Tag Archive for ‘Charger’

Satechi Launches Dual-Sided 2-in-1 USB-C Charger for Apple Watch and AirPods ➝

I have their Apple Watch-only model already, but this seems like a strict upgrade. I don’t have much use for it now, but when I start traveling for work again or if I do some traveling with my wife and son sometime this year, I might just pick one of these up.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger Is Useful, but Expensive and Underwhelming ➝

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

But I’m sorry to say that I find the whole thing a bit underwhelming after the hype of AirPower and its eventual demise. Apple may very well have had this thing planned the whole time that it was trying to make AirPower happen, but the arc of that story landing on this device is sad trombone indeed.

The MagSafe Duo does work, and there are a couple of engineering bright spots. But you will not feel that it’s worth the money by the time you purchase the $129 charger and the $19 20W power brick to go with it, and there are many third-party accessories on the market that do this job just fine.

I don’t understand who this is for. It’s not actually great for travel because two cables plus a power adapter is more compact than the MagSafe Duo plus a cable and power adapter. And if you’re looking for a charger for home, there are plenty of great alternatives. I’m a big fan of the Nomad Base Station, but there are countless options that are less costly and at least as attractive as the MagSafe Duo.

➝ Source: techcrunch.com

Twelve South PowerPic ➝

Chris Gonzales, writing for Tools and Toys:

The New Zealand pine frame holds any 5″ x 7″ photo and looks totally natural on your desk, bedside table, or fireplace mantle, unlike many chargers that stick out like sore thumbs. But it’s just as handy as the rest when you need it — just set your Qi-enabled phone against the photo and it immediately starts getting 10 watts of juice.

I have two of these, one in our living room and one in my office. I absolutely love it. It gives myself, my wife, or our guests the ability to top-off their phone without having to fiddle with cables or have any unsightly charging accessories out in the open.

➝ Source: toolsandtoys.net

Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim ➝

This has become the default charger for my 2018 MacBook Air, replacing the PowerPort Atom PD 1 I was using previously. The Atom III Slim is incredibly compact, matches the power output if the Air’s included charger, and looks quite slick. I wish that the USB-C port was pointed away from the wall when plugged in, instead of being adjacent to it, but the foldable plugs more than make up for that.

➝ Source: anker.com

Base Station Apple Watch Edition Wireless Charger by Nomad ➝

If I was buying a wireless charger for my bedside table, this is the one I would get. I have the standard Base Station, which is essentially this one minus the Apple Watch charging pad, and I absolutely love it.

This new model builds on Nomad’s previous Apple Watch Edition by adding a USB-A and USB-C charging port to the back. For the Apple product enthusiast, this single charger could be used to power an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch wirelessly and still have two ports on the back that could be used to charge an iPad and whatever other random device that needs charging.

➝ Source: nomadgoods.com

Anker’s Atom PD 1 Charger Ships This Month for $29.99 ➝

Nick Statt, reporting for The Verge:

Anker, once known as a leading accessory maker and now a multi-faceted consumer electronics company, hasn’t abandoned its roots as a supplier of some of the fastest and highest-quality chargers around. The company’s newest line of ultrafast chargers, the PowerPort Atom series, is set to start shipping its first device later this month, the company announced today during CES. The Atom PD 1, as it’s called, was originally announced back in October, but the product was ultimately delayed a few months. The company now says it should be available for the same price of $29.99 later in January, though a concrete ship date has not yet been set.

This looks like it’s going to be a killer product. And I couldn’t be more excited that it’s capable of powering my MacBook Air.

But I suspect the model coming out later — the PowerPort Atom PD 2 — is going to become my go-to charger while traveling. The PD 2 is a 60W charger with two USB-C ports, which will feel right at home inside of my tech bag that’s slowly transitioning to USB-C everything.

Anker PowerPort 4 ➝

I decided to purchase this four-port USB charger after spending a few nights in a hotel room for my wedding. With my purchases of an iPad Air 2 last year and an Apple Watch last fall, I now travel with three devices which charge over USB. But the hotel room didn’t have enough power outlets where I needed them to accommodate all of my single-port USB chargers.

I’ve been using this unit by Anker for a couple of days and it does the trick. I can charge my iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch at the same time with only a single power outlet. And when we travel on our honeymoon this summer we can also use it to charge her iPhone, if need be.

I’m not too keen on the LED that remains illuminated while plugged in. But it’s not bright enough to disturb me while sleeping and the positives vastly outweigh this one little annoyance. If you’re in the market for a multi-port USB charger, I highly suggest putting this one under consideration.

Apple Battery Charger ➝


On Tuesday Apple released an unexpected new accessory, a battery charger. The new charger comes with six rechargeable batteries and costs $29. The recharger is designed in the style of Apple’s other power adapters and works with any international adapters or extender cables that you may have already purchased for those other power adapters.

The new accessory is competitively priced when compared to other battery chargers and happens to draw ten times less energy during standby than the industry average.

I don’t have a whole lot of gadgets that use AA batteries — most of my devices feature built in rechargeable batteries. However, my household recently purchased a Nintendo Wii and with it a set of rechargeable batteries from Energizer for all those Wii remotes. It’s a little annoying that Apple decided to release this just a couple of weeks after I buy an ugly and much more power hungry recharger, but I guess I am happy that the Energizer battery charger that I purchased tells me how long until my batteries are fully charged. I’d still rather have purchased the Apple recharger but I’ll make do for now.

Also, why can’t any other company design batteries that look this good?