In the wake of Hurricane Sandy's push along the East Coast, we're thinking emergency preparedness in any form. Stay on top of your family's safety by keeping a backpack-sized emergency disaster kit stuffed with the essentials like a first aid kit, a flashlight, water, and other geeky items like these.
The unfortunate fate of our constant smartphone use is how quickly the battery drains away. Carrying a charger at all times isn't a practical option for most people . . . if only there was a way to charge a phone while it's just killing time in a sleek purse. But wait — there is! Welcome the Everpurse ($119 for leather, $99 for fabric), a current Kickstarter project.
The wristlet fully charges most currently available smartphones with a built-in mat that sends wireless energy to the device. Although the Everpurse must first be charged through an AC adapter, it can fully charge a dead phone twice in one day. Not the purse-carrying type? There are future plans to create a charger perfect for suits and pockets.
In case you haven't noticed, I have a thing for charging stations. I just can't get enough of 'em. Call it my OCD for cable management, or the fact that between my boyfriend and I combined, we have more gadgets than a small country, but I love a nice and neat desk where my gadgets can refresh and recharge. This is why I love Bluelounge's Refresh charging station. Coming in three colors (black, white and pink), the Refresh boasts mini and micro USB cables, and has room for five of your most coveted gadgets: iPod, BlackBerry, iPhone, camera, or whatever you need juiced up.
Although I have much love for this simple and stylish charging station, I do have a gripe: the $90 price tag. Whoa? Whoa is right. Sure, this baby keeps all your cords out of sight and managed, but how much are you willing to pay for a sleek pink plastic box? Ponder that, my friends.
It's great to see a wireless charging pad with a bit of style and flair. Basic black is fine by me, but why settle when you can have one that looks like a bird bath? Designed by Sun Kyung Kim and featured on Yanko Design, this circular white cell phone charger radiates blue rings of light for a ripple effect to indicate the charging status of your phone. I wonder how many other gadgets you could charge in this bath? What are your thoughts on it? Love or leave? Scroll down to let us know!
Whether or not this Wind-Up Charger actually works is beyond me. I don't doubt that it does, I just can't help but wonder if it's anything like the wind-up radios of yesteryear. With the wind-up, cell-phone charger, you can charge up your phone when there isn't an electrical outlet in sight. Just turn the handle vigorously for a few minutes and your phone will get enough power for approximately 25–30 minutes. Featured on Zedomax, it also comes with a built-in flashlight so you have some back-up in power outages. Priced at $12 each.
This useful gadget should be labeled the charger of all chargers, or at least celebrated for its shape. With the callpod charger by Chargepod you can charge not one, not two, but six devices at once with a little extra arty flare. I probably would have laughed at this invention five years ago, but now that almost every device needs to be charged via USB it seems more than practical. You can use it for your PDA, iPod, cell phone, headsets, MP3 players and other devices (regardless of the manufacturer or model-just don't try to charge your laptop) with only one single power cord. Featured on Gizmodo, this fantastic charger will eliminate the multiple chargers lingering in your purse or drawer...not to mention the time you will save trying to decipher which charger goes with each gadget! When I first saw a price of $50, I thought score - That's less than $10 per individual gadget charger. But then I realized the exact opposite was true, each adapter on top of the base charger is $10 extra, which means the callpod will cost you $110 for all six adapters. To see a gallery, just read more