For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!

Tag Archives: charging

The Ginko Solar Tree Is The Only Tree We’d Consider Hugging


We’re all for doing things that’ll help the planet stay a little greener, and increasing our use of solar energy is without a doubt a step in the right direction. While we may not have the motivation to go protest or do anything too meaningful, we certainly wouldn’t mind getting our hands on this cool Ginko Solar Tree.

he Ginkgo Solar Tree charging station for the iPhone and iPad is a astonishing solar charger. Ginkgo comes with a extra large 4.000 mAh rechargeable lithium battery to store your clean energy. This unique design is based on the Japanese Ginkgo tree. This design solar charger is made from eco-friendly plastic and bamboo. On the aluminum base there is a small black grip located to use as phone or tablet standard while charging. A green LED light will pop up when charging the Ginkgo. With one push on the indicator the other 4 blue lights will display the status of the battery.

It’s $120, and available for pre-order now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On 6 Ft. iOS + Micro-USB Charging Cable


Apple’s Lightning charging cable is pretty expensive. To make things worse, it’s darn short. So it’s cool to see good alternatives, like the above 6 Ft. iOS + Micro-USB Charging Cable. Not only is it twice as long as a standard Apple cable, it gives you two options: Lightning and Micro-USB, on the same cable! That means you’re not stuck charging only iOS devices, but can lend it to an Android-powered friend in a pinch. Better yet, it’s also cheaper today, thanks to the active rebate. You’ll pay $19 for what would normally cost $40. If this doesn’t scream Stocking Stuffer, nothing does.


[ Get The 6 Ft. iOS + Micro-USB Charging Cable ]

Plan V Uses 9V Batteries To Charge Your Phone


You may not know it, but there’s likely a drawer somewhere in your home where you keep all kinds of odds and ends that you need around the house. Screws, butterfly fasteners, IKEA wrenches, a hammer, and probably a couple 9V batteries for your smoke detector. Well it turns out if you get the Plan V, they’ll have another potential use: charging your phone. Plan V is a tiny dongle that takes a 9V battery and uses its power to charge your mobile device. It’s great if the power is out for an extended period and you really need to charge it. Or if you’re out somewhere and are desperate for some more talk time. It’s small enough to serve as a keychain, and costs all of $12… if it gets made. It’s a Kickstarter at the moment, and until they reach their funding goal they’re only making a Micro-USB version. They’re still far from the goal so nothing is sets in stone, but you can help them out with a pledge if this looks like something you’d use.



[ Project Page ] VIA [ WalYou ]

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


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.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

These Pants Wirelessly Charge Your Nokia Lumia As You Walk


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).


[ Nokia ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

A Wireless Charger For The iPhone 5 For $25


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.


[ Project page ] VIA [ ]

HydroBee Is Your Own Portable Hydroelectric Power Plant


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.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Credit Card Sized iDevice Charger Is Convenient


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.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

ChargeBite Dongle Invites You To Share Battery Power Among iPhones


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.

[ Project Page ]