The next featured gadget in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide is the Twelve South PlugBug. It's a device that's so simple that it's hard to believe no one has come up with this until now. The PlugBug snaps onto your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air wall charger, giving you a powered USB port in the process. The results? You can then charge both your Apple notebook, and a USB device (like an iPhone or iPad) at the same time, using just one outlet. Genuis! This means that when you're on the go, you can carry one less charger, and you'll have one less outlet to try and find. You can get the PlugBug on Amazon for $34.
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We wish that other places were as up to date technologically as Europe. Sony Ericsson, Nokia, RIM, Apple and other companies have joined with the European Union to standardize a universal USB cell phone charger next year. Not only will it be easier to only have one charger, it will be good for the environment. Phones built with the new standard in mind should start hitting European shelves next year.
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Charge your cell phones via USB with the 2-in-1 Multi-Cellular Phone Charger. It has its own built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery, is retractable, and is compatible with Nokia I (3.5mm), Nokia II (2mm), Samsung, mini 5 pins and Sony Ericsson phones. At a size of 62 x 63 x 23 mm, the yellow, pink or orange charger has an LED light for nighttime usage and a price of $13.00.
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This Charger and Speaker Dock is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano 3G. The docking station, which is also compatible with other players with a 3.5-inch plug, works either vertically or horizontally and can be powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) or AC. It has a 4 speaker array and power and volume buttons. The Charger/Dock will set you back $61.56.
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Thrustmaster has come out with two new accessories for the DSi. The T-Standee Charger is a multi-position docking station for the game system that will charge while it is being played. The charger will be out this June at a price of $12.99. The T-Strap Charger is a wrist strap with safety slider with charging case for both the Dsi and DS Lite that hooks up to a USB port. It should be out this month with a $7.99 price.
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Get your green on with Kinesis Industries’ gadget that can charge your cell phone or MP3 player by either solar or wind power. The K3 is heavy duty, weatherproof and can provide 30 minutes of talk time or 300 minutes of music after one hour. When full, it can charge a cell phone about 5 times and an iPod or other player about 10 times. It has a USB port built in with various adapter tips and an inside space for storing them. Due out in June, contact Kinesis for price and more specifications.
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We have shown you a ton of iPod shuffle 3G accessories that are mostly in-line headphones, docks or basic speakers, so it is nice to find something unique. Dexim’s Shu-Lip can charge your music player via USB 2.0. Compatible with both PC and Mac, it is made of aluminum, can sync with iTunes and comes at a price of $9.90. Contact Dexim for more information and availability.
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Nokia cell phone owners, take a look at the KIT Eco Charger. The device is so clever that it turns itself off automatically when your phone is fully charged. A spokesperson from the Carphone Warehouse claims that if everyone used one there would be a savings of about 300,000,000 kWh of electricity per year in the UK. Imagine what it would be worldwide. We think that’s a good start for £23 (~$33.00) and that KIT should expand their line with chargers for other phones.
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Here’s a neat little universal, simultaneous charger. The IDAPT I3 P3nk fits most MP3 players, digital cameras, game consoles, PDA, GPS and Bluetooth devices, including iPhones, iPods, Blackberrys and phones from Nokia, SonyEricsson, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. With 6 included interchangeable tips and at a size of 16.9 x 13.5 x 3.2cm and a weight of 286g, it is ergonomically designed and energy-saving. Available for €49.95 (~$65.00,) if the Pepto Bismol pink is too much for you, the IDAPT also comes in black or silver.
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Powermat combines a super-thin mat and receiver to wirelessly charge 3 to 6 electronic devices, all at the same rate as their own chargers. Using magnetic induction, there are a dozen different receivers that will work with phones, PDAs, headsets, MP3 players, handheld games, GPS units, laptops, batteries, cameras, and more. For example, the one for home use comes with a storage tray and can handle up to 4 devices and has a USB port to charge a fifth. A fall debut is expected, so sign up on their site if you would like to be notified when the Powermats become available.
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