In movies from the 1940s and 1950s, it's not unusual for an actress to pull out a compact and carefully check her makeup. If she time-traveled to the 21st century, she could have powered her smartphone as well.
Acoustic Research (AR), a company that seems to feel gender-specific products are the way to go (it even has a site called "AR for her"), is planning to introduce a new portable charger this summer called the PowerCompact (left). Designed to resemble the type of item usually used to powder one's nose, the 1,500mAh gadget will come in gold or black and will actually include a mirror inside the top cover. The bottom portion will offer storage for a charge cable or a pair of earbuds.
If that strikes you as a bit too, well, retro, AR will also introduce the VitaCharge (right), a lightweight, colorful disk that will offer an 1,800mAh charge. It will come in pink/white, green/white, black/gray or purple/white and will include a removable lanyard so you can hang it from your wrist or your backpack.
Capacity: 1,500mAh (PowerCompact) / 1,800mAh (VitaCharge)
Suggested price: $30 (PowerCompact) / $25 (VitaCharge)
Available: Summer 2015