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April 17, 2015 • Crowdfunding

Uiee is the World’s Smallest, Stylish Portable Charger

You can never have enough charge for your device, no matter what anyone tells you. Having a decent battery life on the go is a necessity these days now that phones seem to get larger and more powerful. Luckily thanks to Kickstarter, there’s a new all-in-one charger that will make sure you never have a …

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April 14, 2015 • News

Juicies is Back on Kickstarter with Their XL and XS Juicies+ USB Cables

Juicies is back on Kickstarter again, this time for their Extra-Long and Extra-Short Juicies+ USB cables. These lightning or microUSB charging cables are tangle-proof, the ends are made of anodized aluminum, and have extended stress relief to prevent cable tears. You can pledge today to receive an XS (1 foot) or XL (10 feet) starting …

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March 16, 2015 • Travel

Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter Handles Your Overseas Device Charging

Are you traveling overseas and thinking about the adapters you’ll need to pack? I just got back from Barcelona, and in my bag I had at least four adapters, a six slot charging strip, and several USB chargers to plug into the adapters. I wish I’d had the new Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter; it could have …

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February 20, 2015 • Reviews

NEET Cable Keeper Review: Organize and Color Code Your Cables

Give your wires a protective covering this winter with the NEET Cable Keeper. This organizing cable cover/keeper protects and identifies your wires complete with a durable, easy installation.

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January 18, 2015 • Reviews

The Phorce Freedom Laptop Bag: Power on the Move!

It’s not that uncommon for us to review laptop bags that retail for $150+ and to add our own extended battery packs to the mix, but the $199 Phorce Freedom is the first we’ve reviewed that came with its own built-in 15,000 mAh power source. Why should you get this bag instead of creating your own with …

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January 15, 2015 • Gear Bits

ZEROHOUR RELIC XR Tactical LED Flashlight is a Kickstarter Superstar

Reaching its Kickstarter goal in 16 hours, ZEROHOUR‘s RELIC XR Tactical LED Flashlight was quite literally, an overnight success.  This kickass-looking device is a USB rechargeable flashlight and waterproof battery backup in one.  Not only is this flashlight waterproof, it’s constructed with aircraft aluminum.  There’s still time to pledge at least $120 to secure your own at …

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January 10, 2015 • News

Goal Zero Yeti Generators Are Ready for Your Next Disaster!

We’ve covered some of Goal Zero’s smaller hand-cranked solar devices, which are great in emergencies, but there are times when you need stronger power generation that can possibly even keep your fridge running! Goal Zero Yeti generators come in multiple sizes, and they can be left plugged in until needed — or they can be recharged …

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December 27, 2014 • Reviews

Incipio offGRID 6000mAh Portable External Battery

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the Incipio offGRID 6000mAh Portable External Battery. It is a small, light but powerful backup battery that is designed to keep your devices charged on the go. Better still, thanks to its simple, dual-USB ports, the device will charge two devices on the go …

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December 22, 2014 • Reviews

Monster Mobile PowerCard Turbo Portable External Battery

Monster Mobile describes their PowerCard Turbo external battery as “The Universal Smartphone Charger.” And while I’m not sure I would call it “THE” universal smartphones charger, it certainly holds its own thanks to its small size and built-in 3350mAh battery.

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December 20, 2014 • Reviews

Anker’s Astro 6400mAh External Battery Is a Slam Dunk

Anker’s new 2nd Generation Astro External Battery may be one of the smartest external batteries that I’ve ever used. It’s PowerIQ USB port recognizes the power requirements of your specific device and sends just the right amount of power at just the right speed for that device. The 6400mAh capacity Astro External Battery retails for …

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December 20, 2014 • Reviews

Guardian Angel Outlet Review: Protect Your Children

Make electricity safe this holiday season. The Guardian Angel Outlet protects users, particularly young ones, by going beyond simply putting plastic plugs in regular electrical outlets for safety. This easy-to-install outlet temporarily shutting down the electricity using “smart”, “capacitive sensing” technology when potential danger is near while still supplying electricity through the outlet.

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December 6, 2014 • News

D-Link Is Giving Away WiFi Smart Plugs for the Holidays

As everyone prepares for the holidays, one thing that many of us like to do is put lights. Something that would be smart to add to those preparations is a way to help control those lights as well as measure how much energy they take. Well, D-Link aims to make your holiday light display safer and greener with their giveaway.

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November 29, 2014 • Reviews

Velvetwire Powerslayer Kit Review: Beautiful and Smart Charging Solution

I’ve got a tendency to leave my phone plugged in when home, and while that isn’t necessarily bad for today’s Li-Ion batteries, it’s kind of wasteful to use a charger that is trying to continuously supply power to a battery that has already been topped off. I was recently sent a Velvetwire Powerslayer Kit, and it solves the problem …

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November 20, 2014 • Reviews

Goal Zero Torch 250 USB Power Hub and Flashlight Review: A Smarter Light

I seem to have been on a disaster-prep kick lately, and that’s a good thing considering that unforeseen events can happen at any time. It’s smart to plan ahead, be prepared, and keep gear that can power itself and other devices ready for when it’s needed. The latest tool in my arsenal is the Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight.

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November 17, 2014 • Reviews

TP-LINK 10400mAh Power Bank External Battery Review

If you have a mobile phone, then power management is something that just goes with the territory. Even the new iPhones and Sony Xperias with their larger batteries will still have their moments of inexplicable drains; it’s better to be safe than sorry, so just plan ahead and carry an extended battery pack like the TP-LINK 10400mAh …

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November 16, 2014 • Reviews

Slive-4U Self-Powered AM/FM/WB Radio with Flashlight & Phone Charger Review

Kev has a small hand-cranked emergency flashlight; I reviewed it years ago, and it has become an inside joke how he won’t travel without it. At least he’s always prepared! It took just one look at the Slive-4U Self-Powered AM/FM/WB Radio with Flashlight & Phone Charger for Kev to say he wanted it if it really works.

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November 6, 2014 • News

You’ll Never Run Out of Memory Again If You Have the Leef iBRIDGE

I thought upgrading to a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus from a 64GB iPhone 5S would solve my constant struggle to balance music, photos, and apps with my device’s available memory, yet I’ve managed to hit a wall. I’ve actually seen the dreaded out of memory warning already; once I get the Leef iBRIDGE, it will no longer be a problem.

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November 5, 2014 • Reviews

CHOETECH 50 Watt 6 Port Desktop Charger with Smart Technology Review

If you have multiple devices to keep charged such as a smartphone or two, a tablet, an eReader and a pair of wireless headphones you will love the CHOETECH 50 Watt 6 Port Desktop Charger. One device will keep you going all day and night and, best of all, it is available on Amazon at …

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October 30, 2014 • Reviews

Incipio offGRID Backup Battery LED

I’m hesitant to describe the Incipio offGRID Portable Backup Battery 4000mAh as “cute” but it’s actually kind of cute… for an external backup battery. The bright colors, soft-touch material and cable-holder come together in a rather attractive way. Add in the accessible price of $49.99 and you have an impressive way to stay charged on …

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October 24, 2014 • Reviews

Anker Astro Mini 3200 External Battery Review: Power in a Tube!

I’ve written about many external battery packs that hold 9,000mAh or more, but I haven’t covered much in the sub-5000mAh area, and that’s a shame. If I’m going out for the evening, I’ll inevitably need a boost, but I won’t want to carry a bulky battery pack; that’s where the lipstick-sized Anker Astro Mini comes in. It’s evening bag friendly.

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October 23, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

The TravelBuddy Is a Tiny Travel Charger Without Cables

If you want the smallest iPhone and iPad travel charger possible, and you don’t want to fool with cables, then the TravelBuddy is going to be your perfect solution. This compact wall charger makes it possible for you to plug-in anywhere and charge your iOS device. For as little as $30 you can get in on this Kickstarter project. …

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