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Mophie introduces portable battery for smartphones, tablets

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

One major priority of all gadget owners these days is to extend the battery life of their devices as much as they can, particularly if they are frequently mobile. Mophie has been one of the brands that constantly bring out battery solution products to help us to avoid hugging walls with power sockets or constantly look for restaurants and coffee shops that have charging stations or power outlets. Their latest product line called Powerstation plus will enable your smartphone and tablet to have longer mobile life.

Powerstation plus brings a compact solutions to your battery problems, as well as integrated charging and compatibility to all devices in one battery extender housed in an aerospace aluminum casing and soft-housed casing. It claims that it has a big advantage over other external batteries and is even 2-4 times quicker than some wall chargers. And since it comes with both integrated lighting and micro USB cables and ports, then it can accommodate all kinds of mobile devices, including power hogging tablets.

All models come with 2.4amps of power but have different battery sizes that will determine the number of hours you need to charge a device. It has a 3000mAh model that can charge your device up to 2x, the 5000mAh gives up to 3x, the 7000mAh up to 4x and the 12,000mAh model can bring you up to 8x of charging. Another great thing with this charger is that while you’re charging your gadget when the powerstation plus is plugged in the wall (which is weird, but go with us here), it distributes power accordingly, with priority given to your device and the charging of the powerbank itself is only secondary.

The prices of the different powerstation plus models are: $79.95 for the 3000mAh; $99.95 for the 5000mAh, $119.95 for the 7000mAh and $149.95 for the biggest one, the 12,000mAh. All of the models come with a one year warranty and if you’re interested in purchasing any of them, you can visit the Mophie site and order through their online store.

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SOURCE: Mophie

Mugen battery case to juice up Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, LG G3

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Battery extenders and battery packs are already a necessity and not a luxury especially for people who are always on the go and heavy smartphone users. But sometimes, they can be so bulky and the connector wires can be a hassle and if you forget the wires, then they’re practically useless. So some brilliant people invented the battery case and all has become right with the world (at least when it comes to your phone’s battery life). Mugen has released three new products for Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and LG G3 users.

The Mugen Power 3700mAh Battery Case is especially made for the Sony Xperia Z3 as its replacement battery. It will give your smartphone up to 119% more battery power. Meanwhile, the Mugen Power 3000mAh can be used for the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia A1. It has the ability to power any of those devices up to 115%. Lastly, the Mugen Power 6200mAh Extended battery works with the LG G3 Dual LTE D858 and the G3 Dual LTE D856 and this time, it has a battery door. Since the mAh is bigger, your smartphone can last 2.07 times as long.

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Mugen claims that compared to other battery brands, it has higher capacity, longevity and safety and can even improve on the run time of the original brand replacement. Battery cases are indeed much more convenient for heavy smartphone users, although sometimes, design-wise, it leaves much to be desired. But of course you’d choose longer battery life over aesthetics anytime right?

All three battery cases cost $89.50 each and will be available on Mugen’s e-commerce site. Shipping is expected to start by December 5, but you can place your pre-orders now. You will even get discounts if you share the products on your Facebook, if you’re not averse to the Mugen account having access to your profile.

XOO Belt charges your phone and keeps your pants up

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Keeping your smartphone charged up and working when you are on the go a lot can be a challenge. There are plenty of battery cases and external batteries on the market, and most of them take up space in your bag that you might not have. A new charger system has debuted that turns the charger into a wearable device you can take with you anywhere.

The device is called the XOO Belt and it looks much like any old belt you might buy to help keep your pants up. The designers of the XOO Belt say that it looks, feels, and weighs about the same as a really nice belt. It has a 2100 mAh battery hidden inside and the ability to charge just about any mobile device you can think of.

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The battery is a Lithium Ceramic Polymer unit that is flexible, safe, and weather resistant. On the inside of the belt is a short charge cable and the idea is that you can plug the cable into your device and slip your device into your pocket for charging.

The battery consists of six overlapping layers of flexible battery giving 1300mAh of power alone. Each of the buckles also has 800mAh for a total of 2100mAh of power. The project is on Indiegogo seeking $50,000 and has raised over $27,000 so far with 30 days left to go. A belt will cost you $155 with delivery expected in July 2015.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

Reeljuice is a portable battery pack with a retractable built-in cord

Posted by wicked November - 12 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s already been established that if you’re a serious mobile device user, it is necessary for you to have a power pack with you always. But out of all the brands out there, why should you choose to buy or invest in Reeljuice? If you keep losing or forgetting your cords and adapters, then this is the one for you.

What makes Reeljuice different from all other battery juice packs is that it’s the only one sporting a 48 inch industrial grade retractable charging cord, the technology which the developers have actually patented. The cord (and power bank of course) will supposedly survive “tens of thousands of cycles”, in case you’re the type who really needs a lot of juice on the go. And you don’t even need to bring a cord to charge the power bank since it has a folding USB and a 10 watt wall charger so you can power it up on the go. Don’t worry if you have an iOS device because apart from its micro USB, it also has a lightning adapter.

If Reeljuice is fully charged itself, it claims that it can power your smartphone up to 6 times. It also supposedly charges twice as much as the standard charger. It comes in two varieties; the Reeljuice 5 is smaller and with 4,800 mAh while the Reeljuice 10 has 10,400 mAh and is of course bigger in size. Based on the charging cycle of the iPhone 5, the Reeljuice 5 can power it up to 3 times while the Reeljuice can do it at 6 charges. Design-wise, it also looks pretty neat as it uses a modular design so you can easily separate the portable charger from the rapid charger.

The developers haven’t yet reached their target goal of $78,000, but they still have 33 days to go on their campaign and given that they just launched this month, they have a pretty good backing rate. If you feel like this is one battery juice pack you can’t live without, you can head on over to their Kickstarter page and back up this project. Shipment to investors is expected to start by April next year.

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SOURCE: Kickstarter

Zap! Now get outta here. Zap&Go five-minute charger

Posted by Tom November - 12 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sounding like something very much from the future, the Zap&Go graphene supercapactor charger promises to fully charge in five minutes and then pack enough power to boost an iPhone 5 from dead to 100% charge.

The graphene supercapactor battery is a 1500mAh jobby and is available for $99.

As will all of these crowd-funded projects, the downside is delivery is expected to be October 2015.

That said, it’s more than doubled its pledge so I guess when it comes to graphene cupercapactors, people figure good things come to those who wait.

Via androidcommunity

Zap&Go graphene supercapacitor charger charges in five minutes

Posted by wicked November - 11 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Scientists have been working with Graphene as a way to improve batteries and other devices, but there aren’t many products using graphene on the market just yet. The world’s first graphene supercapactor charger for keeping your smartphone and other devices powered on the go has surfaced. The product is called the Zap&Go and its big draw is how fast it can be charged and ready to go.

Zap&Go needs only five minutes to charge itself completely and it can then be used to charge your smartphone or tablet on the go when you need it. The charger’s power capacity is 1500mAh, which is enough to charge an iPhone 5 to 100% from completely empty.

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The device is available with international power plugs for use around the world. Charge&Go will make a sound when it is fully charged. The graphene supercapacitor is on Indiegogo seeking funds to come to market. The project was looking to raise $30,000 and has raised over $70,000 so far with 32 days to go.

A pledge of $99 will get you a Zap&Go charger with delivery estimated for October 2015. You can also plunk down $149 and get a pair of the supercapacitors. 1500mAh of juice is enough power to charge your Galaxy S5 to 75% capacity from empty.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

Gionee Marathon M3 boasts of 5,000 mAh battery

Posted by wicked November - 11 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Gionee is not a popular brand but it’s been trying to come up with interesting handsets that could rival the more in-demand models. This Chinese phone manufacturer has recently introduced the Marathon M3 smartphone that boasts of a 5,000 mAh battery. That is one powerful phone because the highest we’ve seen so far is a 3,900 mAh battery on the DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx, and Huawei Ascend Mate 2.

Specs of the phone includes a 5-inch IPS/OGS Display screen, 1280 x 720 resolution, 8MP camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi, 3G, FM radio, A-GPS, Blueooth 4.0, digital compass, and a dual SIM card slot. Just like other smartphones, the Gionee Marathon M3 also has various sensors: proximity sensor, G-sensor, E-Compass, and Motion sensor.

Smartphone is powered by a Mediatek 1.3GHz Quad core Cortex A7 processor and 1GB RAM. The Gionee Marathon M3 also has a microSD card slot that can take up to 128GB storage so you can save a lot of songs, videos, and files. Phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. I doubt if you can upgrade to Lollipop when the new OS arrives.

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What makes this more interesting is the 5,000 mAh battery that gives a 32.8 days standby time. That’s pretty impressive for a low-priced phone but let’s see how long it will last if connected to 4G or WiFi all the time. But now, do you understand why it’s called a Marathon phone?

SOURCE: Gionee

See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

Posted by wicked November - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

android-appsApps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting.

Performance draining apps were considered on a combination of battery drain, storage space used, and data consumption, and Facebook rounded out the top 10. Yep, the Facebook app that nearly everyone has installed is responsible for more performance drain than any other app. Some other culprits include Facebook-owned Instagram, Path, Spotify, and BlackBerry Messenger.

The second list just focused on which apps drained the most battery, and Samsung embarrassingly managed to snag 3 of the top 10 spots on the list. Samsung’s AllShare Cast Dongle updated took the top spot, with ChatOn at number 2 and WatchOn at number 5. While it’s technically not a Samsung app, the number 3 battery draining app was the Beaming Service for Beep’n’Go, which sometimes does come preloaded on Samsung devices. Facebook grabbed the number 6 spot on this list.

The list for which apps use the most storage spins some negative light on other pretty commonly used apps, too. The number 1 app was the New York Times Breaking News app, while Spotify sits at number 3, Facebook at number 4, and Google Chrome at number 5. Surprisingly, Google Play Music didn’t break the top 10, but Instagram showed up on this list again.

AVG separated the most performance hungry games in their own category, and it shows that games from Candy Crush Saga developer King are responsible for quite a bit of battery drain. 4 of the top 10 games were developed by King, although Minecraft snagged the number 4 spot and Angry Birds pulled up at number 10.

You can check out the full list of apps at the break. How many of these performance draining apps do you have installed on your devices?

source: Cnet

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Named and shamed: the worst battery and performance sapping apps

Posted by wicked November - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Did someone say poor battery life and resource hogging bloatware? These are all too familiar complaints in the world of Android, so you might be interested in this little collection of the biggest culprits.

Anti-virus provider AVG has collected data from a variety of anonymous users, who all agreed to share information via the AVG Android app, in order to determine which apps are the worst when it comes to draining your precious battery life, performance, and storage.

As you might expect, apps that constantly refresh themselves in the background to pull data from the web are the biggest performance drainers. Facebook’s busy app topped the list, along with Instagram, BlackBerry Messenger and textPlus services also eating up precious resources. Here’s the list of top 10 apps that are most likely to be slowing down your smartphone.

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It might not surprise many of you to find that some pre-installed Samsung apps also managed to make one of the lists. Although not the worst culprits when it comes to performance hindrance or data storage, Samsung’s AllShareCast, ChatON, and WatchON services are some of the biggest battery hogs and all run as soon as you start up your device. Facebook again also managed to make this list. 

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AVG also compiled lists for the heaviest storage and data plan eaters, although these are a little more dependent on the content of the app than some of the previous categories. Unsurprisingly, Netflix is a big drain on your data plan, but more oddly text and image based news feeds also appear to consume a lot of data and a surprisingly large amount of your device’s on-board storage.top 10 data eaterstop 10 storage eaters

The report also contains a look at some of the most battery and performance draining games on the market. Many of the most popular titles are rather bad for your phone’s battery life, although this is likely to vary quite a bit from device to device. You can read the full report right here.

If you happen to be using any of the big battery or performance drainers listed above, AVG recommends turning off app notifications, limiting refresh intervals for apps that run in the background, and reducing the amount of data that apps are allowed to download. All very sensible pieces of advice.

Have you noticed any other major battery or performance sapping apps? Let us know in the comments below.

WakaWaka Base: solar power for lighting and charging needs

Posted by wicked October - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

No, WakaWaka Base is not a gadget that plays Shakira’s 2010 World Cup theme over and over again. It is actually a portable solar power kit that aims to give, well, power when electricity runs out or when you’re in an area that doesn’t have one. The power kit can give you multiple charges on your smartphones or light supply for an entire week, whichever is more important for you at the moment.

If you live in an area that often has power interruptions due to storms or hurricanes or if you just go camping and other outdoorsy stuff often, then you are the target market for this device (also, if you have a ton of gadgets and are always afraid of running out of juice for them). Aside from the battery pack that will power your gadgets, it comes with two custom designed LED lights. One can connect to the battery pack while the other one can light up on its own with its own rechargeable battery.

Solar technology is slowly but surely coming into its own, and WakaWaka Base is an example of a practical and extremely useful application for it. Just place the panel in direct sunlight for one whole day (well, at least until there is sun) and it will be full and ready for use. It also has the capability of charging during winter and when it’s cloudy, but of course it will be a slower process. To ensure that you maximize the power capacity of the WakaWaka Base, there is also a custom power management system software that comes with it.

The WakaWaka Base comes in two models: the Base-10 is bigger and has 10,000 mAh capacity while the smaller Base-5 has 5,000 mAh. It still has 16 days to go in its Kickstarter campaign but they’ve already gone way beyond their target of $70,000. The devices are expected to ship by May next year.

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SOURCE: Kickstarter