Recharging This Backup Battery Takes As Little As 15 Minutes

A backup battery can be a lifesaver if your phone is on the brink of dying—but only if it isn't dead as well. External power packs can usually take hours to charge depending on their capacity, but UNU claims its new Ultrapak GO and TOUR batteries can be charged enough to top off a smartphone in just fifteen minutes. » 6/10/14 4:20pm 6/10/14 4:20pm

This Tower Of Power Gives You 40 USB Ports For Charging Everything

It started off as a more elegant (and faster) alternative to parallel and SCSI computer ports, but now that USB can even be used to charge everything from phones to cameras, there never seem to be enough of them. It's, admittedly, a first world problem, but one that's now thankfully solved with this plug-in tower that… » 5/19/14 10:09am 5/19/14 10:09am

A $15 USB Adapter That Fixes an Annoying iMac Design Flaw

No product has even been made better when functionality follows form, and Apple's decision to only include USB ports on the back of its iMacs has been frustrating desktop computer users for years. An ugly USB extension cable makes life with an iMac considerably more enjoyable, and now, thanks to Bluelounge's new Jimi, » 4/21/14 1:00pm 4/21/14 1:00pm

You'll Never Leave a Charging Cable With a Built-in Alarm Behind

It wouldn't be surprising if Apple made as much money selling replacement charging cables as it did phones and tablets. Those white Lightning cables are easier to lose than socks on laundry day, but now there's an alternative that will actually remind you to pack yours up when you've unplugged your phone. » 4/14/14 12:20pm 4/14/14 12:20pm

Someday You Could Save Your Files With Nothing But a Sticky Note

Today's slim, svelte computers look great. You, on the other hand, look like a total yutz fumbling around to plug a thumb drive into a USB port that's somehow perpetually upside down. What if saving your data was as easy as slapping a sticky note on your screen? That's what a design team proposes with this highly… » 3/11/14 7:00pm 3/11/14 7:00pm

A Flash Drive Watch That Always Knows the Time and Available Storage

Even with wireless networks and cloud storage services like Dropbox, there's still a place in this day and age for manually sharing files on a flash drive. And to ensure you've always got one on hand for an emergency file transfer, the silicone Verb watch features four gigs of storage built into a simple but stylish… » 1/15/14 10:27am 1/15/14 10:27am

Kingston Squeezed 64GB Onto This Tiny Android-Friendly Flash Drive

Is this tiny flash drive from Kingston with a standard USB jack on end and a smartphone-friendly microUSB jack on the other the first of its kind? Absolutely not. Is it the smallest we've seen to date? Most definitely. When connected to your smartphone—boosting your mobile device's storage by up to 64GB—it's small… » 1/06/14 10:42pm 1/06/14 10:42pm

LaCie's Culbuto Flash Drive Wobbles But It Won't Ever Fall Down

How often do you remove a USB flash drive from your computer, place it somewhere on your desk, and then have it instantly disappear? Too often. It's one of those bizarre mysteries of—life like socks going missing in the dryer—that LaCie may have just eradicated with its bulbous new Culbuto flash drive. » 1/06/14 10:00pm 1/06/14 10:00pm

A Rainbow USB Cable With Every Charging Adapter You Need—Also Nokia

It may seem a little opulent, but a lot of us won't leave home with at least our smartphone—maybe even two—and a tablet. And eventually one of them is going to need a battery boost, so instead of carrying charging cables and adapters for every single device, toss this single colorful USB adapter in your bag and you're… » 1/01/14 1:00pm 1/01/14 1:00pm

A Full-Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Use To Charge Your Phone

When you hear the words 'vacuum' and 'USB' used in the same sentence, you probably picture a tiny keyboard cleaning tool with barely enough power to suck up crumbs. But Panasonic's hybrid MC-HS700G—now available in Japan—is a full-sized vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a bowling ball that can also be recharged and… » 12/09/13 1:40pm 12/09/13 1:40pm

Four Different Connectors Let This Flash Drive Connect To Any Device

It turns out that trusty USB flash drive you've been using to sneakernet files between your computers has been slacking off. At least compared to the new i-FlashDrive from PhotoFast that features four connectors so it can be used with mobile devices like your Android phone as well as old and new iOS devices. » 12/09/13 12:00pm 12/09/13 12:00pm

There's No Better Use For Cup Holders Than This R2-D2 USB Charger

Your dream of cruising around your local galaxy with your feisty astromech droid by your side simply isn't going to happen in your lifetime. It will be years before robots can even pick up a wrench and remove a bolt by themselves. But ThinkGeek's got the next best thing. It won't fix your warp drive, but perched in… » 11/26/13 7:00pm 11/26/13 7:00pm

Impossibly Thin Charging Cables No Thicker Than a Pair of Credit Cards

Boosting the battery life on a mobile device is easy; they just need to get a lot thicker. But since none of us are willing to give up our svelte smartphones or tablets, we've bought into a life that involves bringing charging cables wherever we go. A hassle that's now slightly less annoying with these ultra-thin USB… » 11/05/13 2:40pm 11/05/13 2:40pm

A Tiny Matchbook-Sized USB DAC Will Make Your Headphones Sound Sublime

If you've dropped a small fortune on a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones but are just connecting them to your laptop's built-in headphone jack, you're probably not hearing everything you paid for. For a better sonic experience, a dedicated DAC—or digital to analog converter—is the route you want to go. And… » 10/30/13 8:47am 10/30/13 8:47am

Why USB Ports Could Be the Power Outlets of the (Very Near) Future

There's a lot to love about USB. The plugs are small and convenient. The cable can carry both power and data. Plus, USB is, well, universal. This is why USB is considered by some to be the future of electricity. Smart grids, more convenient storage, solar power—according to a new Economist report it's all easier with… » 10/23/13 12:20pm 10/23/13 12:20pm

You'll Barely Notice the World's Smallest USB 3.0 Flash Drive

When it comes to prolonging the life of your laptop, there's no easier upgrade than adding an ultra-compact USB flash drive to expand its storage capacity—particularly if it's got a small SSD on board. And a company called PKparis is now laying claim to the title of 'world's smallest USB 3.0 flash drive' with its new » 10/17/13 9:13am 10/17/13 9:13am

This Power Bar Politely Steps Aside So It Doesn't Block Other Outlets

What's the point of using a compact travel power bar that gives you extra outlets when it ends up using and blocking the pair already on a wall? With Quirky's new Contort Power supply that's no longer an issue, since its short plug is angled 45 degrees so the extra outlet and USB ports don't end up blocking anything. » 10/01/13 6:20pm 10/01/13 6:20pm