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A Smiling Backup Battery That Gets Sad When it Loses its Charge

We've come to rely on blinking dots and obscure icons to tell when a device's battery is low, but the human face is just so much easier to read and decipher. You wouldn't want to have to flip a baby over and check a set of LEDs to see if it was happy, so the expressive face on this Mr Pow backup battery reflecting its charge level just makes sense. Read More >>

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Bio-Organic Battery and Charger Combo Can Fully Charge in 30 Seconds

This video, which half the people on the internet seem to think is a fake, hopefully demonstrates the battery tech of the future. It's a bio-organic system that uses a battery full of 2.1 nanometer crystals to... make a phone work. Read More >>

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One Universal Phone Charger to Rule Them all by 2017?

"For everything there is a season, for every phone its own separate charger," to...paraphrase Ecclesiastes 3:1. But, Apple's Lightning connector be-damned, that could all change in the coming years, as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of a universal phone charger standard this week. Read More >>

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You've Been Wrapping Your MacBook Charger Wrong This Whole Time

Did you know there's a right and a wrong way to wrap your MacBook charger? Curl it up in a ball, and it'll probably break eventually. But wrap it like you see in the picture above, and it's going to last a whole lot longer. Read More >>

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£8 and a Random Charger Bags You an Official Apple One

Apple's confirmed that its charger amnesty is go in the UK from August 16th, if you've got some dodgy Chinese knock-off USB charger, £8 will bag you a shiny-white Apple one. Not a bad deal for the 12W Apple iPad charger, if you can blag one of those. [Apple via 9to5Mac] Read More >>

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You Should Be Able to Trade In Any Old USB Charger For an Apple One

After all the reports of people seemingly being electrocuted by fake Apple chargers, Tim Cook and crew have decided to start operating a charger amnesty. Bring in any old USB charger with your iPhone, iPad or iPod and Apple'll sell you a shiny-white Apple one, for £6.50. Read More >>

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Apple Tells You How to Stop Getting Electrocuted by Faulty Chargers

Although not technically Apple's fault, the death of a Chinese flight attendant (who had purportedly been electrocuted by a third-party iPhone charger) has prompted Cupertino to create a site meant to help consumers recognise 100 per cent genuine, actual Apple-approved chargers. Read More >>

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You Can Now Power Your Phone With Your Pee

It's not like you're going to run out of urine anytime soon, so why not use it for something useful like charging your phone? That's exactly what researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have managed using fancy microbial fuel cells. Read More >>

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Vodafone's "Power Shorts" Wearable Charging Tech is This Year's First Festival Gag

For some odd reason, the arrival of the summer festival season always triggers a wave of crap jokes and weird charging solutions from the mobile makers, as they attempt to attach themselves to the fashionable lifestyles of those who attend the UK's traditional outdoor binge-drinking marathons. Read More >>

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The MacBook's Most Underrated Feature

Next week, it's very likely we'll see a fresh round of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. They'll be a little faster, and maybe a little prettier. But it's unlikely that any new addition to Apple's laptops will be as awesome as the MagSafe. Seven years after Apple made the best laptop charger on the planet, no one else has made anything even half as good. Because they can't. Read More >>

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How the US Army Fit a Suitcase-Sized Battery Charger into a Shoebox

Nothing's worse than a dead battery—except maybe if you run out of juice while on patrol in the backwoods of Afghanistan. But until now, US and British forces have had to lug around a huge and heavy charger. Not any more.A US Army research division has just shrunk a mobile charging station small enough for any soldier to carry on assignment. Read More >>

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Finally Someone Stepped Up and Designed A Way To Not Lose MagSafe Adapters

The £9 MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter is annoyingly expensive, but it's better than buying new gear. And now for £12 you can adopt an annoyingly expensive, but ingenious way to keep track of the tiny dongle. It's the Apple way. Read More >>

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Scosche's CoverCharge Doubles the USB Ports On Your iPad Charger

If you travel with an iPad you really have no choice but to bring along its bulky wall wart for charging. But thanks to Scosche's new CoverCharge, you can now at least leave your phone's charging cube at home to save some space. Read More >>

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McDonald's Adding Free, Wireless Electric Sauce to its Menu

If you're trusting enough to leave your £36-a-month smartphone resting on a table in McDonalds while you guzzle down some meat and bread, there's about to be a good reward for doing so -- free electricity from embedded tabletop wireless chargers. Read More >>

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Turns Out We Have Got Enough Phone Chargers in the Metaphorical Kitchen Drawer

Hilarious observational comedian Michael McIntyre has been proved right by O2 and HTC's decision to offer the HTC One X+ without a charger in the box. No one wants another charger. We have reached mobile phone charger saturation point. The kitchen drawers of the nation are indeed heaving with cables and plugs, as was foretold by the chubby funnyman. Read More >>

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Scosche Now Has Lightning Accessories for Damn Near Any Situation

Think about anything you need to do regarding your gadget charging needs. Need to power an iPhone 5? What about a fourth-gen iPad? An Android phone? Some weird gadget with a strange USB port? Need to charge at home? In the car? Hate tangled cables? Scosche has addressed all of these scenarios with its latest line of charging accessories. Read More >>

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