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A Smiling Backup Battery That Gets Sad When It Loses Its Charge

We’ve come to rely on blinking dots and obscure icons to tell when a device’s battery is low, but the human face is just so much easier to read and decipher. You wouldn’t want to have to flip a baby over and check a set of LEDs to see if it was happy, so the expressive face on this Mr Pow backup battery reflecting its charge level just makes sense.


Lightning Review: Xiaomi's Portable Battery Is Ridiculously Powerful

There’s nothing more frustrating than being caught without power. If your phone is dead in the middle of a long day, you can’t call, or text, or check Facebook. If your tablet is dead in the middle of a long flight, you can’t pass the time with movies or reading. That’s where a USB battery pack comes in handy — and Xiaomi’s latest is hugely powerful.


A Rainbow USB Cable With Every Charging Adaptor You Need -- Also Nokia

It may seem a little opulent, but a lot of us won’t leave home with at least our smartphone — maybe even two — and a tablet. And eventually one of them is going to need a battery boost, so instead of carrying charging cables and adapters for every single device, toss this single colourful USB adaptor in your bag and you’re all set.


You've Been Wrapping Your MacBook Charger Wrong This Whole Time

Did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to wrap your MacBook charger? Curl it up in a ball, and eventually it will break. But wrap it like you see in the picture above, and it’s going to last a whole lot longer.


There's No Better Use For Cup Holders Than This R2-D2 USB Charger

Your dream of cruising around your local galaxy with your feisty astromech droid by your side simply isn’t going to happen in your lifetime. It will be years before robots can even pick up a wrench and remove a bolt by themselves. But ThinkGeek’s got the next best thing. It won’t fix your warp drive, but perched in your cup holder this tiny version of R2-D2 will keep your phones and tablets charged.


A Handy Purse That Hides A Secret Phone Charger

Is there anything worse than leaving the house only to realise your iPhone is way low on juice and might crap out before you have a chance to charge? Yes! Of course, there are a million worse things, don’t be ridiculous. But we’re nothing if not dependent on our handheld devices. Mighty Purse is a clever clutch that will ensure you’ll never again be without texting, mapping, or Candy Crushing capabilities again.


Apple's Charger Replacement Scheme Will Include Australia

Apple has confirmed that its scheme to offer discounted replacement USB chargers for iPhones, iPads and iPods will happen in Australia. What we don’t know yet is what people will pay.


Apple Tells You How To Stop Getting Electrocuted By Faulty Chargers

Although not technically Apple’s fault, the death of a Chinese flight attendant (who had purportedly been electrocuted by a third-party iPhone charger) has prompted Cupertino to create a site meant to help consumers recognise 100 per cent genuine, actual Apple-approved chargers.


The MacBook's Most Underrated Feature

Next week, it’s very likely we’ll see a fresh round of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. They’ll be a little faster, and maybe a little prettier. But it’s unlikely that any new addition to Apple’s laptops will be as awesome as MagSafe. Seven years after Apple made the best laptop charger on the planet, no one else has made anything even half as good. Because they can’t.


Monster Machines: How The US Army Fit A Suitcase-Sized Battery Charger Into A Shoebox

Nothing’s worse than a dead battery — except maybe if you run out of juice while on patrol in the backwoods of Afghanistan. But, until now, US forces have had to lug around a huge and heavy charger. Not anymore. Army research has just shrunk a mobile charging station small enough for any soldier to carry on assignment.


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