Quick Charge is handy in just about any context, but it's especially useful in the car. With older phones on some roadtrips, using Google Maps navigation and streaming music at the same time actually made my battery power drop even as the phone was charging. With a Quick Charge-compatible car charger, that's no longer an issue. These upgraded chargers tend to be a little more pricey than their standard alternatives, but today Amazon has an Aukey-branded charge available for just $12.99. Add the coupon code 2P77G62C at checkout and you can take another $7 off the price, bringing it down to $5.99. Read More
USB Type-C is the future... but the future isn't here yet. Odds are pretty good that most of your electronics still use the Type-A cable standard (the usual rectangular USB port that we've all become accustomed to). So for the next few years, converter cables and adapters will be needed in the same way that we used to need converters between Mini and MicroUSB cable types. Unfortunately, that's going to be the case for the Nexus 5X - the only cable and charger in the box is the reversible Type-C at both ends.
That's in contrast to the more expensive Nexus 6P, which comes with both a Type-C-to-Type-C cable and a Type-C-to-Type-A cable, presumably specifically because it's more expensive. Read More
Android phones are beginning to cross over to USB Type-C for charging and data ports, notably with the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Other gadgets, laptops, and all sorts of electronics are also being equipped with the reversible port standard, but transitioning from the conventional USB ports (Type A, the rectangular shape) is going to make for some headaches over the next few years. If you and/or your family is stuck in the middle, check out this new car charger from Tronsmart: it uses both a USB Type-A port and a USB Type-C cable, and both of them are compatible with Quick Charge 2.0. Read More
Your phone shipped with a wall charger capable of pumping juice back into one device at a time, but there's a decent chance you have a couple more than one lying around. Want to charge several with one plug? You can. Read More
Do you want a killer discount on a Galaxy S6, and do you also happen to be in the market for a new T-Mobile phone? Then today is a good day to be you. The carrier is offering $80 off of any T-Mo version of the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6 with the checkout coupon "DEAL80OFF" (that's eight, zero, capital O, capital F, capital F). If you use the coupon with a Galaxy S6 you get a free car charger too, but we didn't have enough room to fit that in the headline.
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We have another good deal to share with you all today, this time on a Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger. The charger is an Anker branded unit on Amazon and the price is only $7.99 after entering the coupon code QPPAQPP5 at checkout. That's half off the normal retail price of $15.99 and every bit as good of a bargain as the last charger deal we posted.
The one unique feature the Anker model boasts is that the LED charger indicator changes colors depending on the output. When the light is blue it indicates 5V output and when it's green it indicates 9/12V output. Read More
Here's the thing about wireless charging: in its current form, it's a convenience. A perk, another skirmish in the eternal arms race of mobile specifications. It's nice. Wireless charging is great if you happen to sit at a desk or other stationary place, for hours at a time, and need to constantly refer to your phone. Coincidentally, that pretty much describes the entire working life of a gadget blogger, so the Tango wireless charger is great for me. Whether or not it will work for you, or be worth the considerable expense for what's basically a neat way to avoid plugging your phone in half a dozen times, will depend on how much you value that convenience. Read More
Everyone likes a good deal on a charger, and today we've got an Aukey 3-port USB charger with one Quick Charge 2.0 port, and two full 2.4A/5V ports (that's still 12W max on each) for a mere $12.49 after you put in the coupon code "ZP2ATZP2" during checkout. The typical price on this charger is $22.99, and it's not even been out a full month at this point, so this is quite a deal indeed.
Aukey's QuickCharge products are fully certified to meet Qualcomm's spec by one of Qualcomm's partners, so these are the real deal - not some fly-by-night operation. Read More
I don't think any computer I have ever owned has had enough USB ports to satisfy my needs. Mics, headsets, keyboards, cameras, cell phones, and this thing all demand access to my ports and there are simply not enough to go around.
That's why I'm so glad that USB hubs exist — They increase the number of connections at your disposal and keep your gadgets from fighting gladiator style death matches to determine who will take the last computer port (actually, that would be kinda awesome).
Alright, enough small talk, here's the deal. The Unitech Six Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub is on sale on Amazon for $19, down from its normal price of $31. Read More
Are you going on a trip soon and need some extra power to both your phone and your tunes? Then make a pit stop at Amazon first. Today the ubiquitous retailer is offering a discounted combo to US customers: a "ruggedized" and semi-waterproof Omaker M4 Bluetooth speaker plus a 5200mAh Omaker external battery for $31.98. That's $20 off of the retail price for both of them combined - you're basically getting the charger for free, and the speaker at a tiny discount.
To get the discount add both items to your cart. Make sure that you select the orange version of the speaker and the slightly cheaper black version of the charger, not the black + grey or black + yellow one. Read More