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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

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Evo­lus 3

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

So­larpad

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

Disclaimer: Images shown may be pro­to­types and Mi­cro Mart does not for­mally endorse or guar­an­tee any of the pro­jects listed. Back them at your own risk!

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