Battle of the Backup Batteries: Hands-on with Portable Power Chargers

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With every generation of smartphone — soon with quad-core superphones — comes bigger screens, faster GPUs and speedier network connections. This quite often results in shorter battery life. Not to mention all the googling, random fact checking, and tweets we’re punching out, battery life is a huge issue.

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Yill White Wheel: The True Mobile Office with Power to Go

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You know, I thought I was pretty good about the mobile lifestyle. Yes, I use a desktop as my primary computer, but thanks to services like Google Docs and Dropbox, I can pack up my laptop and work from just about anywhere with Internet access. The Yill, by Werner Aisslinger of Younicos, takes this concept to a new level.

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Voltaic’s new standalone mobile solar chargers generate 4 watts

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Voltaic has just released the Amp, Fuse and Switch, standalone chargers with solar panels that can produce up to 4 Watts of Power. With 4-5 hours of sun, or a day at the beach, their Lithium Polymer batteries can be fully powered and then used at anytime to charge a handheld device.

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Sprint Battery Boost portable power pack doubles as a card reader

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Technocel has just unveiled a new portable charger and micro-SD card reader for almost any device that uses a micro USB port. The Sprint Battery Boost is a little dongle that can fit on to your keychain, backpack, or purse, giving you access to a quick 1 hour of extra talk time just when you need it most.

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Arctic C1 mobile USB solar charger is so hot it’s cool

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Arctic cooling today unveiled their latest device to keep us powered up and ready to go, the Arctic C1 Mobile USB Charger with Solar Panel. It’s a USB powered unit that packs solar energy in to a 4400 mWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery which can also be charged via your notebook’s USB port by reversing the included cable.

The whole thing measures only 4.3 x 1.7 x 0.4-inches, weighs 52g, and ships with adapters for Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and Motorola phones. The neat thing about it is that it does have a USB port, so you can use your regular USB charging cable from your iPhone or iPod to power your gadgets and not worry about any adapters at all.

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Palm Pre Extended Battery Far from Ideal Solution

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Most of us will acknowledge that 3G smartphones can be real battery draws. This applies to the iPhone, G1, BlackBerry Bold, and so many more. We need to find ways to extend battery life, but I’m thinking this doctored solution for the Palm Pre isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Rather than sitting flush […]

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