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With over a decade under its belt, Android has built a long history as Google's mobile operating system. And in that history are dozens of little features, changes, and updates that have added, removed, or modified aspects of that OS in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. But for every new option Google brings to Android, we're probably forgetting one that been in there for years that we've simply not bothered to use in a while. And in some cases, these are pretty genuinely useful things!
Remember you can use two fingers to swipe down for quick settings? Screen pinning? Lock screen messages?
Jackery is best known for its line of giant portable batteries, most of which are capable of charging small appliances or computers, in addition to USB-powered devices. One of the company's smaller units, the Portable Power Station 160, is now on sale for $93.49 on Amazon. That's a discount of $16.50 from the usual price.
Whenever I'm shopping for accessories, I try to choose quality over quantity, always searching for one product to meet my needs while limiting bulk and clutter. Even still, I've somehow accumulated no less than half a dozen portable batteries, each chosen to top off a new device more quickly or to have access to just a bit more energy on lengthy camping trips. If you're in the same boat and you'd like one travel power bank to rule them all, you should check out Goal Zero's Sherpa 100 AC, which is currently available from Amazon for an all-time low of $224.96 after receiving a $74.99 price reduction.
Maybe we're all not traveling much right now, but you can never have too many portable batteries. No matter if you're prepping for a post-coronavirus vacation, or simply want to charge your devices away from a wall outlet, one of Aukey's 20,000mAh batteries is now just $28 on Amazon.
While there might not be a lot of traveling going on right now, portable batteries can still come in handy during power cuts and other situations. One of Anker's 20,000mAh units is now just $30 at Newegg, while the same battery currently goes for $50 at Amazon.
Buying a portable battery can be a tricky process, especially in the modern age of USB Power Delivery. With USB-PD being the finicky standard that it is, not all devices work with all chargers — a battery that is perfectly compatible with your phone might not charge your Chromebook at all.
Thankfully, for those of you looking wanting a battery that can quickly charge just about any device, Aukey's new Power Bank 26800mAh does the job nicely. We also had a peek at the company's smaller 10,000mAh model, which has a slower maximum charging speed but does add a Qi charging pad.
Portable batteries are more useful than ever, with the increasing number of devices most of us need to keep charged. That's why we've partnered yet again with Xcentz on a giveaway, and this time, we're sending out 15 portable batteries to our readers. We also have an exclusive coupon code, if you'd rather just buy one now.
Google Assistant started with native support for basic smart home products like thermostats and lights, but has since expanded to dozens more from locks to vacuums, cameras, kitchen appliances, bedroom furniture, and bathroom equipment. With today's addition of chargers, Assistant has upped its tally to 60 different product types.
Amazon is a tangled web of third-party chargers and no-name accessories, and finding reliable ones can be an irritating chore. Anker has always clawed their way to the top of the pile in terms of quality and in the instances where they haven't, their customer service is fantastic. Today, Amazon's offering up to 35% off cables, battery packs, car chargers, and wireless chargers if you're in the market.
Graphene has been dangled in front of us for over a decade as a new, magical material capable of solving all our technical problems, while steadfastly staying out of consumer products. It's a materials science fact with the mythos of science fiction, but it's finally percolating down into stuff you can actually buy, like this portable charger/battery. Made by a Chinese company called Elecjet, the Apollo Max promises 37Wh (10,000mAh) of capacity, 100W charging, 60W discharging, and a 19 minute recharge time. Unfortunately, that last claim is just science fiction.