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Review: XD Design's Window and Port Solar Chargers

By - March 1, 2013 15 Pictures
This time last year, we covered an interesting new solar charger that sought to avoid troublesome shadows from window frames, potted plants and household ornaments by sticking to the glass of the window itself. The Window Solar Charger from XD Design has now been joined by a new, slightly less capacious sibling called the Port Solar Charger, and I've been given the chance to take both for a test drive. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Magnetyze smartphone charger swaps cords for magnets

By - January 10, 2013 6 Pictures
Phone chargers may not be way up there on peoples’ lists of troublesome devices, but if the things can be made simpler ... hey, why not? BuQu Tech’s new Magnetyze system attempts to do just that, with a magnetic case/charger combo. Users just place their Magentyze case-clad smartphone near the slab-like desktop charging platform, and it will be magnetically sucked into place and charged up – no cords need to be plugged in. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Apple changes MFi policy in response to POP charger Kickstarter campaign

By - December 26, 2012 5 Pictures
Last week, after Apple pulled the plug on the POP multi-device charging station crowdfunding campaign, the device was set to claim the dubious honor of becoming the largest refund from a Kickstarter project to date. After exceeding its funding goal almost three times over, Apple informed the device’s creator, James Siminoff, that its licensing rules wouldn’t allow a device that featured both Lightning and 30-pin adapters. Apple says it has now reviewed its specifications, possibly giving POP the green light. Read More
— Around The Home

electree+ bonsai solar charger combines form and function

By - November 27, 2012 8 Pictures
Sitting somewhere between the "solar trees" erected on parking garages at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) and the nanotrees developed on the same campus, the electree+ is a sculptural bonsai tree with 27 solar cells for "leaves." The tree's branches can be adjusted to catch the rays just right, and its internal battery will store enough electricity to charge an iPhone5 nine times over, a Galaxy S3 seven times, or an iPad 2 twice. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Transforming Phorce bag charges mobile devices and MacBooks

By - November 20, 2012 13 Pictures
Some people prefer to use a backpack, others like the simplicity of a briefcase, and some people like the hybrid look of a messenger bag. Others, at one point or another, could make use of all three. The proposed Phorce bag switches between these three form factors, and also packs a battery that allows it to charge most mobile devices via USB, and with a more costly option, it can even top up a MacBook. Read More
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