Charging

  • With the news that Apple's latest iPhones are going to support wireless charging, the tech is back in the spotlight, but it still has its limitations. Pi promises mat-free top ups within range of the cone-shaped wireless charging station, and support for juicing up multiple devices at once.
  • In general, iPhone battery life is decent – but the fact of the matter is, when you use a device all day every day, it’s hard to keep it charged. New Atlas offers tips and gadget suggestions so you’ll never be caught with a dead iPhone.
  • ​As many parents will know, getting a teenager out of bed can be an impossible task. Thanks to furniture rental firm Furlenco, such trials may be about to get much harder. Its Pod merges a bed, lamp, flat screen TV and speaker system into one piece of funky millennial furniture.
  • The switch to USB-C means the latest Macbook and Macbook Pro models don’t have the MagSafe power cord. Branch has jumped in to fill the gapand launched MagNeo, a magnetic, breakaway USB-C adapter that provides power, data and video streaming.
  • With so many portable chargers out there, finding the right one can be a daunting task. From pocket-sized boosters to beasts that power everything under the sun to those powered by the sun, we’ve gathered some of our favorite portable chargers.​
  • Smartphones have made it easier than ever to keep occupied while commuting, but all it takes is a dead battery to make for a tedious waiting game. A recently installed piece of street furniture in the Turkish city of Istanbul, however, lets commuters keep their devices charged and surf the web.
  • In the developing world, many cell phone users have to walk long distances in order to use paid charging stations. JikoPower, however, aims to bring the power to the people's cooking fires, with its Spark thermoelectric generator.
  • Portable solar chargers are perhaps the most popular means of keeping devices powered in the wilderness with portable wind turbines an option too. To cover all bases though, you may soon also be able to take a portable water turbine with you to harness the flow of a river or stream.
  • As mobile as our mobile devices are, limited battery life means we still have to tether ourselves to a wall socket from time to time. More and more we're seeing charging options built into backpacks and cases themselves. HP has got on board with its Powerup Backpack that packs in a few nifty ideas.
  • UK electric vehicle drivers are set to lose their free access to charging points provided by Ecotricity. The green energy supplier, which says its Electric Highway car charging network is the most comprehensive in Europe, has announced that 20-minute rapid charging will now cost £5 (US$6.50).
  • While there are many battery back-up iPhone cases out there, they all tend to add significant weight and thickness to your otherwise sleek smartphone. The Air Case, now at the start of a so-far successful Indiegogo campaign, aims to change that.​
  • Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the MOS Pack charging backpack takes a slightly different approach to power on-the-go. We recently had the opportunity to check out what it’s like to load up and plug in MOS’s modern backpack.