Top Five Wireless Phone Chargers

Dusan Belik of Serbia writes about his passion for all things techno as if they were alive and natural. He thinks that by using a smart phone to organise your life, you demonstrate how much you care about the way that you use your precious time on Earth. Fair enough… whatever turns you on?  He also refers to the new Tylt VU charger is “sexy”… Sexy…? You need to get yourself a partner mate!

Whilst wireless phone chargers are surely not sexy, they can be extremely useful, for the simple reason, like all wireless technology, no wires are required. Given the obvious advantages of these devices, an increasing splurge of wireless phone chargers is arriving on the market.  

Take a look at the top five…

Tylt

Tylt VU

The Tylt VU Wireless Charger is designed for Qi compatible smartphones and it has to be said that this novel charger looks like a mini sun-lounger and could well indeed look sexy if a totally naked miniature nicely rounded type was sunbathing on top of it!

A vibrant appearance is at the heart of the Tylt VU, although the red, blue and yellow ones perhaps aren’t going to light everybody’s fire. One of the features of this charger is that it works both horizontally or vertically, meaning that you can charge your phone at a 45 degree angle and still see its screen.

This colourful wireless mobile charger will shipped in June 2013 and will cost approximately £46.

You can buy the Tylt VU here.

Duracell-Powermat

Duracell Powermat 24

Powermat have been frontrunners in the wireless charging game from the outset. The company’s latest rendition comes in the form of a flat charging pad, which is shaped simply to the profile of your iPhone. The Powermat 24 is compatible with the iPhone 4 or the Samsung 3.

A Duracell Powermat 24 kit will set you back approximately £64 and includes a spare battery comes with this set along with a plug in charger. You can buy the wireless charging pad on its own for approximately £32 at the official Duracell Powermat website.

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Nokia-Fatboy

Nokia Fatboy charging pillow

The tendency to treat our iPhones like a baby can certainly be applied to this novel wireless charger, as you simply lie your phone down gently on top of the pillow without the need to plug it in to anything and wake up to a fully-charged phone!

This little pillow charger comes in five colours that can be matched up to your bed sheets and taken to bed with you.

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This fun wireless charger will set you back about £60 and can be bought at Nokia.com.

WildCharge

Wild Charge Pad from Pure Energy Solutions

A relative newcomer to the wireless charger market, the Wild Charge Pad is the creation of Pure Energy Solutions, a company that prides itself on being a “green energy company.” This wireless charger provides 15 watts of output power and can therefore charge multiple devices simultaneously.  

What is particularly refreshing about the WildCharge Pad is that it is compatible with several phones, including older ones. Another refreshing aspect of this wireless mobile charger is its price – approximately £32.

You can buy the WildCharge Pad here.

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Oregon Scientific Alarm Clock and Wireless Charger

It’s not such a bad idea to have an alarm clock combined with your wireless phone charger to do away with all that clutter on the bedside table. The Oregon Scientific Alarm Clock and Wireless Charger charges all types of phones which are Qi compatible and even reads indoor and outdoor temperatures.

It’s certainly sleek and being the world’s first combination of clock and wireless charger, has to be described as innovative.

The cost of Oregon Scientific Alarm Clock and Wireless Charger is £89.99 and can be bought here.

Surface Pro – Battery Life Review Round-Up

surface-pro-battery-test As someone who still carts about a relatively hefty five year old Dell laptop, I’ve been itching to splash out on an Ultrabook or tablet-cum-keyboard for some time now. Initially I thought the Surface RT was the answer, but its lack of compatibility with the large plethora of non-Windows software I run, soon ruled it out. So, like a lot of others, I sat on my hands (or should that be wallet?) eagerly awaiting the Microsoft Surface Pro – with its promise of being able to run pretty much anything your traditional desktop can.

The good news is that, on the whole, initial hands-on reviews of the Pro have been positive – apart from one consistent gripe, the battery life. From my point of view, this is a key decider on whether I buy one. I want a device with iPad-like properties, where you can happily leave it on ‘standby’ for days and still watch a movie without running out of juice.

In order to try and get a full picture of how the Pro’s battery life stacks up, I decided to check out the hands-on battery tests so far. I’m a natural pessimist and therefore decided to focus on the worst case scenario, so the results in the table below are generally the minimum you can expect from the Surface Pro’s battery. The logic being that you should be pleasantly surprised to find it lasts a bit longer than you expected!

Surface Pro Battery Life Results

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Given those results, I think I’ll continue to sit on my hands and see the battery results if/when the Pro comes shipped with the next-gen Intel “Haswell” CPU, which, according to PCPro, promises to include ‘aggressive power management’ not just for the CPU but also the chipset and other internal components.

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New Sony CP-F1L and CP-F2L Li-ion polymer USB chargers

It’s both funny and frustrating how even your best love tech-gadgets can become lifeless hunks of glass and steel when they’re low on juice. I love my iMac, but when it went through a period of power management issues it was basically just a giant hunk of glass reflecting a man weeping and tearing his hair out. And my extensive smartphone use means I get a day’s charge from my iPhone if I’m lucky. That’s not a knock on any particular brand of smartphone – I’ve tested various brands over time and regardless of maker or OS my daily mix of music, podcasts, 3G streaming and text entry will wear down the best of batteries. When I was an iPhone 4/4S owner I had any number of battery cases stashed on my person – if a very long night was planned I would sometimes venture out of the house with two cases. But that’s a one size fits one solution – and with a current gap (a very deliberate pun) in the iPhone 5 battery case market it doesn’t help me in my day to day.

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Fortunately, hi-tech makers of almost everything Sony have released two Li-ion polymer USB chargers – the CP-F1L and CP-F2L. Sony have more than 20 years of Li-ion rechargeable battery manufacturing technology and expertise. If you need power on the go – for a range of devices – then you should read on.

Just 9.4mm thin and 125g light, the CP-F1L has a battery capacity of 3,500mAh, allowing smartphone users to recharge their phones 1.5 times with a high output of 1.5A. With an output of 2.1A, the CP-F2L offers an even higher capacity of 7,000 mAh in a 12.9mm thin body weighing 198g, and is capable of charging a smartphone up to 3 times. The CP-F2L also features dual USB output power ports so you can bring a friend.

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Both new chargers can be charged via either an AC adaptor or the USB port on a computer or notebook. The supplied AC adaptor also allows for simultaneous charging of both the charger and a portable device at the same time. A 50cm micro USB cable is provided with both models for convenient on-the-go charging.
The innovative Li-ion polymer battery in both chargers retains up to 80% of its charged capacity after a year, and can be recharged 500 times. They both come pre-loaded with about 50% charge, so if you can be saved from a tight spot from the moment you purchase one.

The new CP-F1L and CP-F2L portable USB battery chargers from Sony are available in Europe from mid-December 2012.

mophie duo and mini: Power for the 1%

I love shiny electronic devices, which is handy for a job reviewing shiny electronic devices. But they can be so demanding ,both on my attention span and on power levels. I’m often in rooms with people fretting over battery levels and oft-times constrained by their devices. I’ve heard “I’d love to … but I’ve only got 6% on my battery so I should probably head home.”

Mophie-Powerstation

However mophie have come to rescue my social life. Firstly they told me to stop wearing denim shirts. It hasn’t been the 80s for a very very long time. And it looked bad then. And secondly they’ve brought out two new powerstations, a duo and a mini; universal battery backup devices for your smartphone or in the case of the duo, your tablet too.

The mini is a compact little power house with enough juice to charge an iPhone one and a half times. And if you want to be the life and soul of the recharging party, you can rock the duo, which has two USB ports so you could charge two phones, or a tablet and phone together. Imagine the love you’d get in social settings as you boost your friend’s device. It could be the new “Hey need a light” method of meeting amazing new people.

“Our original powerstation has been incredibly successful due to its ability to charge virtually any portable device with a USB output, and we’ve been working aggressively to offer a wider range of solutions for those carrying USB-enabled devices,” said “The duo and mini deliver a huge amount of power and round out our juice pack universal line of external portable power solutions to keep consumers charged up when they need it most.”

Ross Howe, vice president of marketing at mophie.

The duo packs 6,000 mAh, just short of a full charge for the iPad one or two (6,600 mAh), or half charge an iPad 3 (11,560 mAh). They were both released yesterday and prices are £49.95 for the Mini and £89.95 for the Duo.

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation PRO: Peace of mind to for iOS addicts

iPhones, with their unassailable ability to make their owners pick them up and start fervently pawing the screen the same way monkeys zealously pick nits out of each other’s fur, have a tendency to run out of ‘juice’ somewhat prematurely!

If you’re anything like the millions of others who are somewhat addicted to caressing their iPhones all too frequently and thus draining the battery of life far too frequently, you may be interested in learning about the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation PRO.

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This highly rugged high-output battery backup means that you can recharge the love of your life even if you happen to be on top of Mount Everest, shipwrecked on Robinson Crusoe’s island or anywhere that’s nowhere near an electricity supply.

And with a 2.1A power and a 6,000 mAh battery, the Juice Pack Powerstation PRO can breathe life into more power-demanding of gadgets, such as the iPad or other tablets or any other gadget for that matter that takes a charge from USB.

With a rubber casing sheathed over an aluminium body, providing a watertight shield over the USB ports, and with an IP-65 rating that will protect against sand, dirt and dist, unlike many gadgets that flinch and wither at the first sign of water, shock or dirt, the Powerstation PRO is designed to resist all external shocks and potential damages that might be thrown at it!

The Californian-based company’s latest product is also capable of switching between 500 mAh, 1A, and 2.1A charge.

What’s more, with a high-output battery, changing is ultra fast, meaning we don’t have to patiently twiddle our thumbs as we wait for our favourite gadgets to be juiced to the max!

So how much would having peace of mind that we won’t be forced to endure the terrifying prospect of being without iPhone juice and being nowhere near a power supply? – £104.99…hmm could definitely be worth it.

Vodafone unveils designer phone-charging bag

Not content with merely sponsoring London Fashion Week, Vodafone UK have gone one step further and collaborated with British designer Richard Nicoll to produce a women’s tote bag that also doubles as a phone charger. The bag was revealed at LFW on Monday as part of Nicoll’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

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The designer, whose previous clients include Julianne Moore and Kylie Minogue, has solved a long-running issue for women everywhere, who need to use their smartphone or tablet while on the go, by merging style with practicality. “We wanted to create a collaborative product that fused fashion and technology,” Nicholl explained. “The recharging bag is especially relevant for my collection this season, because it’s about the notion of work and all its facets in modern times. Vodafone have helped bring this idea alive in a way that we never could have done ourselves.”

The bag charges items magnetically; users simply pop their phone or tablet into the bag’s inside pocket and attach it to one of the cables inside. These are retractable, so the phone can still be used while it’s charging. The bag holds enough charge to power a smartphone for a couple of days; once exhausted, it recharges using a magnetic charger attached to the outside of the bag.

A Bluetooth-enabled LED charm hangs off the bag’s strap and indicates when you have incoming calls, text, notifications, and how much battery life remains. While the design might not satisfy all tastes, the bag is manufactured using quality leather by British leather goods company Tusting.

Vodafone UK’s Director of Brand Marketing, Danielle Crook, said: “Our partnership with Richard Nicoll has resulted in a first for the fashion industry and a unique initiative for women everywhere who want to keep connected.” During LFW so far, Vodafone has kept attendees in touch by providing charging benches underneath the front row of each show; this bag takes that concept and applies it on a national scale. Next step: the phone-charging man satchel.

Proporta TurboCharger: Ludicrously useful

Proporta, gadget accessories specialist (they’ve got pretty much everything your wired-up heart might desire: cables, power solutions, protective cases and more), have recently announced the newest and best addition to its award-winning USB TurboCharger range.

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This ludicrously (love that word…) useful little product is a compact, high-powered rechargeable battery that charges from any USB port and allows you to juice up even the most power-hungry gadgets again and again, no matter where you are – yes, Summer 2012 festival goers, you may now address the good people at Proporta as your almighty saviours. Get this little beauty in yer Xmas stockings now.

The capacity of the latest Proporta TurboCharger is an impressive 7000 mAh, and it comes with two USB output ports, allowing you to charge more than one phone and iPad (and anything else that can be powered by USB) at the same time… awesome. Sorry, there’s not any other words for this thing. Really though, it’s probably the best thing since sliced… iPad?

The TurboCharger works with all leading mobile devices, from the iPod, iPad and iPhone ranges, to Blackberry, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, digital cameras and lots of other gadgets. An LED display shows the level of charge, and the TurboCharger comes with two retractable cables and a range of interchangeable connector heads. Best of all gadget fiends, it’s so lightweight (at about 175g) that you’ll barely even notice you’re carrying it.

This is a great accessory for anyone on the move – stop-outs et al. Indeed, whether it’s the world traveller who never wants to miss that vital photo opportunity, or the commuter who’s terrified of being stuck on the train without their iPhone 4S or iPad2. Quite literally, you need never run out of power again. Very nice Proporta. Very nice indeed.

Available now for £54.95 from http://www.proporta.com

Mophie launches the next generation of iPhone and iPod battery packs

We all know what a pain it can be when your iPhone or iPod runs out of battery when you are out on the road. Your heart sinks when you see you only have a few minutes of battery life left. With no access to a plug, you are forced to wait until you get home before you can recharge. However, help is at hand thanks to the clever chaps at Morphie, who have recently released a range of portable battery chargers ensuring you are never stuck for a boost of power when out and about again.

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Dubbed the Juice Pack Universal line, there are three different types of portable battery available; the Reserve, Boost and Powerstation. Why three different types? Well it all depends on how much energy each holds and the size of your budget…

The basic Reserve battery has a capacity of 700 mAh, and can give your iPhone or iPod that extra lease of life that is needed when you need a quick pick-me-up. The Reserve comes with a keyring that makes it convenient to carry around with you. Slightly more powerful is the Boost, which can charge your device up to 100% battery thanks to its 2000 mAh capacity. The Boost also comes with a stand for you to rest your device on whilst charging.

Finally at the top of the tree is the Powerstation, which as its name suggests, is the most powerful of the three battery chargers. With a energy happy 4000 mAh to its name, the Powerstation can not only handle iPhone and iPod charging, but will also cater for any USB-enabled device.

Having given each device the through testing it deserves, we can assure you they really are life-savers, you really will be able to wave goodbye to the days of dead-battery frustration. Never leave your home without one!

Available now from the Apple store.

For more information on Mophie’s range of products, visit www.mophie.com