It can really be a pain to recharge devices when the outlet is in the middle of your dashboard. Belkin’s Micro Auto USB Charger actually fits flush in your car’s lighter socket and is a single 1000mAh charger for iPhones and iPods. Out next month, it will set you back $15.00. A somewhat larger and bulkier Dual Auto Charger can handle 1A and 500mA and will take care of your portable GPS system or other electronics at a $30.00 price.
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It’s such a pain when it comes to recharging your cellie or MP3 or 4 player. The Body Strap is minute and easy to attach. It supports Nokia, Motorola, Samsung or any 5-pin mini-USB PDA Phone. Recharge the strap, which has a voltage of 5.0V and current of 500mA, by connection to your computer or USB adapter. Choose either black or white at the mini-price of $4.99 and wear it or attach to your backpack or hoodie when on the go.
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Next time you experience a black out, wouldn’t it be a fine thing to have someone to comfort you during the experience? The Duracell Powerpack 450 with Voice acts a a portable power source for laptops, cellies, GPS devices, small appliances and other electronics as well as a night light. The stand-alone works for AC, DC and USB powered devices. Best of all, the quiet powerpack talks you through jump starting your car or using its air compressor. Find it for ~$129.00, depending on the retailer.
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Who knew the Pottery Barn could carry something as nifty as the Bento Smart Storage? Made of MDF with a glass lacquer finish, and at a size of 8.5 x 9-inches, the recharging station has a hinged lid and a drop-down concealed powerstrip. It has 2 electrical receptacles, a telephone jack, a rj45 data jack and two USB ports. A surge protector is included in the device and a top shelf can hold your smaller gadgets. The Station comes in blue or white with a $69.00 price.
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Duracell is apparently trying to understand that there is a specific need for speed charging. Their My Pocket Charger needs two AA batteries that you load into the device, then connect to your MP3 player, cell phone or other electronic device and they rapidly recharge it. The portable power source comes with two of their Coppertop batteries and we found one of the iPod chargers at Comp USA for $19.99 after instant $3.00 rebate. We see a problem here in that you have to toss the batteries after they work their magic. Would that Duracell could stick to more environment-friendly products.
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If those AA batteries in your cell phone, PDA, or other mobile device are running low, the GearJuice Rescue Charger can help. Put one in its case and plug into your device for up to 15 minutes of additional power. The Mini-USB output and compact design makes it more versatile and portable. The device also features built-in overcharge, temperature, and short circuit protection. The Rescue Charger will set you back a mere $11.99, well worth the expense if you tend to forget to recharge your gadgets.
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The universal Solio can handle all your charging needs either by sun or wall plug. Use it on your MP3 player, digital cam, handheld game, cell phone, GPS, or Bluetooth headset. In an emergency, one hour of sun will provide about 25 minutes of talk time on your mobile phone or up to an hour of iPod tunes, and when it is fully charged it can handle a full charge on most phones and nanos. It comes with interchangeable power tips and offers extras for $10.00 each, while the device itself will set you back $99.95. You receive $10.00 off if you order it in pukey pink, proving once again that even girly girls don’t really prefer gadgets in that shade.
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Primarily known for providing various products to car manufacturers, Visteon has now ventured into the realm of car accessories. The in-vehicle wireless gadget sits in your cupholder, plugs into your car lighter socket, and can charge MP3 players, PDAs, cell phones, and digital cameras. It also contains an AI that can determine if the object to be charged is in close proximity and if it can be charged.
The device will be officially featured at next week’s CES 2007 where it has already received Design and Engineering honors. With the recent glut of cupholder products, we may get a bigger car just for all the new accessories.
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