Having lots of devices can be fun, but it’s a pain when you run out of juice. I’ve had to scramble to find a power plug more than once, and the external battery that I have usually doesn’t last that long.
Do you leave your phone on the kitchen table a lot? If you do, then you’ll be pleased to know that it won’t just be sitting there idly, thanks to a collaboration between DuPont Building Innovations and the Power Matters Alliance.
No matter what smartphone you have, at some point in time, even if you’ve got a 2,300 mAh battery, you’ll end up needing a juice up. While there are plenty of battery cases available, these kinds of products quickly become obsolete once the format of your smartphone changes.
Stands and charging stations tend to look alike, because they are designed to do similar things, which is why when I see a unique solution to stash my computer or tablet, I’m always interested. The Desktop Chair is definitely a distinctive way of charging up your gear.
Bicycle lights generally use battery or solar-powered LEDs these days, not bike dynamos like in the 1980s. That doesn’t mean that these types of tiny power stations aren’t still useful. I’ve seen a couple of different ones allowing you to charge up your devices simply by pedaling a bit more.
This conveniently-sized 30-pin to USB connector is no thicker than a credit card but will allow you to hook your precious iPhone up to any computer for a quick juice up. I’d like it even more if it had a built in battery though.
How many mobile devices do you need to charge up every day? The answer is probably more than one, as most of us carry between 2 to 4 devices with us these days. Quirky’s new docking station takes care of juicing up to four devices at once.
We’ve already seen a charge and sync cable that works exactly the same way as this one. But if you’re not confident about the quality or the retailer of that other cable then yes, you will love DualJack.
While my iPad rarely runs out of juice, it’s becoming more of a problem for my iPhone. Nevertheless, if your iPad seems to suck on a lot of power, then check out the Kudocase, which is a solar-charging face and stand for iPad 2, as well as the new 3rd generation iPad.
Many third-party portable batteries or chargers come with adapters or detachable tips so that they can be used for different devices. But if you only need a cable to sync and charge your diverse array of gadgets by plugging them to your computer, check out this clever and elegant solution from USB Fever.
We’ve featured a backpack with solar panels for charging gadgets, perfect for people on the go and those who enjoy the outdoors. This handbag from Danish design company Diffus is perfect for everyday use. It may not be much at first glance, until you realize that it not only does it have solar panels, the panels are the centerpiece of the bag’s design, yet the bag doesn’t look like a science experiment or a prototype.
Ralph Lauren just released a water-resistant backpack that has a solar panel in the back to charge-up your gadgets while you are walking around. The Ralph Lauren Solar Backpack is part of the RLX line, made in partnership with O-Range.
The TruePower UCS Power Outlet With Built in USB Ports is truly a stroke of genius. Most of today’s gadgets charge via USB ports and this bad boy comes with not one but two of them to handle all your charging needs, all while still holding the standard outlet.
Monster hasn’t had a great year, what with their fake performance tests and their un-endorsements. But that doesn’t mean that the company is 100% crap. Take their Outlets To Go power strip with USB port for example.