You can now stop fighting over charger real estate thanks to Griffin's new PowerDock 5. The new charging station helps you keep your countertops or desk clutter free by providing up to five charging ports for any iOS devices . Each charging bay is roomy enough to accommodate the bulkiest of iPad cases, but the PowerDock 5 only consumes as much room as a single iPad. The PowerDock will also help you keep all your devices and cables neatly organized and in one place.
The PowerDock 5 is great for tablet crowded offices, or for moms who are tired of siblings stealing each other's chargers. The iOS charging station will available from Griffin Technology's official online store in the spring for $100.
Wireless charging is not a new concept, the Palm Pre introduced the Touchstone Charger in 2009, and Samsung announced a wireless charging kit along with its Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone earlier this year. Even though the Samsung wireless kit has been delayed, a similar Verizon-branded charging station has been spotted at Verizon stores.
According to the DigiTimes, chip maker Intel may be adopting "its self-developed wireless charging technology into Intel-based ultrabooks and smartphones in the second half of 2013". Since Apple uses Intel’s chips in its MacBooks, the company could potentially adopt this upcoming technology... But I wouldn't get my hopes up.
Now all it takes to charge an iPhone is a few pieces of wood and the BioLite CampStove. This stove can boil a liter of water in under five minutes, and while the fire is burning electricity is generated to power the built-in USB port. Toss twigs, pine cones or any other biomass into the BioLite and flames will do the rest.
The stove works by converting heat from the fire into electricity, 2W continuously @5V with a peak of 4W @5V. This will charge any device at about the same clip as a notebook computer USB port. Using the BioLite makes it unnecessary to bring fuel canisters, phone chargers, solar panels and the like.
Among 27 new patents granted to Apple today is an interesting wireless charging dock concept reviewed by Patently Apple. Basically, an inductive charging circuit makes the dock capable of charging an iPhone or other mobile device without a connector. The dock itself would be linked to a power source.
Just resting a compatible iPhone on the dock would initiate charging, while a reradiating antenna inside the dock would enhance the strength of nearby Wi-Fi signals. Presumably this wireless data connection would be used to sync the device while charging. Current iPhone models are already capable of automatic syncing while plugged into a power source.
Never deal with iPhone wires again. This is what the JuiceTank promises to deliver should the designers achieve their goal of project funding through Kickstarter. The case they have proposed not only protects the iPhone 4/4S from damage but provides two options for charging.
Flipping right out of the back of the case are two prongs for direct connection to a 110-240V NEMA 1/5-15 power outlet for quick and wireless charging. A micro USB jack is also provided for charging or syncing using a computer, although with Wi-Fi syncing in iOS 5 you may never need the cord.
XtremeMac announced its new line of mobile charging devices at CES on Wednesday. The 3 in 1 USB Mobile Cable features USB to microUSB, mini USB and 30pin connectivity that allows you to charge almost any mobile device.
The InCharge Boost is a portable polymer rechargeable battery with a 30pin connector to charge your iPod, iPhone or iPad. The InCharge Micro Boost is a keychain sized charger for the iPod and iPhone. Both chargers are equipped with status LED indicators and integrated carabineers for portability.
Keeping more than one mobile device charged while on the go is a challenge for anyone who owns a tablet, phone, GPS and whatever else. Innergie aims to solve that problem with its PocketCell battery pack. The rechargeable battery bank provides portable power and charging capability for iOS and Android devices, MP3 Players, and over 10, 000 other portable devices.
The lightweight (2.8 ounces) charger has a 3,000 mAh capacity and includes the Magic Cable Trio with integrated smart-tip Apple, Micro, and Mini USB connector. It can supply your iPad with up to 4.5 hours of extra use, and gives the iPhone 25+ hours of additional talk time.
VitaminWater has figured out a way to make your daily commute better by turning bus shelters into charging ports.
iPhones have made waiting for the bus a little more tolerable, and now you can charge your device at bus stations in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky invented the "Alternative Energy Source" -- an ad campaign to promote the VitaminWater Energy drink by offering USB ports for charging mobile devices at bus stations. Now there are two reasons to walk a few extra blocks to find a bus shelter, to stay out of the rain and to charge your iPhone.
Today our brand new iPhoneFAQ iPhone product and accessory store launched. As many of you have noticed, the old store disappeared some time ago. Why? Well, we just weren't satisfied with the product offerings, navigational ease, and other aspects of the previous store. The good news is, the store is back, and this time it is much improved.
We've partnered with MobiHand to bring you some of the best iPhone related products out there, with first class customer service and a winning reputation to back it up.
You'll be able to shop for new products for your iPhone right here while you're getting your daily fix of iPhone news, answers to frequently asked iPhone questions, rumors, tips, guides, and more. The new store features products such as Bluetooth headsets, iPhone cases, iPhone chargers, iPhone software, iPhone headphones and more.
Each week we'll feature new and popular products. Whenever possible, we'll offer hands-on, in-depth reviews of products found within the store to help with your decision making.