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Zap&Go Portable Charger Fills Up In Just 5 Minutes

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Here’s the scenario: you’ve got a tiny 20 minute wait time between flights, your phone is dead and you want to play Candy Crush real bad on your next flight. Normally, you’d find a plug and squeeze in maybe an extra 15% of battery life before it’s time to go. But if you’re carrying the Zap&Go, you have a shot at filling it up all the way. See, the Zap&Go charger gets topped up in just 5 minutes! It contains a 1,500 mAh supercapacitor, itself mostly made up of graphene instead of the more typical aluminum. This, coupled with a special power supply that funnels power in much faster, means that you could top-up the Zap&Go, then use that to recharge your mobile device at a more leisurely rate later on (since it won’t charge as fast, no matter what).

Currently a prototype only, it is undergoing a crowdfunding campaign with hopes of delivery in October 2015, a full year from now. A $99 pledge will secure you one.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Chargerito Is The World’s Smallest Phone Charger

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Claims to be the “world’s smallest” anything tend to be taken with a grain of salt around these parts. Looking at the Chargerito, however, it’s really hard to imagine the company being wrong in claiming to have developed the world’s smallest phone charger. Just look at the thing. It measures 2.1″ x 1.3″, which is about the size of a standard car key fob. You can just toss this in your pocket and feel the reassurance of knowing that you’ll be able to top up your battery pretty much anywhere you go.

Chargerito is a $19 pre-order, and comes in Apple’s Lightning cable version or Micro-USB.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Deal Of The Day: 22% Off On PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case

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We’re making great technologic strides in many fronts, but batteries, as much as they’ve improved over the years, still lag behind. It’s hard to get through an entire day with an iPhone without plugging it in, so as long as you don’t mind the extra bulk, cases like the PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case are a godsend. While it does add an extra few millimetres of width, it does pack 2,100mAh, which is enough to charge an iPhone 5/5S 1.25 times over. The output is a healthy 1A, which means you can get a full charge in 2 hours. Yes, all the other functions are still accessible, and the high quality metallic rubber composite material provides ample protection for your device. Normally costing $90, you’ll have to spend all of $69 to get this through this deal.

[ 22% Off On PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case ]

Power Up Your Gadgets With Your Power Tool’s Batteries

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Ever find yourself on a job site with a low battery in your phone, and no working outlet anywhere? If you have the PoweriSite in your pocket, there’s still hope for you. Plug it into the batteries that power your cordless tools, and plug a USB charger right into it. Just like that, you’ll be ready to make calls again in no time. It’s $18 on pre-order with delivery later this year.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

The iPad Charging Floor Stand Will Help You Use Your Tablet Without Holding It In Your Hands

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This creative iPad Charging Floor Stand will make sure you don’t have to hold your tablet, and still get it in a position where you can comfortably use the tablet, especially when you are in bed reading, following recipes in the kitchen, or for any other reason. Interestingly, it’s not just the iPad, the charging stand supports any tablet between 7-10 inches. All you need to do is place the tablet in the tension brackets holder, adjust the mounting arm to a comfortable position and you’re good to go. The stand does not only hold your iPad, it keeps it charged as well. There’s a USB port at the base of the stand, which can charge your tablet with the device’s power cable. Do note that you have to use your owner charging cable as it doesn’t come with the stand. If this is something you want, you have to shell out $99.95 for this iPad Charging Floor Stand.

[Product Page] via [TheGreenHead]

NewTrent PowerPack Ultra Comes With A Massive 14,000 mAh Battery

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External and high capacity batteries are becoming popular these days. Users with heavy usage either carry a spare battery, if their handset comes with a removable one, while other prefer to use cases with external battery or a battery pack that can help them charge their devices. If you’re looking for a powerful and durable external battery pack, take a look at NewTrent’s PowerPack Ultra. This beastie comes with a massive 14,000 mAh battery, which is more than enough to charge a smartphone up to six times. The battery pack has dual USB ports, with one carrying 2.1A while the other one comes with 1A, which can be used to charge smartphones. NewTrent guarantees that PowerPack Ultra can survive 500 charge cycles, which is pretty amazing. The battery pack is water-resistant and requires almost 12 hours for a full charge. PowerPack Ultra comes with a $69.95 price tag and can be purchased from the product page link below.

[Product Page] via [Slashgear]

ThingCHARGER Is A Smart Charger

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This charger is smart, but not smart in the way the word is normally used in tech circles. It’s a smartly designed wall outlet that plugs right into your existing one, but features an interchangeable tip on its top surface that lets you to charge any mobile device you want, while still keeping both plugs free for other things. It stores up to three different tips in recessed areas at the back. Better yet, you can daisy-chain a few ThingCHARGERs and juice up several gadgets at once. There are no wires to mess around with, and there are two regular USB outlets at the bottom, just in case the tip isn’t enough.

They’ve blown through their crowdfunding goals already, with $29 pledges pouring in by the thousands. A Lightning connector tip is an extra $9.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Can Keep You Off The Grid For Months

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This isn’t the first or only hydrogen reactor capable of charging small electronics. Some of you may remember the Powertrekk fuel cell charger from back in 2011. But we feel like the technology has matured quite a bit since then and Brunton’s implementation is our favorite. The Hydrogen Reactor from Brunton uses disposable hydrogen cells to generate enough electricity to recharge your phone 6 times. After those 6 charges, just change the cartridge and keep going. Matter of fact, you can keep doing this indefinitely, as long as you’ve brought enough hydrogen cartridges with you. The beauty of this setup becomes apparent when you consider the weakness of other solutions in the case that you decide to be away from the grid for an extended period of time. While a portable battery pack may be enough for a few days, it’ll fall way short of the near infinite amounts of power you can generate with the Brunton unit. Each cartridge is $20 and of course that adds up to a lot, but being able to stay connected while you’re away is worth a lot more for some people. The generator itself is $170.

[ Manufacturer Website ] AND [ Purchase on Amazon ]

The Volt Buckle Lets You Carry A Charger Around Your Pants

By David Ponce

It’s a fact of life that guys tend to leave the house with quite a bit less portable storage space than women. While the ladies have seemingly bottomless purses in which to stash what appears to be mostly useless things (how many lipsticks can you possibly need?), they at least have the space to bring a phone charger along if they want. And while we might not need four kinds of concealer, we do need to top up the battery on our phone from time to time. The Volt Buckle could be a practical solution for when you’re out in the wild and want to juice up your device: remove part of the buckle, attach the appropriate connector and let the charging begin. You’re still able to keep the belt on (and functional) while the buckle is being used and the shape of the device transforms it into a stand of sorts so that your phone is propped up in case the wall socket is elevated. You can order it with any type of connector you need, and the belt features a special compartment on the inside with which to carry it. It’s a smart and simple design and at $60 on pre-order on IndieGoGo won’t break the bank. Of course, the company has to reach its funding goals first, and as of this writing they haven’t even reached 5% of their $60k objective. There’s 49 days left though, so you never know.

[ Volt Buckle ] VIA [ TechCrunch Gadgets ]