HyperGear Dual USB Battery Packs – Peace of Mind On the Go January 11, 2018

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Being off the grid might sound like freedom for some, but it’s a big pain in the tuchus when you’re in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone. It’d be a great predicament to IG or tweet to followers, but, oh wait– the phone’s dead! Seriously mobile devices are notorious for getting stuck somewhere, low on power and without an outlet. Nope, not a good time to be off the grid. That’s why HyperGear’s Dual USB Portable Battery Packs with Digital Readout are heaven-sent in a pinch.

Available in 8000, 12000, 16000 and 20000 mAh, these high-capacity portable power stations are shockingly lightweight for the charging power they dish out. They all feature a well-lit, numeric power level indicator, so there’s no guessing how much juice is left. The dual USB ports are engineered with Smart Chip Technology, able to gauge and adjust exactly how much power to give the devices– and adjust accordingly– for fast n’ furious and simultaneous charging.  Plus, since no one (that I know of, anyway) likes to wait for their charger to recharge, all the units are built with 2A micro USB input ports that madly suck up fresh power in half the time it takes 1A adapters. The Dual USB Battery Packs’ housing have a sleek, two-toned, matte-gloss finish, so not only do they look more expensive, they feel great in your hand. Made with quality stuff and drop-kick-tested for superior quality, all of these Battery Packs slip easily into a pocket or backpack, ready to bolt.

But, which one to get? This might help:

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If you’re a daily road warrior with a smartphone that keeps flirting with death before you get home, check out the Dual USB 8000mAh Battery Pack. Yes, it’s small, and yes, it’s light, but it can charge a phone (1A) and tablet (2.4A) from empty to full, simultaneously, with plenty of juice to spare.  Put it another way, it’ll charge a smartphone up to 3 times before needing refueling. $34.99.

dual usb 12000 battery pack

For those who want a little more juice between recharges, check out the robust Dual USB 12000mAh Battery Pack. Weighing in at a lean 10½ ounces, this sleek welterweight delivers the same simultaneous double charge as the 8000, but can go a further distance, able to power a smartphone up to 4 times before needing to reenergize.  It can also fully feed an iPad mini twice or an iPad Air once. $39.99.

dual usb 16000 battery pack

Stay amped for the duration with HyperGear’s reliable, portable Dual USB 16000mAh. Created for emergencies, epic parties and long journeys, this mighty mobile power station houses enough energy to charge smartphones, tablets and notebooks, and power two devices simultaneously– from depleted to chock full– 8 times in a single charge. $44.99.

dual USB 20000 battery pack

Travel safely with plenty of power when using the mammoth Dual USB 20000mAh. Mighty enough to deliver a massive output of power and quickly charge multiple devices, but secure and compact enough to be taken on airplanes, the 20000 is ready for the long haul, to keep you charged and connected.  Capable of rapid charging devices from drained to full up to 10 times, you’ll always be filled to the brim with power. $54.99

For staying charged on-the-go wherever life takes you, and never, ever worrying about a dead phone, again, pick up the HyperGear Dual USB Portable Battery Pack that best fits your lifestyle. Then get another one for someone else and put it under the tree. And keep on tweeting.

 

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USB Power Delivery – The Future of Fast Charging is Here January 8, 2018

Discussions keep popping up about all the different breeds of chargers in the mobile tech ecosystem: USB 3.0, Micro USB, USB-C, Qualcomm Quick Chargers, wireless chargers. That said, USB-PD, one of the more recent entries, seems to be the cream rising to the top, and for good reason.

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USB Power Delivery is a charging technology that uses USB-C cables and connectors to deliver higher levels of power to your devices. There are four huge benefits to USB-PD:

  1. It charges way fast, capable of powering a device up to 70% faster than standard charging.
  2. It tears down the walls of limited charger capability, and the same USB-PD charger can efficiently power everything from a headset to a smartphone to a powerful laptop– up to 100W!– negotiating just the right amount of voltage and current required for optimal charging. This eliminates the need for a separate power brick for each unit, not to mention clutter, e-waste and outlet shortage.
  3. USB-PD is a single charging standard that’s compatible with any device and works seamlessly with other USB formats. That’s a welcome change in a world where each new smartphone brings with it a new charger. It’s a valuable future-proof option to have. In stark contrast, the closest competitor, Quick Charge 3.0, can muster up to 60W and is only compatible with a handful of devices. USB-PD, as stated, works with all.
  4. With the USB-PD standard, power flows in both directions, so it’s possible to share power between both host and peripheral devices. For example, plugging into the USB-C port of both devices, you could charge your friend’s phone with your own. And, as it needs no proprietary gear to deliver a charge, you can even plug your big ol’ backup HDD– which normally needs an external power source– directly into your laptop with only one cable, and get an even faster DTR (data transfer rate).

 

In the coming years, expect to see USB-PD’s presence in cables, adapters and chargers expand aggressively, and most flagship devices (like the iPhone X) based around the rapid-charging and data-transfer capabilities that USB-PD offers. In short, it’s the future of power.

Hypercel is also embarking on a new line of Naztech USB Power Delivery products which should be available for order March 2018. Visit www.natztech.com for updates.

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Qi Wireless Charging: What You Should Know December 27, 2017

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Wireless charging is one of the hottest technology trends in 2017, which only promises to explode epidemically in 2018 with the advent of tons of new products featuring wireless capability. So, it probably bears some discussion as to what that all means, and does it have any influence on your future purchases.

If it isn’t already clear, wireless charging (or inductive charging) is a high-tech feature that allows your mobile device to charge without plugging in a cable. Or for the inner nerd, it’s when an alternating current in the charger’s transmitter coil generates a magnetic field which converts into electricity in the mobile device’s receiver coil when it rests upon the charger. This voltage can then be used to power the mobile device’s battery.

Although a number of different wireless charging technologies have jockeyed for top position, the Qi (pronounced “chee”– from the Chinese word meaning “vital energy”) format has become the accepted standard for wireless charging– especially since Apple opted to make their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X all Qi-ready (after all, when Apple speaks…). This is great news, actually, because it means customers can purchase a third-party charger for their Qi-ready phone instead of a costly proprietary one, should they so choose.

An issue that can arise with other wireless charging systems is when a foreign metallic object is placed on or near the charger. If this occurs, the charger might generate currents that flow in the object, depending on its magnetic nature, and the object gets hot. To prevent this, the Qi system is engineered to sense the presence of metal objects and immediately cut the charge, ensuring that only proper Qi-ready mobile devices are coupled and receive energy. This is called Foreign Object Detection (FOD), a feature that all Qi-standard chargers have.

The benefits of Qi-ready, as opposed to the old-school wired format, are convincing enough to comfortably go that route when shopping for your next phone:

  1. Qi is already the most widely adopted global wireless standard and has been embraced by hundreds of leading manufacturers– and that number’s only growing.
  2. No plugging and unplugging power cords. The frustration of multiple, sometimes incompatible charging cables is now a non-issue. Qi has literally cut the cord for mobile devices.
  3. It’s a fully-matured, proven standard–not just a promise for the future or a test market.
  4. The Qi has a home where the buffalo roam: The technology’s widespread adoption includes many locations where charging is most needed, including airports, restaurants, gyms, hotels and offices. Wireless chargers are already at hundreds of Starbucks locations across the U.S
  5. Over 50 of the top-selling, new smartphones are Qi-ready, including Apple, Android, Blackberry devices, so chances are good the one you’re eyeing is ready to rock.

 

Caveat emptor, baby. Some manufacturers use misleading verbiage to hide the fact that their products are not Qi-certified. Beware of phrases like “Qi-compatible,” “Qi-compliant,” “Qi-approved,” “Qi-friendly” or “works with Qi.” It’s impossible to know how compatible those suckers really are on face value. Thankfully, the Wireless Power Consortium has assembled a Qi Certified Product Database that lists all officially tested and approved Qi-enabled products. Also, only Qi-certified products will have the official “QI” logo as seen below.

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If you do finally get  locked and loaded with a Qi setup, then you should immediately download the Aircharge locator app, a wireless charging guide with over 4,800 Qi hotspots This app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Amazing things are happening in mobile technology and Qi wireless charging is an exciting next step. It’s the perfect time to start researching for your next device and enjoying the freedom that only wireless gives.

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