CHARGE: Power-related gift ideas for the holidays

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Energizer Portable Smartphone Charger


There's nothing earth-shattering about this device, which gives you extra battery power for your smartphone when it's low on juice. But that's not a bad thing - it does what it says it does and that can be very important for users who need that extra kick during the end of a long day or if they're not around a power outlet.

The device comes pre-charged, which is also a nice benefit - if you're buying this in an airport, for example, you can immediately start to recharge your phone without needing to fully charge the battery. I mean, if you could find a spot to recharge the charger, why wouldn't you just recharge your phone, right?

A micro-USB cable is included if you need to recharge a smartphone with that port (the micro-USB is also used to recharge the charger, via USB port on your computer or a wall-charger unit if you have one (not included). For iOS devices, you need to use your own cable in order to grab the juice from the charger.

If you connect your iPhone cable to the charger, then the charging cable to a computer, you can charge both units, but it doesn't charge them simultaneously. The phone will be recharged first, then the charger. Still, this is a nice overnight option that will give your iPhone and charger a fresh battery when you wake up. Also, the 2500 mAh Lithium-ion battery inside the charger has 5W output, which can recharge an iPhone but not an iPad (an iPad needs a 10W cable and charger).

One nice additional touch - the USB cable for recharging the charger has two small magnetic clips. This lets you wrap the cable around the charger and then clip it to the base, meaning you won't lose the cable like you could with other charging units (trust me, I have tons of cables that are separated from their appropriate charger.

- Keith Shaw

Celltronix Lady Power 3-in-1 Adapter


This is a useful little stocking stuffer, even if its a little gimmicky being pink (although it does come in a variety of colors, including black). Its a charger that can be plugged into the wall or into a car jack (the AC prongs can fold into the device when not in use). It comes with five cords so it can be used on LG, Motorola, Blackberry, HTC, Nokia, Sanyo, and Samsung phones. Two of those connectors are a mini-USB and a micro-USB, so those can be used on anything else you might have that would use those more universal connections.

I think this is a great idea; you can use one charger driving on the road and in hotel rooms so you dont have to focus on bringing multiple items. If you bring all of the cords and go on say, a girls weekend, you have a good chance of being able to help any of your friends out if they forget a charger, unless they have an Apple product, then they are on their own.

That would be the only improvement I would make to this item: have an Apple charger. If I could charge my phone and my iPod with the same cord, it would be perfect. Otherwise, its a really useful product and perfect for anyone in your life who travels or often needs a charger.

- Jen Finn

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