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Smartphones have become an essential tool in every line of work, from corporate accounting to carpentry. But often times those working on construction sites don’t have easy access to a power outlet for a quick top-off when needed. They do, however, have access to power tools. And with this clever adaptor they can harness a drill or saw’s rechargeable battery to recharge their electronics.
With seemingly unlimited celestial power, it only makes sense that Thor should share a little bit of the Mjölnir Hammer’s capabilities with humanity when he’s not battling Loki or alien invaders. After all, a dead smartphone can be just as catastrophic to some people as the world ending. And while it might not be Thor’s exact hammer, this version of the Mjölnir is far more useful to humans addicted to their phones.
If there’s even the slightest risk you won’t have access to an outlet or a powered USB port for 24 hours, you’d better hope you’ve got a backup battery in tow to keep your phone alive. And while function usually trumps form when it comes to external power sources, Incase has decided to overthrow the norm with a couple of backup batteries that are downright lovely.
No one really waits until a battery is completely and utterly dead before tossing it — we usually swap them out when a remote starts to get finicky or a torch begins to dim. So it’s estimated that most discarded batteries have an average of 400 milliamps of power left in them, a fact this clever advertisement capitalises on to recharge mobile phones.
With connections for microUSB, Apple’s old Dock Connector, and its new Lightning option, the CrossLink cable by Id America can sync or charge pretty much any modern smartphone or tablet you can get your hands on. And if the Crosslink’s flat cable anti-tangle design isn’t enough, it’s also available in six different colours that will perfectly complement your iPhone 5c.
The makers of the ChargeCard — that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones — are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that’s instead designed to hang out on your keychain.
You can never have too many sources of backup power for your mobile devices. And not only is the compact ClicLite easy to carry around, it also charges itself using the sun’s continuously free rays. But what’s that you say? That tiny solar panel will take hours to recharge its internal battery? Well then it’s a good thing you can increase its sunlight-trapping capacity with extra snap-on panels.