Tag: chargers

The thingCharger Is a Better Way to Charge Your Devices (PlayBook, BlackBerry and More)

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The thingCharger is a crowdfunding campaign that has been funded over 100x its original asking price. The device works by being plugged into the wall socket and it’s made to look exactly like the original plug, except this one has USB ports and a charging dock on top. It’s a pretty great idea but it also has a couple flaws.
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KIWI U-Powered Solar, Car, Wall and USB Charger for Mobile Devices

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KIWI Choice has launched a new U-Powered, solar and USB portable charger for mobile devices. KIWI U-Powered can be charged from any power source such as a USB port, car charger, wall charger or the sun. Once charged, you can use the device as a backup power source for your BlackBerry. KIWI U-Powered will be available in retail stores, online and on the KIWI Choice website.

Head over to the KIWI Choice site to purchase one today for $49.99.

Mobile manufacturers struggle to keep up with RIM

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Recently, major mobile phone manufacturers such as Nokia, Motorola and Samsung agreed to produce a standardized charger for the industry. The companies will be switching to mini USB, the same standard charger as the BlackBerry. I know exactly how that meeting went:

“Guys, we need a standard char…McDonnel! Pay attention, we’re having a meeting here.”
“Sorry sir, my BlackBerry died and I’m looking for the charger.”
“Here you go McDonnel. I borrowed this from Frank in HR.”
“Wait a minute…”

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Phone industry unites on chargers, RIM should join in

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Don’t leave me plugged in or your power bill will regret it.

Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG Electronics launched on Wednesday a common energy rating system for chargers, making it easier for consumers to compare and choose the ones consuming the least energy. The new ratings system ranges from five stars for the most efficient chargers down to zero stars for the ones consuming the most energy. While it seems like a small thing, this new initiative could have a positive environmental impact:

“If the more than three billion people owning mobile devices today switched to a four- or five-star charger, this could save the same amount of energy each year as produced by two medium sized power plants,” Nokia said in a statement.

If left plugged into the socket, chargers continue to use electricity even if the phone is disconnected. Nokia said around two-thirds of the electricity used by mobile phones is wasted this way.

RIM: you’re a leader in the smartphone space. Join with these other manufacturers and become a green leader as well. I want a GreenBerry charger!

|via Reuters|

New BlackBerry Accessories coming this summer!

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BlackBerry Stereo HeadsetsWith every company in the BlackBerry ecosystem recovering from an epic post-WES hangover (including us), you can expect breaking news and announcements to start slowing to a trickle during the dog days of summer. That’s why it was so great to receive these images in our inbox today: new BlackBerry accessories for summertime fun!

It looks like with the nascent BlackBerry Bold and RIM’s increasing consumer focus, we’ll finally be getting decent headsets to use for media playback. BBCool HQ is hoping that the stereo headsets with inline media controls will come standard with every BlackBerry, but the ‘Premium’ in their name makes it seem unlikely.

What else? A new charging pod for the BlackBerry Curve (available May 30th, and similar to the one already available for the BlackBerry Pearl) and more shots of RIM’s highly anticipated Bluetooth Stereo Gateway, this time for your car! Post a comment and tell us what you think.

(Thanks to Ted for the tip!)

see more screenshots after the jump!

Wireless recharger available July 7

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WildChargerThis is just plain cool. In a nutshell, you just put the thingie on the thingie and it charges. Thingie A can be anything ranging from your MP3 player, to your BlackBerry, to your laptop, while thingie B is the WildCharger, a flat pad resembling a tablet. Slashpower has been showing tech demos alongside WildCharge for awhile now, but WildCharge seems like they’ll be the first with a shipped product. No word on pricing yet.