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Another Australian USB Charger Self-Destructs, This One From Paddy's Market

On the tail of news last week that a NSW woman was killed by what is believed to be a knock-off phone charger, a 14-year-old has narrowly avoided injury after a similar device, purchased from Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets “exploded within centimetres” of his head.


Sydney Woman Dies. Please, Don't Buy Cheap Phone Chargers

In the news this morning, a woman in Sydney has died in an apparent electrocution and a knock-off USB charger has been linked to her death. A stall in Campsie faces fines of up to $87,500 and two years’ imprisonment for selling the chargers.


A Power-Packed Charger That Gives Your Phone Two Extra Lives For Just $US15

Anker’s made a name for itself with high-capacity portable chargers that are still compact and easy to travel with. But the company is now launching a new smartphone accessories brand called Zolo that it hopes will also become synonymous with ‘affordable’ through the use of a crowdfunding campaign to cut out middle man markup.


Why Fake Apple Chargers Totally Suck

So your iPad charger goes kaput, and you aren’t so keen on giving a pretty penny to Apple (yet) again. It can’t be that bad to buy a cheapo one online right? It even looks exactly like real Apple charger! But then it heats up like a burning coal and stops working after a couple weeks — because it’s a real piece of crap inside.


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.


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