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inCharge Smartphone Charging Cable Is Super Small, Cute, And Keychain-able

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Smartphone range anxiety is a real issue, with millions of people fretting over their device’s ability to make it through the day the world over. Current solutions involve carrying extra batteries or cables to top your charge up on the go, but these are often unwieldy and not that portable. The inCharge cable however is as inconspicuous as you get. It’s a simple ribbon with a USB connector on one end, and either a Lightning or MicroUSB on the other. It doubles as a keychain when it’s not unfurled and at work. And most importantly, it won’t break the bank: a small $9 pledge will get you one.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

These Pants Wirelessly Charge Your Nokia Lumia As You Walk

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The pants you’re looking at have an integrated 2,400mAh battery as well as a DC-50 Induction Charging Plate sewn right in. With this setup, your Nokia Lumia 930 phone will start charging as soon as you put it in your pocket, with no need to plug any wires or do anything. Granted, it also means your pants will need a charge from time to time, but if that means a longer battery life, we suppose we can live with it. “Created by British designer Adrien Sauvage in collaboration with Nokia for London Collections: ‘Modern Man’”, the pants will actually be available for pre-order on Amazon soon for £200 (approx. $350).

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[ Nokia ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

A Wireless Charger For The iPhone 5 For $25

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Love it or hate it, it’s no secret that the iPhone is trailing competitors in some areas. Specifically, there are some hardware changes that Apple fans have been clamouring for for years, and Cupertino seems to be ignoring. High among that list is wireless charging (alongside a bigger screen, NFC, etc.). The Qi wireless charging standard has been established for years, but there’s no word on when or even if it’ll ever be integrated into the iPhone. This means that the most common way to recharge the phone wirelessly is with the help of bulky, often expensive cases.

The iQi Mobile product, however, is neither bulky nor expensive, costing all of $25. It’s a paper thin inductive coil, connected to another really thin strip that plugs into the phone’s Lightning connector. That’s it. It’s slim enough to be sandwiched between your soft case and the phone, and as soon as it’s hooked up, you just have to drop your phone on a charging pad and watch the battery replenish. If you don’t have a charging pad, you can get one in the same order for an extra $40. This is on a fully funded IndieGogo campaign, so you should be expecting delivery around December 2013/ January 2014.

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[ Project page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

HydroBee Is Your Own Portable Hydroelectric Power Plant

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That’s a bit of a grandiose way of describing it, to be honest. It only charges a set of AA batteries, which you’re then supposed to charge your own gadgets with. But it is powered by the current in a stream of water, so the ‘hydroelectric’ part is correct. And hey, it makes for a better headline, so we’re not apologizing. What’s more, we kind of like what HydroBee is trying to do here. It’s supposed to be a replacement for other take-you-off-the-grid gadgets, which use a variety of methods for generating power in the wild. They usually have their drawbacks however, like solar powered chargers requiring, well, sunlight. And even hydrogen fuel cells will eventually run out, because you can’t very well carry thousands of hydrogen packs with you. The HydroBee’s achilles heel is of course that it requires the presence of a stream, but if you do have that, you can count on almost unlimited power, day or night. Just place it in the water with a tether, and come back two hours later to a charged set of batteries. And that’s 12,500mAh, which should be enough juice to charge your phone up a couple times.

Currently doing the Kickstarter dance, a $78 pledge will get you the whole system.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Credit Card Sized iDevice Charger Is Convenient

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Who goes out with their iPhone charger? No one, that’s who. And who’s always crying, wishing they had? Yeah, that’s what we thought. But we bet that if you’d had the ChargeCard, which is the same dimensions as a credit card (only a little thicker, of course), you might have saved yourself a few hours of hand wringing after your phone died following a marathon session of Candy Crush. It’s $25 and works with pretty much every iDevice and Android machine.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

ChargeBite Dongle Invites You To Share Battery Power Among iPhones

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Running out of battery from the nonstop texting, but don’t feel like being tethered to a wall plug? Just borrow some juice from your friend’s iPhone or iPad. The ChargeBite keychain dongle works with any 30-pin iDevice and allows you to transfer electrons from one juiced up smartphone to a nearly dead one. Plug up to three devices at once and the charging begins automatically, presumably until an equilibrium is reached among them. There’s no setup, no pre-charging, no fuss involved. The ChargeBite is small enough to be easily carried in your pocket and will be very useful to the urban dweller who just can’t keep it in his pants (the iPhone, guys…). It’s currently on pre-order on IndieGogo for $25.

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Puck-Sized Device Charges Your Phone With The Heat In Your Coffee

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A Stirling Engine is one of the world’s oldest, having been conceived in 1816 as a rival to the steam engine. It uses differences in temperature to drive a piston back and forth, turning a flywheel in the process. It’s this engine, albeit a tiny one, that sits inside the onE Puck you see above, and which allows you to charge your USB-connected device using nothing but the heat of your coffee cup. Or the cold of your iced tea. Just place any sufficiently cold or hot object on top of the onE Puck, and the Stirling engine will kick to life, driving a tiny generator. Obviously the hotter (or colder) the object, the more efficient the onE Puck becomes, but it’s designed to generate 5W of power at a combination of 1,000mA and 5Vdc. That’s standard for a phone charger, but these are clearly ideal conditions. It might generate this much at peak performance, when you’ve placed a piping hot drink, and then slowly lose its charging power. There’s an internal battery which accumulates charge, and delivers it in batches to your connected device, so it may appear as though it’s not charging at times, but it’ll kick in eventually.

It’s slow and steady, rather than fast and efficient, and is more of a novelty than anything else. But as a Kickstarter project, it’s been successful enough to raise $125,000 with 23 days to spare. If you want yours, you’ll have to pledge $115 and expect delivery in one year.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Got A Family Full Of Devices To Charge? How’s A Super Charger Dock Grab Ya?

By David Ponce

There really aren’t many interesting things to say about the above item. It’s not an exciting one; it’s a useful one. It charges mobile devices. Up to 4 cellphones and a tablet. So you can have the kids come home from school, plug their phones in while they go off and get the house nice and dirty and come back later to a charged mobile. You can turn it into a little charging station, tucked away somewhere central. It’s got connectors for the iPhone as well as micro USB for a host of other devices.

It’s $99.

Not exciting. We know.

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CordLite Is A Touch-Sensitive iDevice Charging Cord

By David Ponce

Plugging your iDevice in for the night with no lights on in the room is easier said than done. And since a nightlight is not always an option, the CordLite presents a solution to one of life’s tiny annoyances. It’s a touch-sensitive charging cord for the iDevice that features some LEDs at the tip. When the cord is just lying around, nothing happens; it’s only once you pick it up that the circuit is activated and the light shines. The touch feature is conduction based, meaning you don’t have to squeeze, you just have to hold it.

It’s a nifty enough feature to warrant the $30 price on Kickstarter. They project is off to a decent start, with $29,000 raised on the $70,000 goal. Shipping should happen in September/October of this year.

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