It seems like all we do these days is charge our devices up. From laptops to tablets to smartphones to watches, everything needs its power. That’s why this week, we’re looking at charging solutions
This custom charging dock is ideal for people with multiple devices. Compatible with iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, Pebbles, Fitbits, Gear2 and almost any Android device, this docking station is modular, so when your device changes so can it. It supports up to four simultaneous devices, delivering a full charge as fast as your normal cables would without the hassle and tangle. There are multiple versions available at different prices. For € 115 (£98) you can get the Evolus 3, which is available in silver and includes the Apple Watch module, to ship in November 2016. For € 123 (£105), you can get the premium Evolus 3, which has a leather finish. For € 10 (£8) extra on any tier, you can get the acrylic pencil/stylus add-on, and for € 19 (£16) you can get the Apple Watch module’s travel case including charger and plugs.
Higher tiers allow you to get a specially designed ‘art edition’, a home and travel pack that includes the Evolus Travel – also available on its own for € 69 (£60) – or a pair of devices for you and a friend at a discount. The project hit its goal on the very first day so it’s set to be a successful one. Judging by the pretty slick look of the device, we can see why. Snap it up fast, and it should be in your hands before you know it. URL: kck.st/2bDNgNJ Funding Ends: Monday, 19th September 2016
The alternative power industry is still waiting for the solar charger that can really knock it out of the park on a commercial scale, but Kickstarter seems to be a likely place to find ones that work better than those you’ll find in shops, because they’re made by genuine enthusiasts. Solarpad is designed to tie onto a backpack or tent, and it’s therefore lightweight, small and convenient. It has a 3350mAh power core USB battery and even thick- gauge USB power cables so it’s more efficient.
It’s compatible with most USB devices, and in full sun ( or with a fully charged battery) will bring a dead iPhone back to 100% in three hours. It’s relatively low cost and won’t be available for a long time yet. There’s almost an entire year to wait, with units not projected to ship until July 2017.
The cheapest price you can pay is $ 39 (£ 30), which gets you just the solar panel on an early bird deal ( full Kickstarter price, $ 49 – or £ 37). The same deal applies for the battery, which is also available separately at the same price tiers. And if you want both ( as we imagine most will), then you need pay just $ 98 (£ 75). URL: kck. st/ 2bAjBlM Funding Ends: Thursday, 15th September 2016
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