Manufactures have been scaling back the included extras that come with hardware for a while now - you won't find included headphones or cases with any of the latest flagship phones. But you can generally rely on getting a USB cable and a wall-wart charger at least. Such is the case with the current Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. But if you have one, you'd better hold onto that charger like it's made of gold, because it might as well be.
Around these parts, we like our gadgets. Unfortunately, accumulating a couple of them leaves us regularly in need of juice. Power outlets become scarce after stepping outside the house, which is why it's worth picking up an external battery pack or two. Currently you can get an Anker Astro E5 15,000mAh battery pack for $49.99 from Amazon, but with a coupon code, you can bring that down to $35.99.
This external battery comes with two USB ports (5V/2A and 5V/1A), so you can charge two devices at once.
We all love new Nexus accessories right? After all, Google doesn't have a spotless track record with providing accessories for their own line of phones and tablets. Today, Google added one item to the lineup - a Nexus Charging Accessory. The don't-call-it-a-travel-adaptor accessory is a basic micro USB cable with a block, just as you'd expect.
For reference, the accessory is listed as a 1.8A adapter. The Nexus 5's stock adapter is 1.2A, the new Nexus 7's charger is 1.35A, and Samsung has been shipping 2A adapters of late.
On an Android blog like ours, you're accustomed to reading about the rechargeable lithium ion batteries crammed inside smartphones and the external battery packs that can pump juice back into them. Today we're shaking things up. The SkyRC NC2500 is the kind of accessory that can make keeping up with those AA/AAA NiMH batteries you may have lying in a drawer somewhere less tedious. Just pop your batteries in, install the Android app, and look at those charge levels go.
Smartphones are convenient, but keeping them charged is not. Charging cables get tangled easily and, despite being lightweight and portable, aren't all that useful on the go. External battery packs can provide a ton of juice when away from a power outlet, but if you forget to keep them charged, you might as well leave them at home. The JUMP Kickstarter project alleviates this issue by combining the two. Now your smartphone cable can double as your external backup battery.
It's not enough to charge your phone with a standard microUSB cable. No, it's best if it's plugged into something that looks like the Android mascot (obviously). That used to mean your most meaningful charging could only take place where a standard AC outlet was available via the lovable Andru. Well now you can show your Android love on the go with HoneyDru, a 2.0A car charger that looks like a certain platform logo from a few years back.
My dad uses a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the same one he's had for two years. Whenever I call him his first response is invariably, "talk fast, my battery is dying!" It's become his catchphrase. He's counting the days till he's eligible for an upgrade to a DROID MAXX. Until then, he would probably be well-served by the Anker Astro E4, an external battery pack with a massive 13000mAh capacity. It's available on Amazon for a reasonable $44, but apply the coupon code ANKERE4B (black) or ANKERE4W (white) to get it for $38.99 plus free shipping.
Andru, PowerbyGen's hit device charger based on our favorite robot, is unquestionably the most adorable adapter you'll ever see. Since his debut last year, Andru has been joined by white and dark versions and international accessories.
Today, PowerbyGen has expanded the family with Andra, a "more graceful" alternative to "her hunkier companions."
If you're familiar with Andru, you already know what you'll be getting with Andra: a pink version of the charger, with pose-able arms, a stand, and light-up eyes.
We're featuring this external battery charger for three reasons. One: it's a pretty neat piece of kit in its own right, with a huge 12000mAh capacity (4-8 charges for most recent Android phones) and four USB charging ports, three of which can be active simultaneously. Two: the manufacturer made some small but pertinent additions to the hardware design after receiving feedback from a knowledgeable customer. Three: at $40, it would be a pretty good deal even for a basic 1-port charger of this capacity.
Since the Nexus 10's launch, users have been itching to make use of the device's pogo pins. No word has yet emerged from either Google or Samsung about the dock we spied last Christmas or the pogo charger many assumed was in the works, but in mid-December, a thread sprung up on XDA opened by a person who claimed to have the fabled pogo charging cable in the works and nearly ready for sale.