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Charging all your Android and other gadgets has become decidedly less complicated over the years with the rise of USB Type C and USB Power Delivery. Deciding which charger to buy, though, can be a bit of a headache: there are endless brands, supported outputs, and form factors to consider. We've put together a list of the chargers we think combine the best of all worlds: good output, compact form factors, reputable brands, and strong value. Here are our picks.
Whether you're puttering around town, traveling for a work conference, or hanging out at a public event, the last thing you ever want to see is your phone battery dipping below that 20% mark. For these cases when you don't have a wall charger handy, you need a reliable portable battery that packs enough power to recharge your mobile devices not just once, but multiple times, if necessary. To help you find the best of the best, we've put together a list of our five favorite USB-C Power Delivery charging banks that can top off all your gadgets on the go.
There are a ton of smart devices in your life. The first one that comes to mind may be your smartphone or your computer, but what about all the other gadgets you use every week, like your wireless headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and rechargeable mice, just to name a few? Despite the tech industry's slow shift toward adopting a USB-C charging standard, the truth is that many of your devices have a variety of hardwired connections: Micro USB, USB-C, and even Apple's proprietary Lightning port. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a single charging cord that could replace that wad of wires unceremoniously shoved in your bedside nightstand?
I have never thought of power strips as sexy or gorgeous. To me, all power strips were unavoidable tools that did their job while hiding behind a desk or under a cabinet. The fact that they all looked like cheap pieces of plastic was a necessary evil, a price to pay for their convenient functionality. But that all changed when I saw the Woodie Hub project on Kickstarter.
The Woodie oozed class in a modern and minimalistic way. This was a power strip you could display on your desk, a table in your living room, a bedside table, without it sticking out in the décor like a sore thumb.