Travellers can find an app for nearly anything they want, but sadly there isn’t yet an app to extend the chronically dwindling battery life of a smart phone, which always tends to die at the most inconvenient moment. Meanwhile, during the past week, a handful of other companies announced developments in mobile electronic chargers that use innovative technologies to prevent devices from conking out. Here are four chargers that stand out in the crowd:
A charger that runs on easy-to-find alkaline batteries
Energizer launched a line of portable chargers that run on AA batteries. One of its products, the Instant Charger, needs only three AA batteries to revive a dead smart phone. The charger will come in two versions: one for the iPhone and one for devices that have a USB port, including most Android smart phones and all Amazon Kindles.
Harness the sun
It takes about five hours for Suntactic’s Charger-5 to absorb enough rays of natural or artificial light to give a typical smart phone full power. It can soak up light while you’re on the go, and it can revive a device nearly as quickly as a conventional charger. The approximately six-by-11in panel fits most any mobile phone, such as iPhone, Android and HTC.
A smart phone case with a built-in plug
The JuiceTank is a handy case that snaps onto your iPhone 4 or 4S and provides an integrated wall-charging plug, so that you can connect it to any US power socket — no more forgetting your charger as you run out the door.
World’s most stylish device charger
For his fall fashion collection, British designer Richard Nicoll will launch a glamorous handbag that is capable of discreetly charging a smart phone or tablet. The bag has a battery charger that runs on magnetic induction, a technology that’s already behind most rechargeable toothbrushes, using unnoticeable internal magnets to generate the necessary juice. When you return to your hotel or home, you can connect the handbag to a traditional power source. An LED charm that hangs off the side of the bag lets you subtly know the remaining battery life at all times. The carryall doesn’t have a name; simply visit a luxury store and ask for the latest Richard Nicoll tote.
Which of these four new chargers do you like the most? Tell us what you think!
Source: BBC Travel
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