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Charging

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

Juno Power claims its new Jumpr is the smallest car jump starter in the world

Juno Power's new Jumpr is small enough to fit in a glove compartment, and light enough to carry in a coat pocket or backpack, but is claimed capable of jump-starting a car. And it can charge your smartphone, too.  Read More

Designed by Designworks USA, the solar carport was developed to not only be aesthetically ...

BMW Group DesignworksUSA has designed a solar carport to house its new i3 and forthcoming i8 electric vehicles. BMW is revealing the one-car solar garage concept as part of the official media launch of the i8 in Los Angeles.  Read More

TwistVolt with multiple devices plugged in

Power strips are very functional devices that allow people to expand the capabilities of an outlet by plugging in more stuff. However, most are not pretty, designed with function over form. TwistVolt is aiming to fix that, but offering a device that offers just as much functionality as a traditional power strip, but with a form that looks more like a piece of modern art than a device designed to simply offer some extra outlets.  Read More

Israeli startup StoreDot has showcased a prototype of a new smartphone battery that can re...

Today at Microsoft’s Think Next symposium in Tel Aviv, Israeli startup StoreDot has demonstrated the prototype of a nanodot-based smartphone battery it claims can fully charge in just under 30 seconds. With the company having plans for mass production, this technology could change the way we interact with portable electronics, and perhaps even help realize the dream of a fast-charging electric car.  Read More

The BuffaloGrid is a solar charging hub for mobile phones

Mobile phones have proven invaluable for connecting communities in developing countries where there is no wired telecoms infrastructure. Often, however, there is no electricity infrastructure either, making device charging problematic. BuffaloGrid solves this by providing solar charging hubs to communities, and sharing its profits.  Read More

AeroVironment's TurboCord works with 120-volt and 240-volt outlets

With the increasing popularity of electric and hybrid electric vehicles, some employers have come to the party and installed charging stations for their employees. Now AeroVironment has released its TurboCord, which allows businesses to provide faster EV charging by simply installing NEMA 6-20R 240-volt outlets, rather than going to the expense of providing dedicated charging units.  Read More

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