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.
The Pebble smartwatch boasts vastly superior battery life to Apple's upcoming wearable, but that doesn't mean you still don't have to regularly keep it charged. So following up on its key-sized smartphone chargers, Nomad is introducing the tiny NomadKey Pebble that includes a magnetic connector for attaching to and charging the smartwatch. It's small enough to keep in your pocket with your keys, so you'll never be without it.
Fuel cell technology gets mentioned all the time, but you'd be hard-pressed to name more than a few implementations that are commonly used today, especially by the general public. eZelleron's "Kraftwerk" could change that, with the 198g gadget apparently capable of recharging an iPhone over 10 times before it needs a quick, three-second refilling.
Prepare to have one those "hey, wait a minute!" moments because it turns out the compact charger that Apple includes with iPhones could actually be doing so much more for you. The similarly-sized ChargeTech not only has folding prongs so it's even easier to transport, it also comes with two side-by-side USB ports that can charge a smartphone and a tablet at the same time.
There's a new challenger to the throne when it comes to replacement laptop chargers that are considerably smaller than the monstrous power adapters typically included with a notebook. And while the Zolt's compact form factor makes it one of the smallest and lightest, what sets it apart — and ahead — of the competition is its ability to actually charge a laptop and two other devices all at the same time.
It should be simple: Charge phone overnight, wake up with enough battery to last the day; repeat. Nope. Try more like: Get home way too late, pass out, press snooze 748 times the next morning and get to work at 9:02 either with no phone at all or one whose battery now has about 20 precarious minutes of juice left before dying yet again.
With Christmas lights and glowing decorations already up in houses across the country, this is the time of year that we bring out those rarely-used extra power boards and overload them with double adaptors on top of other adaptors. The ACCC wants you to check those boards for defects, though, with over 200,000 unsafe power boards and double adaptors sold across Australia within the last few months.
When you're spending the day with family you probably haven't seen in a year, nothing is more vital to keeping your sanity than your smartphone. And to ensure it's got enough charge to keep you busy on Twitter instead of actually having to talk to your cousins, the diminutive but clever Plan V charger accepts common 9V batteries for a quick boost.
At this point there are just as many portable chargers on the market as there are iPhone cases and Bluetooth speakers combined. But somehow Ventev has done the impossible by creating a portable charger that manages to improve on the near infinite number of designs that came before it, by adding built-in Lightning and microUSB cables, as well as AC prongs so it can be plugged directly into an outlet.
There are plenty of ways to do the two things that Spira does: Charge your phone and tell you the time. But there's nothing quite like the device that interaction design student Alice Robbiani has built to combine them — her inductive charger turns your iPhone into an interactive wall clock while it charges.
For those us without kids, these Disney-themed USB chargers seem like an adorable way to replace the adapters that came with our smartphones. But to anyone with a toddler roaming the house, exploring every last nook and cranny, they also serve as an engraved invitation to start playing with power outlets.