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The Ultrapack Go (left) and Petalite Flux (not to scale) can suck in enough power for a fu...

As our dependence on the smartphone has grown, there's been plenty said about the battery life of said devices. Thankfully, external charging solutions provide a way to keep powered up and now there are two that are laying claim to being the quickest of them all. Both the Unu Ultrapack Go and Petalite Flux are pocket-sized portable batteries promising power enough for a day's smartphone use from a 15 minute charge.  Read More

The KettleCharge works with BioLite's CampStove and other camping stoves

BioLite has introduced some innovative, multifunctional camping chargers in the past, including its CampStove and BaseCamp wood-fire stove/chargers. Its latest product is designed to work with existing camp stoves to produce twice the power of its other designs – enough to charge gadgets as large as tablets.  Read More

Tesla's new Model III will join the Model S (pictured) and Model X in Tesla's stable of al...

Details have emerged of a new baby all-electric that Tesla plans to add to its stable. Although we have only been able to confirm a 2017 release date with Tesla, the company's CEO Elon Musk has been quoted as saying that the Tesla Model 3 will be based on a new platform and retail for around US$35,000.  Read More

The BMW charging system uses a primary coil in the floor and a secondary coil in the car

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may be green and sustainable, but that doesn't mean much if you forget to plug them in the night before. To overcome this frustrating morning surprise, BMW Group is developing a new generation of wireless inductive charger technology that’s comparable in speed to cables, but requires no more effort than parking and pressing a button.  Read More

The Soofa bench is the creation of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off compan...

A number of parks in the Boston area will soon receive solar-powered smart benches, courtesy of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off company. Dubbed Soofa, the benches sport a solar panel, a pair of charging points for smartphones (or similar devices), and they monitor environmental data such as local air quality and noise pollution.  Read More

Made from ceramic and American Walnut, Swich uses micro-suction caps to hold your phone in...

While we've seen many notable wireless charging innovations of late, sometimes a little elegance can be all it takes to stand out from the crowd. Slovenian-based Lutman Design has developed Swich, a functional wireless charging stand made from sustainable materials, with a stylish design inspired by crashing ocean waves.  Read More

The Thinium Charge with its Lightning plug and USB dongle extended

Nobody likes tangled, kinked cables, but you know what they do like? Credit card-sized devices, that they can keep in their wallet. Well, Thinium’s new Charge is a credit card-format smartphone wall charger, that does away with cables.  Read More

Go Kin packs are designed to generate energy from your walk

The market for portable gadget chargers is bulging. While grid-fed chargers like the LithiumCard are ample for use around town, things get more complicated when you venture off the grid. A new backpack cuts reliance on external power sources, harvesting energy from something much more reliably available … you.  Read More

A nationwide rollout will see every Starbucks store in the US fitted with wireless chargin...

You might already be used to dropping into Starbucks to recharge your batteries, but now the ubiquitous caffeine merchant is looking to power more than just your mental energy. Today it announced plans to install wireless charging mats in every one of its US stores, meaning searching under tables and chairs for that elusive power outlet could become a thing of the past.  Read More

The Magic Phone Stand seems to make your smartphone appear as if it's floating in mid-air

There are many smartphone stands on the market already, so getting our attention is pretty tough. The Magic Phone Stand has done just that, though, with a mount that makes your device appear as if it's floating in mid-air.  Read More

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