Elgato Makes Smart Charger for Your SmartPhone

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on September 2nd, 2014

Elgato Smart Power ChargerElgato has released a smart charger to go along with your smart phone with the Smart Power portable charger. This portable charger will connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth and an iOS app and provide information on the portable charger’s status whereabouts.

The actually charging still happens through a USB cord and the Smart Power holds enough juice to charge or iPhone 3 times. It can also charge other mobile devices with a USB connection. What sets this product apart is that it lets you know how much battery is left in it through the iOS app interface and will give you a reminder to plug it in and charge it up before you go places. Given access, the app can also be integrated with your calendar to identify busy days that you would be reminded to bring the portable charger along.

Chinavision’s Affordable Solar Power Bank

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Chinavision Solar Power Bank ChargerIf you’ve ever wanted to take advantage of a solar charger without breaking the bank, Chinavision has a deal going with an affordable 4500mAh solar power bank. The charger is a mere 4 tall, 2 inches wide, and only half an inch thick.

In addition to its ability to be fully charged by the sun in 4-5 hours, it can also be charged directly from the wall if needed, as well. It has a standard and a mini USB port with 4 adapters for different phone types, but new iPhone owners will need to bring their own Lightning cord.

The solar chargers goes for around $18 USD, or less if you buy more.

Chinavision via TechFresh

Pebble’s Aria Charger Speaker Combo

Posted in Accessories by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Pebble Aria Speaker ChargerIt seems that regardless of the model, if you use your smartphone with its full smartphone capabilities all day long, you’re going battery is not going to make it through the day. There are a multitude of chargers available on the market to aid in this task, with one of those being the Pebble Aria.

This small, portable device carries a 3500mAh battery with enough juice to charge most phones a couple of times, but the Aria also comes with another significant feature. It has a built-in speaker that can run on its own for up to 70 hours. The speaker is not wireless however, undoubtedly saving on power, and connects with a standard 3.5mm jack. The charger works through a standard USB connection.

The Pebble Aria is available now and can be picked up for a little under …

Hands On: Griffin Simplifi dock/charger/reader/hub

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on November 18th, 2008

Griffin Simplifi iPod dock and charger, card reader and USB hubWe got a chance to get our hands on Griffin’s new Simplifi desktop device recently and we feel they really got the name right on this one. The Simplifi is a small Swiss Army Knife of accessories packed into a smooth silver box that adds some convenience and maybe even a touch of sophistication to your desk.

For starters, the device is a dock and charger for your Apple iPhone and/or iPod. It has the docking port right on top and comes with little plastic adapters to custom fit every iPod ever made with a docking port. However, if you happen to have the iPhone 3G you might want to check the box for a 3G sticker. The original product does not come with a 3G port adapter (not that you necessarily need it for the dock to …

Nintendo DS Lite charging dock

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on May 16th, 2008

Charging dock for the Nintendo DS LiteFor some reason it just seems nicer to me when I have some type of cradle, dock or stand to charge my gadgets with instead of just a cord and naturally we were excited to see this charging stand for the Nintendo DS Lite. Sure the docks take up more room on my desk and are difficult to take along when you travel, but with them each items has their own neat and special place.

This stand looks to take up a little less space then it could, holding the DS upright on its side instead of flat. It comes in colors of black or white to match the black and white DS’s, and is expected to be available from PlayAsia sometime yet this month for just under $17 USD.

Kensington launches iPhone/iPod battery pack/charger

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2008

Kensington iPhone and iPod battery pack and charger extends the life of your iPhone or iPodKensington unveiled a couple of new battery pack/charger combos on Monday for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPods. They didn’t waste any time thinking up snappy names in this case however as the two new products simply go by “Battery Pack and Charger” and “Mini Battery Pack and Charger”. Both work with the iPhone and any current iPod models (except the 3rd generation iPod).

The larger of the two retails for $69.99 and measures not a lot smaller than the iPhone itself at 4.0″L X 0.37″H X 2.2″W, but promises to extend the life of the iPhone for up to 6 hours of talk time, 100 hours of music or 21 hours of video. It charges through a USB connection and can connect to the iPhone or an iPod through the dock port, powering and charging it simultaneously. It also sports a cool looking little LED battery meter.

iHome lamp docks and charges your iPod

Posted in iHome by Shane McGlaun on April 4th, 2008

iHome lampEverywhere you look the proof of how successful the Apple iPod is abounds. It seems like everything is getting its own docking slot for an iPod. We have iPod clocks, iPod toilets, iPod stereos and the list goes on. 1000 years from now when researchers look back on this decade they will think we all needed help getting a woody and everyone needed a place to dock their iPod.

Naturally a new iPod docking device has turned up, this time in the form of a lamp. A company called Checkolite has a new iPod compatible, docking lamp for your desk. There are three lamp models that are available in black or white colors.

Lenovo unveils slim combo power charger

Posted in Chargers by Nino Marchetti on February 8th, 2008

lenovo-cadapter.jpgComputer company Lenovo this week introduced a new 90w AC/DC combo adapter for those who need to charge more than one device at once. This new adapter – the 41N8460 – is priced at around $120.

This Lenovo ThinkPad and IdeaPad 90W slim AC/DC combo adapter is designed to charge either a Lenovo laptop or other electronic devices like mobile phones, PDAs and other mobile music devices with the use of optional connector tips. The adapter is also quite slim, with Lenovo saying it is roughly the size of a deck of playing cards.

Incase 2-in-1 car and wall charger

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on February 6th, 2008

Incase 2-in-1 auto and wall charger for the iPhone and iPodYou just have to love these gadgets that seem so simple and are so handy. InCase launched a new 2-in-1 charger for Apple’s iPhone and iPods which doubles as a wall charger and a car charger.

The Incase 2-in-1 Wall & Car charger has the connectors to connect to a wall outlet, which can then fold out-of-site when you want to transport it or instead use the cigarette lighter adapter for charging up your iPhone in your car. No more need for carrying two chargers around when you travel.

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Solio’s new charger offers double the power fun

Posted in CES 2008,Chargers,Solar Powered by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Solio MagnesiumBetter Energy Systems, the company behind the eco-friendly Solio Classic hybrid (solar/wall socket) handheld electronics charger, is at CES with a new charger it says packs almost double the power of the original. It’s called the Solio Magnesium and it is being priced at around $200.

The Solio Magnesium is capable of fully charging a cell phone approximately three times. It “combines efficient solar cells, a powerful internal battery, and a rugged, environmentally friendly magnesium alloy shell.” Compatibility exists with the iGo tip system for supporting the charging of multiple types of devices and includes a female USB for an iPod.