the shuffle and then plugging it into your USB port you can charge up your shuffle on the go.

Monster has this little Shuffle USB adapter priced right at only $14.95 so your only worry will be losing the little guy in your pocket.

Credit: Crave

Macally iPhone Accessories

Posted in Chargers,iPhone Accessories by Chetz on July 18th, 2007

mpouchIf you are looking for accessories to protect your iPhone from scratches, accidental drops and related wear and tear then perhaps one of the new items from Macally is up your alley.

The company has now released several handy iPhone friendly products to help you out and at decent enough prices. The mCase and mSleeve ($19.99) offer two slightly different ways to protect the corners and sides of your iPhone while allowing for ease of accessibility while the mPouch ($19.99, pictured) transforms into two position stand to keep your iPhone upright and always facing you.

With the mClip and mClip-X ($19.99) you can fasten your iPhone to a belt or other item and then twist it in either vertical or horizontal positions. The two Clips can also be used as stands for your phone too so there’s no more need to prop it up against …

Wii Remote Charge Station

Posted in Chargers,Nyko,Wii by Darrin Olson on July 9th, 2007

Wii Remote Charge StationNyko has a new charging accessory that can help prolong your game play with the Nintendo Wii game console. The Charge Station can simultaneously charge two Wii Remotes by simply resting them in the dual charging docks.

The package comes with two rechargeable NiMH batteries that provide up to 25 hours of continuous use, each. Each of the rechargeable batteries for the Wii Remote also have a rubberized coating as Nyko’s way of helping players keep a better grip on their controllers.

Even though this charging station will charge up both batteries at the same time it takes a big eight hours for them to take on a full charge, which seems a little long to us. Of course if you do end up draining both of them after 25 hours of continuous Wii Sports action you’re probably due for at least an eight …

WildCharge Delayed, Pricing and More Details Available

Posted in Chargers,News,WildCharge by Darrin Olson on July 8th, 2007

WildCharge charge pad given more details, delayed launchJuly 7th came and went and we were starting to wonder if WildCharge was going to start taking orders as we had expected, until this we checked out their site this morning. The website underwent some changes and it appears that ordering of the much anticipated wireless charging pad is going to be delayed by a couple weeks. Once the online store is enabled the WildCharge charger will be available only through the company website and will ship “shortly” after ordering.

There were also some more details available from the website about exactly how the wireless charger will work, and with what devices. The Motorola RAZR will be the first product that WildCharge will make an adapter for to allow wireless charging. This requires you to remove the existing back cover of the RAZR and replace it with the WildCharge …

Inflight Power Charges Your Gadgets in Coach

Posted in Chargers,USB by Chris Weber on June 29th, 2007

Inflight Power Recharger uses airplane headphone jackFirst class passengers often are fortunate enough to have an outlet in-flight while the rest of us have to scramble at the terminal looking behind chairs for an open outlet to charge our gadgets between flights. Inflight Power has a charger cable that may even things out a bit.

The Inflight USB Power Unit plugs into the headphone jack available in most coach seats, (now that most don’t use the two little “sound holes” any longer) and makes that electricity available through USB ports on the device. I’m not sure exactly how much juice can come out of the headphone jack, but it can’t be a whole lot. Either way, you can then plug any USB powered gadget into the Inflight Power adapter to charge it up on the go, making those first class seats seem just that much less special.

The Inflight …

Portable Universal Solar Charger from Brando

Posted in Chargers,Solar Powered by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2007

Universal Solar Charger from BrandoBrando has a new portable solar powered charger in their catalog that appears to be a fairly handy device. It measures only 137mm long and weighs a mere 240 grams which makes for a nice and compact fold-out package.

The charger uses solar power to charge up an internal battery that then can be used to power or charge your gadgets. It has a number of adapters from the standard USB output port to fit different types of gadgets, but what’s probably most notable is the fact that you can vary the output voltage to four different settings from 4.5V to 9V to comply with your particular devices circuitry.

If you’re stuck in a place without sun you can also charge the battery up from a standard AC outlet and some LED light indicators show the charge status of the internal battery when …

WildCharge wireless charger to start pre-orders

Posted in Chargers,News,WildCharge by Chris Weber on June 17th, 2007

WildCharge Wireless Charger taking Pre-ordersEver since we’ve learned that wireless charging for consumers is going to be reality with the WildCharge charger, we’ve been impatiently waiting for the July 7th date to be able to order our own. Today it appears that the WildCharge home page has changed slightly, but just enough to communicate that they will be ready to begin taking pre-orders for their wireless charging pad. No word yet on exact price but we’re still with the understanding that it will be “competitive”.

Three in One Cigarette Lighter Adapter, USB Port

Posted in Automotive,Chargers,USB by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2007

3 in 1 car adapter has 3 cigarette lighter adapters and a usb portToo many gadgets and too few sockets. Wait a minute, what am I saying? I guess you can really never have too many gadgets, but when you’re out traveling this summer you can avoid having to take turns charging stuff up with this 3-in-1 car adapter from Brando. It turns a single cigarette lighter adapter into 3, plus it adds a single USB port to charge up some other accessory that you don’t have a car adapter for, all for $20.

WildCharge Wireless Charger Coming July 7th

Posted in Chargers,News,WildCharge by Darrin Olson on June 12th, 2007

Wildcharge wireless charger charges different gadgets without wiresWild is right. The WildCharge device is a small mat which is plugged in and allows you to charge your gadgets by just lying them on it. No longer is wireless charging a concept for sometime in the future as you can actually get your hands on your own WildCharge pad July 7th.

The wireless charging in the WildCharge pad uses something called inductive charging, which is one of three basic ways to charge things wirelessly. Simply by lying your cell phone, PDA, iPod or PSP on the pad it will begin charging just like it was plugged in. The advantage of a device like this is that you don’t have to have a bunch of cords to connect to your devices or need to wonder which goes to what. Forgetting your charger while traveling could also become a non-event if …

MacBook Battery Charger/Conditioner Station

Posted in Chargers,Mac,Newer Technology by Darrin Olson on June 7th, 2007

Battery Charger for the MacBook and MacBook Pro from Newer TechnologySpare batteries for your notebook sure are convenient when your on the road. A coast to coast trip or all day convention and you’ll be glad you had the extra one. The only problem with the an extra battery for the MacBook is that you can’t charge it up unless you had it in the notebook. That is until Newer Technology came to town with their battery charger/conditioner.

The NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station is compatible with a number of Apple systems including different models of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, PowerBook and iBook and aftermarket batteries. The charger has two bays that both charge and one will also “deep condition” to avoid memory issues with Li-Ion batteries and potentially extend the overall life of your battery.

The intelligent part of the ‘Intelligent Battery Charging Station’ is that it …