Get 30% off this MFi-certified cable with Lightning, 30-pin and micro-USB

By iDB Deals on Apr 22, 2015

While we’re all iOS fanatics at iDownloadBlog, the reality of today’s tech world is that we all use so many different devices. That means we need different chargers to keep all our devices running. New iOS devices use Lightning, old Apple devices use the 30-pin connector, and if you own practically any non-iOS devices (Android and otherwise), you’ll probably need a Micro-USB cable. With the Tego 3-in-1, you can get all three in one convenient, high quality cable. Plus, our deal gives you 30% off with free shipping. Read More

 

Athlete shows off Apple Watch with custom red Sport Band and folding charging plug

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

With such a high-profile launch of a new-category (fashionable) gadget on its hands, little wonder Apple is admittedly enlisting help of the world’s top fashion editors, celebrities and athletes in an unprecedented attempt to position the gizmo in the public’s consciousness.

The latest in celebrity Watch signings came via British professional rugby player and captain turned cyclist, Will Carling.

Earlier today, Carling on Twitter showed off his stainless steel Apple Watch sporting what appears to be a bespoke red Sport band. Read More

 

NomadClip adds carabiner-style charging to your pocket

By Jim Gresham on Apr 15, 2015

I travel a lot. Not necessarily on vacations mind you. I just mean, I’m out and about on a daily basis, gone for side family visits on the weekend, and fly on a somewhat regular basis. Consequently, my daypack is always stuffed with cables for my gadgets, iPhone, iPad, backup battery charger, Bluetooth headphones and the like.

Naturally, there is some overlap there with the Lightning cable, but sometimes you need to charge the iPhone and iPad simultaneously. More importantly, my daypack is made for lightweight daily stuff and every time I cram one more even small item, it gets filled. Thankfully, I’ve added Nomad’s NomadClip to the mix and I can store my charging cable on my belt clip, outside of the bag, and many other non-backpack locations. Read More

 

Great deal: massive 22,400 mAh battery pack for $40

By iDB Deals on Apr 9, 2015

Get your hands on the ultra-powerful Innori Portable Battery Pack and never be without a charge ever again. Packing a massive 22,400 mAh capacity and 3 USB ports for simultaneous charging, this is the ultimate battery pack for the man or woman on the move. At just $40, this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on a portable battery of this capacity. Read More

 

Great deal: ZeroLemon Solar Chargeable 10,000 mAh Battery for just $26

By iDB Deals on Apr 4, 2015

After the massive popularity of the 20,000 mAh ZeroLemon SolarJuice battery at iDownloadBlog Deals (which is still available), we’re now happy to offer its lighter, smaller cousin at half the price: the 10,000 mAh SolarJuice battery pack is just $26 at iDB Deals now. Read More

 

Cool deal: get 34% off the ChugPlug portable MacBook charger

By iDB Deals on Mar 24, 2015

If you frequently use your MacBook on the road, you’re familiar with the stress of planning out your battery usage just-so, fighting for that seat next to the outlet at Starbucks, or having your MacBook run out of battery just before you’re finished with what you’re working on. With ChugPlug, you can relieve that stress – at least for a few extra hours.

The ChugPlug for MacBook is a portable charger that plugs directly into the power-block of your normal charging cable. Delivering 3 to 4 hours of extra power, anyone who finds themselves in need of extra juice should consider this relatively small, lightweight power pack. With our deal at the iDownloadBlog Deals store, you can get it for 34% off. Read More

 

Good Deal: 38% off the BatteryBox portable MacBook + mobile charger

By iDB Deals on Mar 13, 2015

If you are anything like us, your MacBook is an essential part of your life – powering your work, arranging your social life and, in some case, providing our livelihoods. Losing power is often simply not an option, which is why you need the brand new BatteryBox Macbook charger.

This unassuming little beast (smaller than a soda can) stores enough power for 13 hours of extra battery life for a MacBook Air and 7.4 hours with a MacBook Pro. The charger is made specifically for MacBooks, with a custom cord already fitted to the unit that will work all MacBooks made after mid-2012 with MagSafe 2 Connector.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t charge other things too – there’s a spare USB port for all of your power needs. You can use them both at the same time to charge multiple devices. Read More

 

iDB Deals: big discounts on charging accessories

By iDB Deals on Feb 7, 2015

With great power, comes great responsibility, and with these great charging deals from iDB, you’ll be able to keep your device at 100% wherever you are. This roundup includes a whole variety of deals on charging gear for your iOS devices – all from the iDB Deals store. Included below are big discounts on everything from external battery packs and a 10-foot MFi cable to a bundle of Quirky accessories… plus a few more! Read More

 

Review: PlugBug World by Twelve South, the versatile little charger Apple should have made

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

Aren’t you sick and tired of those unsightly, clunky wall chargers lying underneath your desk? I’m all for simplification so solutions that cut down the number of power adapters needed to juice up my devices are bound to win my attention.

Twelve South’s PlugBug World is a cute hybrid charger which connects to any MacBook brick or Apple USB wall charger.

By integrating an additional 2.1-Amp USB port, this compact accessory can quickly recharge any iOS device, or a lower-powered USB device, while feeding power to a MacBook at the same time.

Continue reading as I let you in on the PlugBug’s little secrets, such as its cunning adaptability, versatility and smart design choices that make it stand out from other products and turn it into an indispensable companion in your mobile arsenal. Read More

 

CES 2015: a true wireless charging system beams power to gadgets from 20 feet away

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

At CES, Energous presented a true wireless charging system that beams power to devices through the air, from 20 feet away, Engadget reported.

They’re calling it WattUp and it uses a proprietary solution that got demoed at CES yesterday.

The technology is ready for seamless integration into a common residential setting, providing the ability to charge a multitude of devices free of any wired connection or charging pad. Read More

 

Trusted analyst doesn’t expect reversible Lightning cable and redesigned charger to ship with iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2014

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo in a note to clients issued Monday postulated that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 is “not likely” to ship with a more powerful power adapter.

Furthermore, he made the same assertion regarding the rumored Lightning cable which recently leaked out with reversible design on the USB side.

According to the analyst note obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo thinks the fully reversible Lightning cable would not be viable, citing “cost concerns” and ”limited improvements to overall user experience” that such changes would bring. Read More

 

Apple awarded new patent on wireless charging

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2014

We don’t know if the upcoming iPhone 6 is going to feature wireless charging technology or not, but we do know that Apple is working on it. The Cupertino company has been awarded multiple patents on wire-free charging tech over the years, and today we’re adding a new one to the stack.

The USPTO granted Apple the rights to a new invention this week based on NFMR (or near-field magnetic resonance) technology. NFMR is different from the inductive charging tech used by most manufacturers these days, as it’s capable of wirelessly charging devices up to one meter away… Read More

 

NomadPlus turns your iPhone charger into a 1,500 mAh backup battery

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Boy, that new anti-iPhone Samsung ad titled “Wall Huggers” really struck a nerve, didn’t it? Blame it on Apple: the iPhone is frequently criticized for its battery life which isn’t abysmal at all though you’d be hard-pressed to argue that its ~1,560 mAh battery is a match for high-end Android devices that go beyond 3,000 mAh, such as LG’s G3 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.

Feeling your pain, lo and behold, Nomad has created a nice solution to your battery woes. Their new NomadPlus accessory transforms your iPhone’s charger into a portable 1,500 mAh battery for backup power… Read More

 

Duracell installing wireless Powermat chargers in Starbucks stores

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2014

Duracell and Starbucks announced today that they have reached a partnership that will see wireless chargers installed into several Starbucks stores. The chargers will use Duracell’s Powermat technology, which works with a number of devices—including iPhones.

Stores will be equipped with ‘Powermat Spots,’ which are designated areas on tables and counters where customers can place their devices to charge wirelessly. Starbucks believes this will be far more convenient for its customers than having to hunt down outlets… Read More

 

Review: the iQi wireless iPhone charger

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 29, 2014

Wireless charging has long been one of technology’s Holy Grails. Being able to charge your devices without them having to be tethered to a power outlet would undoubtedly change the way we work, but seeing as we’re still quite some ways away from having electricity beamed to our smartphones and tablets, we’ll have to make do with the next best thing – charging plates.

Many phones support what they like to call wireless charging, but as the pedantic amongst us would point point out, that’s not strictly accurate. After all,  that charging plate still needs a wire! Get beyond that hangup though, and wireless charging is actually pretty cool even in its current state. Putting your tablet or smartphone on a pad and having it start charging is impressive enough, but unfortunately Apple still isn’t up for it. Neither the iPad nor iPhone support wireless charging out of the box, and existing third-party solutions need big cases that come with the required technology built-in, which is far from ideal. Wireless charging should get out of the way, not make itself unmissable.

Enter the iQi wireless charging adapter… Read More

 

BlackBerry CEO calls iPhone users ‘wall huggers’ due to poor battery life

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2014

BlackBerry’s newly appointed CEO John Chen isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers. Last month he penned an open letter regarding T-Mobile’s ‘ill-conceived’ iPhone promotion, and this past week he went after the iPhone users themselves.

Speaking at the Oasis Montgomery conference, Chen was asked for his thoughts on the surging popularity of the iPhone. And his response was ‘I call you guys wall huggers,’ suggesting the handset is unable to last a full day on a single charge… Read More

 

Users complain of Lightning cable issues due to corrosion

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2014

Apple has been taking criticism for its new Lightning connector since it was introduced alongside the iPhone 5 in 2012. The change instantly made millions of cases and other accessories incompatible, forcing users to either buy updated products or do without.

Those complaints have since spilled over into the Lightning cable’s durability, with the Apple Store showing a 1.5 star rating of the cable on over 1,200 reviews.  Apparently the cable is vulnerable to breakage, fraying, and according to a new report, corrosion as well… Read More

 

Good deal: 75% off this pocket-sized USB battery pack

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2014

One of the most popular tech gifts and/or stock stuffers, this past holiday season was the portable USB charger. I know I included one in my Holiday gift guide, simply because they’re small enough to take with you when you’re on the go and very convenient.

But for those of you who didn’t score a new portable USB charger this Christmas, you may be interested to know that Stack Social is running a deal on the Keychain Power Bank. For a limited time, you can grab the 2600mAh battery pack for less than $15… Read More

 

Mophie introduces new ‘Space Pack’ iPhone case with built-in battery and storage

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 2014

Mophie added a new edition to its family of popular Juice Pack iPhone cases today. It’s called the Space Pack, and just like Mophie’s other cases, it features a built-in battery that can essentially double your iPhone’s battery life.

But what really stands out about this new accessory is that it also features built-in storage. That’s right, the Space Pack supports a number of different file types and can increase the capacity of your iPhone 5/5s by 16 or 32 GB… Read More

 

EU lawmakers drafting legislation that could force Apple to change its Lightning plug

By Cody Lee on Dec 20, 2013

EU lawmakers agreed yesterday to draft legislation that will force all mobile phone manufacturers to consent to the use of a common standard for battery chargers which can fit any device. The draft could be voted on by the EU Parliament as early as March 2014.

While many see this as a huge win for consumers, who would no longer have to purchase new charging accessories for different devices, it would be a huge blow to Apple. The company uses a propriety plug, the Lightning connector, in all of its iOS product lines… Read More

 
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