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Nimble portable/wireless chargers review: Eco-friendly designs, but high prices for such low specs

Mophie is well known for both the quality of its products and the hefty price tag attached to them, so we were interested when we heard that a handful of its employees had splintered off to start a new, eco-mindful power accessory company called Nimble. With consumer cost-cutting recyclable packaging and a focus on renewable materials, we were curious to see if Nimble could disrupt the battery and charger status quo — a highly competitive market. Unfortunately, Nimble's specs and prices just can't beat the competition. 

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Mophie alums launch Nimble, a new eco-friendly accessory company

Mophie is a recognized name in the high-end electronics accessories space, and a few of the company's co-founders have just launched a new accessory brand called Nimble, with an eco-mindful twist: its products are made with more renewable and recyclable materials —bioplastics, hemp, and recycled water bottles — to reduce ewaste. From what we can tell, they don't sacrifice anything in style or function, either.

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[Deal Alert] ChargeTech 27,000mAh 85W/110V battery for $138.75 on Amazon ($46 off)

Not everyone has one, but for many of us, external battery packs are one of the only things that can keep us going on long trips. The perils of the modern life unfortunately include battery life limitations. It's nice to get a good deal on a battery, when you can, since they can be pretty expensive. That's why we're pointing out ChargeTech's 27,000mAh 85W battery. It doesn't have USB-C, but it does have two USB-A ports, and a sizable 85W output over the included 110V AC outlet. Best of all, it has a chunky coupon for $46 off, bringing the price down to a palatable ~$139.

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Review: RAVPower’s two solar-charging batteries are ready for your next summer trip

For many of us, an external battery pack comes in near the top of our accessory priority list. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, topping up your gadgets on the go can be important, and that need can extend into durations or locations that require a few extra features or added durability. So, for all you outdoorsy types prepping for summer trips, we're taking a quick look at two new RAVpower batteries. One is "waterproof," both are solar-powered, and they clock in at 10,000mAh and 25,000mAh respectively. 

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RAVPower AC 27000mAh 100W Power Bank review: Big battery, low power, good price

We spend a lot of time researching the gadgets we use, but often gloss over things when it comes to accessories. That seems to be especially true in the case of power, where most of us just sort of use whatever battery or charger we have on hand—convenience is the most important thing. But if you look into the matter, not all batteries are created equal. Thankfully, RAVPower's 27,000mAh, 110V AC-compatible battery has some decent specs in an inexpensive package, and we've got a coupon that makes it even cheaper.

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Mophie Powerstation AC review: USB Type-C, 22000mAh, 110 Volts, 100 Watts, $200

Just ahead of this year's CES, Mophie announced a massive 22,000mAh battery capable of spitting both 30W USB-PD over Type-C and 100W over a standard AC outlet, all in a relatively dinky 7.5" x 4.5" x 1.1" package. It even had what looked like a swanky gray fabric shell, so our interest was certainly piqued. The only real potential drawback we noted at the time was the price. $199.95 is pretty serious cash for a 22,000mAh battery.

Since then, the battery has been marked down to ~$125 on Amazon. Now that I've had a chance to play with one for a while, I can say that it's a great battery, but depending on your use case it might not be a great value. 

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[Update: Winners] Win one of 30 Tronsmart Presto 10000mAh portable battery packs or pick one up now with our exclusive coupon [US only]

We all need a pick-me-up now and then, and so does your phone. So if you've been looking to grab an external battery pack to keep things topped up, right now you have a chance to get one of 30 Tronsmart Presto 10000mAh portable batteries for free. And if a giveaway isn't quite your style, you can still pick one up at a 10% discount on Amazon via our exclusive coupon. Whatever you do, it's a win-win. 

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[Deal Alert] ZeroLemon starts its Prime Day sale early: battery cases, screen protectors, cables, and more up to 70% off at Amazon w/coupon

It isn't quite Prime Day yet, but that isn't stopping ZeroLemon from starting the party early. The company just tossed up sales for a ton of items, including a smattering of batteries, battery cases, screen protectors, cables, and chargers. Some items are even up to 70% off, though most of the more attractive items are between 20-50%.

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[Deal Alert] Anker PowerCore II 3x USB 6A 20000mAh dual input battery $34 after $10 off coupon code

If you've been waiting for a reason to pick up a big external battery, perhaps you should consider today's deal as a potential motivation. Right now we've got a coupon code that brings Anker's PowerCore II down to $34 over at Amazon. Not a bad price for something with a 20,000 mAh capacity that can charge over a pair of inputs at 4A, and spit 6A combined over three USB ports, with 3A max output per port.

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Sympathy for the PR agent, or: Someone is trying to sell a battery with a rubber band for fifty bucks

In this job I work with a lot of public relations people. Their task is similar to mine, but in the opposite direction: while the responsibility of tech journalists is to present consumers with information that helps them make buying decisions, PR agents are generally instructed to drive sales by getting the news out. There's nothing wrong with the profession itself, and I've known great PR agents and those who are not so great. But I often look across the professional aisle and feel profound sympathy for my counterparts on the corporate side of tech media.

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