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OnePlus 10,000 mAh Power Bank coming soon

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Poor battery life proving problematic? OnePlus wants to come to your rescue with a 10,000 mAh portable battery pack. Although you’ll have to wait a little bit, as it won’t go on sale until next year.

OnePlus’ upcoming Power Bank comes with a hefty 10,000 mAh of additional juice for your smartphone, tablet, and other USB powered devices, which is enough to provide three full charges for your OnePlus One. The pack features dual USB ports, each capable of outputting 2A at 5V, if you need to charge two devices at the same time and it has a dedicated charging port to power up the pack, which takes approximately 5.5 hours. The Power Bank also comes with short-circuit, overcharging and overheating protection, just in case.

In terms of size, the pack measures 142.8 × 72.6 × 16.2 mm and weighs 220g, which is quite reasonable. It will be made available in both Silk White and Sandstone Black options, presumably to color co-ordinate with your OnePlus One.

Better still, the Power Bank will cost just $14.99 when it goes on sale early next year. If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on one, you may want to check out OnePlus’ You Name It contest. Let’s just hope that this isn’t another ill-fated smartphone accessory from OnePlus.

Limefuel 20,000 mAh Battery Pack 58% off at Android Community [DEALS]

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

We’ve all been there: you’re out and about all day, using your phone for GPS, music, maybe streaming some video. Then, when you need it most, you run out of battery and your super-powered Android device becomes a useless brick in your pocket for all intents and purposes.

Well you can finally put that fear behind you with the Limefuel LP200X portable battery pack, which boasts a huge 20,000 mAh capacity, two USB ports to charge two devices at once, and an LED showing how much juice is left in the Limefuel. Normally $85, you can grab this battery pack for just $34.99 at the Android Community Deals Store – that’s 58% off.

To put the 20,000 mAh capacity into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a 2,800 mAh battery. Doing a little math, one full charge of the Limefuel is good for over 7 full charges of a Galaxy S5! It’s tough to find a high quality battery with that capacity (and this relatively small size), especially below $60.

Portable batteries come in handy for charging tons of stuff: phones, tablets, bluetooth speakers…basically anything that can be charged through USB, which encompasses almost every piece of portable technology these days. Whether you throw it in your backpack, leave it in your car, or use it on trips when you’ll have limited power connectivity, it’s extremely convenient to always have a charge at arm’s length.

Stay Charged! Pick up the Limefuel LP200X for $34.99 at the Android Community Deals Store!

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Budget Android Phones and Tablets: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Skimp On

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

penniesIf you’re like me, you love technology. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you also are strapped for cash. As any lover of tech knows, these two things don’t mesh together very well. The life of a technophile with a budget is a sad one indeed. The solution to this dilemma is, of course, to purchase and use lower-end devices with weaker specs and features. Since I’ve been living this life for a while, I’ve found out the hard way which features and specs to skimp on and which ones must always be a priority. Flashy cameras, brilliant displays, and blisteringly fast processors can be sacrificed in the name of saving a dollar, but the following cannot.

1. Battery:

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The most important feature on any phone is the battery. You may have a blazing processor, a brilliant screen, and all your music stored on the device, but without a battery to keep it running, none of it will matter. A beautiful, intuitive dead phone is just as fun to use as a horribly designed dead phone, so make sure your phone can handle the stress you plan to put on it. To find out, it is important to read the spec description on the manufacturer’s website, but be warned: the manufacturer tends to exaggerate the amount of time a phone or tablet will stay alive. A good way to beat a bad battery is to have a device with a removable battery and carry around a few extras for when your phone goes kaput. Some good devices for strong batteries are the Moto G, Moto E, and the HTC Desire 610. A few great tablet choices for strong battery life are the two Nexus 7s. As far as removable batteries go, Samsung again always has this option (for smartphones), and while the feature is coming back into style, at this point it seems to be a luxury on phones from other manufacturers.

2. Storage:

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This is especially important on a tablet, since apps used on the larger devices tend to be big, space-intensive games that will quickly fill your device. However, even phones will fill up if you put all of your favorite apps on them. Unfortunately, most budget phones and tablets have only 8 GB of storage on them, which won’t come close to covering your needs even if you’re a casual user. Thankfully, expandable storage in the form of micro SD cards seems to be making a comeback. If you can put at least 32 GB of expandable storage in your device, you will be able to store contacts, songs, videos, and maybe some apps. Otherwise, you will most likely need at least 32 GB of storage to cover your needs. Samsung has always been faithful with its expandable storage, but Motorola has been adding the feature to its product line as well with its second-gen Moto line. HTC has been working it in also, with devices like the HTC Desire 610. As far as tablets go, the Asus MeMo Pad 8 comes to mind. If you just want pure storage, an old Galaxy Nexus will have 32 GB, as will an HTC One (M7) and an LG G2, but those might cost a little more than you planned, unless you buy used.

3. Build Quality:

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If there is one category that a manufacturer will neglect more than any other in the realm of budget devices, it’s build quality. Most budget phones look and feel like they are worth every dollar you spent on them, which in this case is not a good thing. Build quality is a major reason that I shy away from fringe manufacturers, especially for budget devices. However, just because a manufacturer makes quality devices doesn’t mean that its budget phones will be superb. Although HTC has some of the most beautiful devices the market has seen, even its budget phones suffer from some necessary shortcuts. In general, it is still a good idea to look at a manufacturer’s high-end devices, then move down until you find the device in your range. For example, the HTC Desire 610, Moto G, or LG  Transpyre all have hints of their pricier cousins in the design without the price tags. Nexus devices are also notorious for being cheaper with relatively sturdy build quality, especially among the tablets. Amazon’s tablets (I know, I know, it’s not REALLY Android), have excellent build quality as well. However, let it be known that just because your device looks beautiful doesn’t mean it has the sturdiness to back it up. I’ve seen plenty of cheap-looking plastic devices handle a scrap or two, so make sure you watch plenty of drop tests before purchasing (no matter how painful it may be).

4. Upgrade Potential:

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For an uncomfortably long time, all budget phones ran on Gingerbread. This embarrassing fact was the norm from the Gingerbread days up until just last year, when Kitkat improved the ability for low-end devices to run software that wasn’t from 2011. Now most devices are on Jelly Bean or KitKat, with a few potentially being upgraded to Lollipop. Unfortunately, as updates keep happening, and Google continues to move forward with its OS, some devices, like budget devices, will inevitably be left behind again. In order to combat this issue, take a look at the manufacturer. Since Google’s OS is open source and available to anyone, manufacturers are the ones who dictate which device gets what update. It helps if you take a peek at the manufacturer’s history. Has the manufacturer been showing some sweet Kitkat love to its low-end devices? Does it have any plans of doing the same with Lollipop? Many manufacturers have fixed up their game in this regard, like Motorola and LG, and started sending out updates faster. However, what is even more important than the availability of updates is the usability of updates. As we saw with the Nexus 7 2012 Lollipop debacle, an upgrade that renders your device useless is hardly an upgrade at all. As long as you keep up with your potential device’s manufacturer’s track record, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

5. RAM

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RAM is one of the most important features in increasing the usability of a device. Android is already a fairly RAM-intensive operating system, so having a phone with anything less than 1 GB of RAM is going to be painful. Apps will run sluggishly, transitions will drag, and the phone will be a chore to use. The same goes for a tablet, but you might want no less than 1.5-2 GB. It’s not necessary to splurge for 3-4 GB of RAM on any budget device, but these minimums should be met or, and if possible, exceeded slightly. This shouldn’t be too huge of a problem: RAM has exploded in recent years in the mobile realm, making it hard to find a device with less than 1 GB. However, if you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel to get your device, you may run into a phone or tablet short on RAM. Give it a pass.

Taking all of these features into consideration, a few devices stand tall in my mind. The Moto G, LG Transpyre, and HTC Desire 610 are all well-priced, capable devices that were released this year. If you want a used, high-end device of yesteryear, a few that have been steadily dropping in price are the LG G2 and HTC One. Any older Sony device would also be a good choice; since Sony  tends to stay ahead of the technology curve with many of its devices aging well. For tablets, both Nexus 7s are still capable and inexpensive, Amazon’s tablets are perennial favorites, and Asus has been making some waves as well in the area of value tablets.

Is there any feature or spec that I missed? Do you have a specific device in mind that deserves to be mentioned? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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Tommy Hilfiger brings solar panels to jackets to charge your device

Posted by wicked December - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

When designers and product developers at fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger heard the term “wearable tech”, they probably took it to heart. They have now come up with a line of clothing that is not just fashionable, but can also be used to charge your mobile devices because it is equipped with solar panels.

Yes, you heard that right. There are solar panels on a piece of clothing so you can justify the purchase of a designer jacket by saying you need portable chargers for your devices since they run out of juice fast. The clothing brand worked with solar manufacturer Pvilion to come up with a jacket for men and one for women that has a bit of tartan design to go with the rectangular looking solar panels. In fact, the panels are detachable from the jacket, just in case you don’t feel like sporting the water resistant solar panels while walking around.

The front packet has a battery pack that doubles as a USB port so you can charge two devices at the same time, in case your friend needs juice for their smartphone as well. It is capable of charging a 1,500 mAh device up to four times if fully charged. And if you feel like charging from the sun takes too long (it doesn’t indicate how long the process is), then you can get the battery pack out and charge it the usual way through a USB power source.

The limited edition jackets are now available at the Tommy Hilfiger online store and in several stores in the northern hemisphere. Both the men’s and women’s jacket cost $599 each and 50% of the earnings will go to an the Fresh Air Fund, a non-profit that gives free summer vacations to disadvantaged New York City kids.

VIA: CNet

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Tommy Hilfiger Solar Panel jacket charges phones and looks crazy from the back

Posted by Tom December - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

If you’re walking towards somebody you’ll look pretty swish in the new Tommy Hilfiger solar panel jackets that harness the sun to charge mobile devices.

Turn around, however, and you’re stand-up Eddie Murphy in the Beverley Hills Cop in the future film that was never made.

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The jackets are limited editions and cost $599 (50% of which goes to Fresh Air Fund).

When fully charged they can recharge 1,500mAh devices up to four times, so they pack plenty of power.

Via ubergizmo

Plan V is a truly portable emergency charger for your smartphone

Posted by wicked November - 29 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Battery problem solutions are very much needed when smartphones are always running out of juice since we’re playing games, working, social networking, etc when mobile. More and more crowd-funded products are showing up in the market, all with the aim of becoming the next big thing in battery solutions. Our nominee for today is Plan V, a portable charger for emergency cases when your battery case or your power bank just won’t work.

Plan V is just small enough to put on your keyring so it’s literally handy. And you don’t need to constantly charge it as it is powered by 9 volt batteries, which you can buy at any convenience store. That also means you will not run out of juice to charge your smartphone, as long as you have spare batteries in your bag.

This product came out of the developers’ personal experience when their back up batteries failed them when they were in a remote area in Bogota, Colombia and they were hopelessly lost when trying to find their hostel. They had to go through a few close calls, but when they eventually survived, they decided to create a “failsafe charging device” that will not just keep you in contact but can also keep you safe in emergency situations.

The developers of the device are trying to raise $30,000 to be able to create and distribute the charger. If you believe in a product like Plan V, then head on over to their Kickstarter page to be able to support them and you have 25 days to do so.

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SOURCE: Kickstarter

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