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
Does your home have a lot of mobile devices? I mean a lot of them? Maybe you're a modern-day Brady Bunch, and every adult and kid has a phone, tablet, smartwatch, and external battery? Or alternately, do you run a bar or work for a gadget blog? Then you'll probably be able to find a use for the Yubi Universal USB Family Charging Tower Station With Surge And Overload Protection For... you know what, I'm running out of words here. They're big hunks of plastic with a ton of USB charging ports, and today they're cheap at Amazon.
You can grab the 24-port version of the tower for $31.99, a discount of about $8 off the regular price (don't believe the $99 "retail price," it's the typical Amazon vendor baloney). Read More
If our readers are anything like our writers, then there's a definite dearth of available USB chargers at their desks, nightstands, and hotel bedrooms. Here's a cheap way to charge a ton of devices quickly, on sale today from Amazon for just thirteen bucks. The EasyAcc 5-port adaptor will let you charge five phones, tablets, smartwatches, portable power packs, and what have you at once. With a power output of 40 watts and two 2.4-volt ports, it should be able to handle a few high-capacity gadgets as well.
The regular price is $17.99 (off of a "retail price" of $37, but these accessories are always inflated on Amazon). Read More
The Nexus 6 is big and fast and sharp, but my favorite feature is probably its Quick Charge capacity, which lets it charge up in a fraction of the time it takes older phones. The only problem is that this feature requires special charging adapters: one of them comes in the box, but the rest of the time you're stuck with the old charging rate. If you're in the market for an extra Quick Charge adapter, and you wouldn't mind charging a bunch of other stuff at the same time, check out this deal on the US version of Amazon. Read More
I don't need to ramble on for long to explain how having a wall charger with four USB ports is better than an alternative with only one. It's simple math, really. If you have multiple devices on your desk that all plug into a USB port (phones and tablets, generally), or you and co-workers find yourselves scavenging for free power outlets while traveling, a 4-port USB wall charger can ease your struggle.
EasyAcc currently has a white one on Amazon reduced from $29.99 to $12.99 (it's $13.99 in black). On the back, there's a folding plug that allows for easier storage. On the front, port 1 supplies 5V/1.3A, port 2 can handle 5V/1A, while ports 3 and 4 go up to 5V/2.1A. Read More
Andru is probably the most adorable power adapter in the universe. The bugdroid-inspired plug has movable arms, flexible antennae, and light-up eyes (blue means charging, white is for standby), making it a perfect desk charger and about 100 times more dynamic than the average power brick.
The 2.5" adapter has 5V/1A DC output, and normally costs $25 each for an Andru, Andru Dark, Andru Chill, or Andra (pink) unit. In preparation for holiday shopping (or just for fun, who knows?) PowerbyGen is offering all four variants together for just $65, about $35 off the normal price of a full set.
PowerbyGen doesn't specify exactly how long we can expect this deal to last, but if you're looking for a great small gift for a tech lover in your life, you can't go wrong with Andru. Read More
There's only so much you can plug into a wall socket at one time. It's pretty easy math: each one can hold one plug, though there are ways to twist this math to your favor. You could always get a surge protector, but if you're looking to provide power to things that all rely on USB, you might want something that takes up less space.
With a Vority 6-port charger, you can provide power to up to six devices from a single power outlet. The USB hub is small enough to fit at the back of a desk or on top of a PC tower.
The charger goes on Amazon for $39.99, but you can effectively get a 50% discount by entering the coupon code 8NZPPNOJ at checkout. Read More