Only three of 400 counterfeit iPhone chargers, which are available in Australia, passed recent electric strength tests - that's a 99 per cent failure rate. Even worse, 12 of them were designed and made so poorly they "pose a risk of lethal electrocution".
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There's no point in buying a backup battery if you keep forgetting to top off your mobile devices before they die. So Griffin Technology's new PowerBlock Beacon and PowerJolt Beacon external chargers will actually send your smartphone or tablet a notification when they're nearby, reminding you to top off their batteries.
Over the past six months, the state of USB-C cables and chargers has been a minefield. That's OK, you tell yourself, just stick with stock accessories and all should be well. Except no. An independent researcher has discovered that even Google's boxed chargers for its Nexus phones can be defective, putting your devices at risk.
Video: Can you really consider finding a source of power to charge your smartphone a survival skill? For some people, not having a working phone is more dire than not having clean drinking water. So if you find yourself in the great outdoors without an outlet, a little ingenuity can turn random junk into a working hydro-electric generator.
You have to hand it to KFC. When it comes to marketing, it's not afraid to ooze creativity, in much that same way its chicken oozes... well, whatever gelatinous substance it's fried in. Its latest concoction is a snack box that incorporates a USB charger, so you and your gadgets can obtain sustenance simultaneously.
Benson Leung, an engineer on Google's Pixel team, was doing God's work by risking his Chromebook Pixel, which charges via USB-C, to test every single USB-C to USB-A cord available to general consumers. One crappy cord, and his $US1500 computer would be fried.
I just came back from a two-week vacation in Europe. I took loads of gadgets. How did I keep them charged? Why, an unwieldy gadget cornucopia consisting of two AC splitters, a USB wall wart, and an external battery for topping up on the go. If only I'd had the Belkin TravelRockstar, I could have lightened my load.