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Goal Zero SHERPA 100PD Power Bank Review: It Saved the Day When the Power Was Out

A storm some weeks ago left us in the cold, literally. We had no idea how long the power would be out, but my wife and I still needed to work. Thankfully, we’d been sent the Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Power Bank and Yeti 200X Portable Power Station for us to check out; these power sources kept our phones, tablets, and computers going until our electricity returned.





2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Staying at Home During the Pandemic Edition

This Holiday Season will be unlike any we have previously experienced, and gift-giving will be too. After all, people feel the financial pinch and, many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever. Here are some of the items that might make meaningful and practical gifts this year. You might see something for you, too!


Fast-Charge Your Portable Gear with the Latest Aukey Power Banks

It’s stressful to be out and about and then suddenly realize that your smartphone’s battery is about to die. You can keep that from happening with one of the latest Aukey power banks. Each of these delivers up to 18W of power with PD 3.0 output (USB Type-C) and Quick Charge 3.0 output (USB Type-A), and they’ll work with all of your portable gear.


The 20W Anker Power Port III Nano Is the Ultra-Small Charger You’ll Need to Complete Your iPhone 12 Charging Survival Kit

Word on the street is that Apple won’t be including a wall charger with their new iPhone 12 devices, but they’ll likely be selling an optional new 20W fast-charger. iPhone 12 buyers now have a choice to make: spend at least $30 on an Apple-branded 20W block, or take a look at the less expensive offerings from other companies. If you want one of the smallest fast-chargers available without paying Apple prices, a great choice would be the 20W Anker Power Port III Nano.





Gear Diary’s Father’s Day 2020 Gift Guide

June 21st is Father’s Day. Let that sink in for a moment; we are already halfway through 2020. While it may seem like this has been the longest year ever, there are still six more months just waiting to spring their surprises on us — which is all the more reason to take a minute, slow down, and celebrate the fathers in our lives.




The Aukey Omnia 65W Fast-Charge USB-C Dual Port Charger Is Tiny and Powerful

I’ll never understand why chargers with only one USB port are sold. 9 times out of 10, if you’re charging your laptop, you’ll want to top-off your phone as well. And since many modern laptops only include one Type-C port, you’re SOL unless you have a separate charger. With the Aukey Omnia 65W Fast Charge USB-C Dual Port Charger, that’s not an issue.


10,050mAh MyCharge Hub Turbo Is an All-You-Need All-in-One Battery Pack

Greg recently reviewed the 6,700mAh myCharge Hub Turbo portable battery pack. He describes it as the “Swiss Army Knife of Portable Battery life.” MyCharge recently sent Judie and me the 10,050mAh MyCharge Hub Turbo, and we are pleased to report that Greg was more than correct in his description and, perhaps, even a bit understated; it is a fantastic external battery.



Nomad Base Station Stand Offers Convenient Power When You Need It

A few weeks ago, I shared the news that our friends at Nomad had released a new wireless charging stand. The Nomad Base Station Stand is a premium wireless charger whose thoughtful design and premium features make it stand out in an ever-more crowded market. Now that I have one in and I can share some of my personal impressions.