Even though external battery packs are nothing new these days, I still get excited over them. Especially when they feature something new or slightly different. Yeah, you can call me lame, but with all the energy I use up during the day, external battery packs are completely necessary.
I like to streamline my gear as much as the next minimalist, but there is a benefit to owning multiples of certain products. Power/data cables for mobile devices? You never want to run out of those. Speakers? Yeah, it’s cool to have a personal, portable one as well as a big, room-rocking unit. Bags? Absolutely.
With so many portable chargers on the market, it’s not often that one actually catches my attention for being unique. Such is the case for the Waka Waka Solar Powered Charger + Light. The charger itself is pretty standard: after being charged itself, it can power your smartphone and provide light; however, the Waka Waka has a humanitarian concept behind it that makes it a charger I can get behind.
Samsung exhibited a lot of pluck when going on record to announce the futuristic Galaxy Note Edge smartphone and even more experimental Gear VR… thing would be available for sale stateside by the year’s end.
By now, you might have a small collection of USB cables and wall adapters from all the mobile devices you’ve ever purchased. Power needs have changed quickly over time. It used to be that 5V/1A was good enough for just about everything, but that’s not really the case anymore. Bigger and more power-hungry smartphones and tablets have demands that reach up to 2.4A.
With all the gadgets and devices we own and use today, one can’t really go anywhere without a reasonable means to carry it all. Even a single jeans pocket is insufficient for the latest large-screen smartphones, let alone tablet, portable speaker, cables, and anything else. Besides, who wants to wear pants that bulge like that anyway?
Casio’s CTK-2400 ups the ante on all counts. Its 61 keys give an (admittedly) hobbyist/amateur keyboardist like myself more than enough room to cover the musical spectrum. And beyond the sampling capability, it comes with the full compliment of Casio functions that make the company’s line of inexpensive ($169.99 MSRP, but you can easily find one for under $100), all-in-one (speakers and amplification included for true portability) keyboards so appealing and such a great value.
External battery packs are ubiquitous these days. It’s not an easy market, that’s for sure. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, capacities, and even colors. Smarter and more ambitious manufacturers have been adding more features or employing clever design in order to draw consumer attention. And, honestly, it works.
Earlier this year at CES 2014, Braven unveiled its BRV-Bank, the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled external battery pack. It’s designed rugged and waterproof, perfect for those with outdoor lifestyles. On top of that, the Braven BRV-Bank is packaged with a non-weenie flashlight. For serious! At CES, the BRV-Bank was only in a display case, but I recently had the chance to check one out in person.
If you haven’t noticed, booq has been on a roll for releasing some fantastic, high-quality bags. In fact, you might have been thinking how your current backpack or messenger has been looking a little dated and worn. Technically, we’re still in that back-to-school “season” so it’s totally ok to consider a professional upgrade. Hey, appearances count, right?
Kevo has been out for over a year, and thousands of users everywhere have been able to enjoy keyless entry. Why fish around for a key to unlock your front door when your mere presence can do the same? Technically, it’s a Bluetooth-enabled mobile device, but lets consider it one and the same. With this kind of success and innovation, it’s a wonder why more Bluetooth locks haven’t hit the scene. No more awkward fumbling.
Although I’m not an Apple user, I greatly admire the thought and design that go into Apple’s best products. They look good, what can I say? While many accessories out there complement and flow with Apple’s svelte designs, some do it with jaw-dropping effect. One of the most recent examples of mobile brilliance comes from Nomad with their NomadPlus battery upgrade for Apple wall chargers.