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September 24, 2016 • Reviews

Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter: Slim, Multi-Featured, and Extremely Handy

The MacBook is one of the most capable (and portable) laptops I’ve ever used, but getting acclimated to its single Type-C port has been an adjustment. Products like the Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter are making the transition much easier.

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September 16, 2016 • Reviews

Ventev Cables and Accessories Are Built for Mobile Life On the Go

Cables that charge and sync our mobile devices are a must. Unfortunately, the cables most companies include with their devices tend to be rather delicate; that’s where Ventev comes in. Ventev offers a number of different cables that can meet all your mobile needs. They get the job done and will last for a good …

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July 28, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

Choetech Car Chargers: Qualcomm Quick Charge and USB Type-C Enabled!

You have a quick charger for your phone in your house, why not have one in your car? With the new Choetech car chargers, you can! Let’s take a look at the 30W Dual USB Car Charger and the 22W USB-C Car Charger; both are handy, fast, and inexpensive.

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB: Retrofit your Type-C Charging Cable When Needed

Here’s an interesting doo-dad in a long line of USB Type-C related products that we’re seeing these days: this one is the Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB, and it allows you to charge your MicroUSB devices from a USB Type-C cable.

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July 19, 2016 • Reviews

MINIX USB Type-C Multiport Adapter with VGA Output: Just What I Needed!

If you have a MacBook, then you’ve probably had at least one time (me – many times!) when you’ve wished you could charge your laptop while also attaching an accessory. Or maybe you’ve wished that you could plug a memory card into your laptop, but alas, there are no card readers. The MINIX USB Type-C Multiport …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

The Satechi 60W Multi-Port USB Charging Station: USB Type-A and Type-C Ports Galore

I finally broke down and bought a MacBook after months of hard-sell from Helena. Being able to carry a full Mac OS X computer that weighs so much less than my 13″ MacBook Pro has been liberating; figuring out how to charge my travel laptop and other devices at the same time has been a …

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November 4, 2015 • Reviews

Anker PowerLine MicroUSB Cables: A Cable That Can Take a Beating!

We all use USB cables. Even if you are an iPhone user, you invariably have a headset or something else that requires the ubiquitous MicroUSB cable. Every cable you have ever had with a device also needs to be replaced because they wear out. Usually at a stress point. That may end today thanks to …

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October 26, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi USB-C to USB Adapter Is a Taste of Future Connectivity

Apple went big when they rolled out their new MacBook. It’s thin, light and looks fantastic. It also eschews traditional connectivity for the new USB-C standard. I have little doubt we will see this type of connectivity on more and more devices but Apple is, once again, forcing new connectivity on consumers. That’s where the …

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May 1, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

The Oneadaptr Twist Plus World Travel Adapter Is the Perfect Power Source

Having just returned from my trip to the IFA Global Press Conference in Malta, I’ll cut to the chase and suggest this to every one of you who is even considering traveling abroad: buy a Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter. Both versions are under $50, and either would make a very thoughtful gift for yourself or your favorite road warrior.

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April 1, 2015 • Crowdfunding, News

Getting the New MacBook but Want More USB Ports? Check Out the InfiniteUSB

If you’re looking forward to getting that new MacBook Apple announced earlier this month, I highly suggest you look into the new InfiniteUSB Kickstarter that will solve one of the laptop’s most disheartening problems.

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March 18, 2015 • News

Anker Astro E7 25600 mAh Anker Battery Promises Many Charges

I have a problem.  No matter what phone or other devices I have with me I never seem to have enough battery life in the device.  That’s why I have more than one Anker battery and was thrilled to see that Anker has a new version of their Astro battery. It has a monstrous capacity …

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February 18, 2015 • Reviews

Leef iBRIDGE Review: Brings Well Designed External Storage to iOS Devices

Judie wrote about the Leef iBRIDGE late last year, and at CES they provided us with a review sample to check out. I love the Leef Bridge USB 3.0 storage solution for Android, and was excited to check out the new iOS external solution. With an odd shape and requiring a special app, it still impresses …

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January 9, 2015 • News

Bracketron Announces Snap2.0 Chargers So You Won’t Need Extreme Power Mode!

I am starting to worry my phone is becoming sentient. See, on a typical day, the battery holds up just fine all day. But if it’s a busy day, that’s when my phone drains the battery like a hungry vampire. Luckily, Bracketron is working on their Snap2.0 chargers, an affordable way to snag fast charging …

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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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May 13, 2014 • Reviews

PNY Turbo 128 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

When it comes to flash memory, I’ve always believed that you get what you pay for. Saving five bucks isn’t worth it if you end up with a slow and balky dud. So when I heard that the PNY Turbo 128 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive was available for under $50, I was skeptical to say the …

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May 7, 2014 • Gear Bits

Towlhub 4 Port USB Charger – with Complimentary Wine Stopper Top

I noticed the Towlhub, a 3-in-one paper towel holder while browsing SkyMall on the flight back from the happiest place on earth. It features  a 4-port USB power , paper towel dispenser, and a hidden wine stopper (which also holds the paper towels); this MacGyver-ish device will set you back $49 –  add  Bluetooth speakers for a total …

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April 7, 2014 • Reviews

Revisiting the Toshiba Transmemory Pro USB Drive’s Security Software

Dan took a look at the Toshiba Transmemory Pro USB drive recently, and after he’d finished with it I had the chance to test out its security features. You can partition and secure parts of the drive to keep private files on it, which is great in theory; the execution, however, left quite a bit to …

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March 30, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews

Secur Dynamo Spotlight Lantern Review

Hopefully the use of emergency lighting is reserved for camping and outdoor activities, but sometimes inclement weather and other events leave us in the dark. Either way, having lighting options with multiple charging possibilities can help keep us safe and comfortable. The Secur Dynamo Spotlight Lantern is a $35 product that will bring light and …

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March 17, 2014 • Gear Bits

Micro USB Data Sync Blocker – Lets You Practice Safe Charging While On The Road

There’s been plenty written about the possible consequences of using a charging/sync cable to connect your smartphone to an unknown power source while on the road. Security-conscious travelers fear their cable could be used for illicit purposes by a jerry-rigged charging port which secretly pulls data from their phone while it is charging. Enter the Data …

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March 16, 2014 • Reviews

Let There Be Light! Lighthouse 250 Lantern Review

Natural disaster, zombie apocalypse or simply a camping trip. There are plenty of reasons to need a lantern that does not require electricity to work. The GoalZero Lighthouse 250 is a $79.99 USB rechargeable lantern. With three charging options and an integrated USB port, you will not be left in the dark and can charge your phone in an emergency.The Lighthouse 250 is a rechargeable lantern and USB hub all rolled into one. The lantern is adjustable up to 250 lumens which will easily light up a large area considering the small size of the product. Turn the small green nob to the right and both lights adjust from dim all the way to “Turbo” which will provide 360 degrees and the full 250 lumens of light. Turning the nob to the left utilizes one light in the same manner and is perfect if using while walking or against a wall. I will assume this mode will only use about half of the battery, while still providing plenty of light. A metal handle allows the lantern to be carried while foldable legs allow users to set the light up higher. The red triangle button turns on red blinking lights from the top of the lantern to be used in emergencies. While the red lights are not terribly bright, they would get someone’s attention in a dark emergency situation.So, the Lighthouse 250 is a great light for camping, hunting or power outages, but there are other cool features. The lantern charges via USB which is actually built into the unit. I absolutely love that there is no need to keep up with yet another charging cable. Simply plug it into any USB charging source, including solar panels, and you will never be without light. For a situation where no electricity is available, a hand crank is included in the top of the lantern that will charge the battery. One minute of crank will provide approximately 10 minutes of light.

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January 15, 2014 • Gear Bits

Leef Introduces Bridge 3.0, the First 3.0 USB for Android File Sharing

While much of our communications has become wireless, sometimes we still need to move files from one place to another – and it is often a pain! Those drivers didn’t install correctly, you forgot the cable, or whatever. And you are stuck trying to use SOMETHING to get your files from your phone to your …

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