Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

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The Blue Freedom brings hydropower to your backpack

The all-new Blue Freedom kit offers yet another alternative to solar panels, fuel cells, muscle-powered dynamos, wind turbines, AC-charged back-up batteries and other portable power solutions. "The world's smallest hydropower plant" transforms the power of running water into phone chatting, internet browsing, music listening, GPS navigating and other mobile device activities, and it does so from a package built to fit in a backpack.  Read More

FlexCharger features wireless charging, two cables, a dock and a USB 3.0 port

Charging devices is, for many people, just a part of their daily routine. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, portable game consoles, and all kinds of other devices that need some juice. With that in mind, there's no shortage of devices that aim to make charging easier and more efficient. A new player in the game is the FlexCharger, a versatile device that can charge five things at one time – and it does it in style.  Read More

The PWR Case features power prongs on the back for easy charging

There's no shortage of phone cases with a built-in battery. A new one needs to do something interesting to stand out. In some cases this is done with a more powerful battery, or a smaller form factor, but in the case of the PWR Case, the new feature is a different method of keeping the case itself charged.  Read More

Sparrow is able to serve as both USB charger and flash drive – and can live on your key ch...

We live in a world where everyone has a device that they need to charge, and often times, the need to charge happens when away from the comforts of home. Not many people want to carry around a charger cable everywhere they go, and that's where more portable options like Symlis' Sparrow portable cable comes into play. It folds up, charges devices through USB, and even has a flash drive attached.  Read More

kraftwerk runs on gas and promises to recharge an iPhone up to 11 times before needing a r...

Battery packs like the iCruiser are handy for recharging mobile devices off-the-grid, but they soon run out of juice, which isn't ideal if you'll be away from mains power for an extended period of time. You could go solar with a device like the Waka Waka, but then there's the worry of getting enough rays. Another option may be on the way in the form of kraftwerk: a prototype fuel cell power pack for USB-powered devices that runs from gas canisters and promises to charge an iPhone up to 11 times before needing a refill.  Read More

The Upp hydrogen fuel cell mobile charger

Portable hydrogen-powered fuel cell chargers, such as the Horizon MiniPak, have been around for a few years now. The Upp ups the capacity offering 25 Wh and works in conjunction with an companion app that provides device info and details of locations to find new cartridges.  Read More

The Smartbag is fully wired for gadget charging

Backpacks with integrated chargers – take the Timbuk2 Power Commute and TYLT Energi+ – aren't new, but start-up AMPL Labs believes it's taken the next step in what it's calling the world's smartest backpack. Not only does the Smartbag include an integrated charging port in every pocket, it lets you monitor and control the process from your smartphone.  Read More

Standzout's Bandstand on display at CES, with a mock-up Apple Watch (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Giz...

The Apple Watch may not be in stores just yet, but that isn't stopping various companies from designing accessories for it. We spotted one such product at CES this week – Standzout's aluminum-bodied Bandstand inductive charging stand.  Read More

Peri Duo is a speaker and battery case for the iPhone

A new iPhone add-on devised by California-based company Peri aims to give iPhone users a double whammy: more battery power and sound volume, all for less cash. Called Peri Duo, it comes in the form of a case that integrates a speaker system and a 2,500-mAh battery. When detached from the phone, it becomes a speaker whose aural power is strong enough to disturb the neighbors.  Read More

The Power Pen can work as a pen, stylus or a 700 mAh backup battery for your phone

The choices abound when it comes to external charging solutions these days, but one idea we haven’t come across, at least not in the era of today’s smartphone, is a writing pen with a backup battery packed inside.  Read More

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