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  1. Power Bank Signature Series Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger - 2600 mAh (Thumb)

    Power Bank Signature Series Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger - 2600 mAh

    Regular Price: $69.99

    $69.99 $9.95

    The Power Bank Signature Series Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger Features:

    • Extends the battery life of your phone, iPod or other USB device
    • Sleek, compact design
    • Charges via the included USB cable
    • 2600 mAh Grade A Samsung cell
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  2. Mophie iPhone 4 Juice Pack Air External Battery Charger & Case (Thumb)

    Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Air Charging Case - Refurbished

    Regular Price: $99.99

    $99.99 $24.95

    Mophie Juice Pack Features:

    • The powerful 1500mAh built-in battery effectively extends the battery life of your iPhone 4 / 4S
    • Shock resistant band adds an extra layer of protection
    • Toggle between Charging and Standby with the flick of a switch
    • LED Status Indicator lights display charging mode and current battery life. Know before you go!
    • Charge and sync your iPhone to iTunes without removing it from the juice pack.
    • Easy Access to all Functions, Controls, Speakers and Cameras

    Mophie Juice Pack Times:

    • Up to an additional 6 hours of talk time on 3G
    • Up to an additional 12 hours of talk time on 2G
    • Up to an additional 5 hours of internet use on 3G
    • Up to an additional 9 hours of internet use on WiFi
    • Up to an additional 36 hours of audio playback
    • Up to an additional 9 hours of video playback
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  3. AT&T iPhone Car Charger with USB Port - 2 Pack (Thumb)

    AT&T iPhone Car Charger with USB Port - 2 Pack (Refurbished)

    Regular Price: $29.95

    $29.95 $3.95

    The 2 Pack of AT&T iPhone Car Charger with USB Port Features:

    • Supports additional USB charged devices
    • Compact and lightweight - fits in your cigarette lighter socket
    • Charge and talk at the same time
    • Quickly and reliably charge your cell phone while you are on the go
    • Fits perfectly into any 12V accessory outlet or car lighter jack
    • Allows you to charge secondary USB charged device
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  4. Mophie Juice Pack Plus (Front View)

    Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Plus Charging Case - Black - Refurbished

    Regular Price: $119.95

    $119.95 $29.95

    With the Mophie Juice Pack Plus, you get more time to rock, talk, surf, and send, all while protecting your Apple iPhone 4 or 4S! The Juice Pack is a rechargeable external battery and case with a 2000 mAh capacity made exclusively for the Apple iPhone 4 or 4S. The Juice Pack Plus offers you the convenience of a fully protective form-fitting case with an extended built-in rechargeable battery for your Apple iPhone 4 or 4S all in an ultra-thin, light-weight, low profile design.

     

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  5. Amazon Kindle 5W Power Adapter (Thumb)

    Amazon Kindle 5W Power Adapter

    Regular Price: $14.99

    $14.99 $6.95

    Key Features:

    • Charges Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard and Kindle DX in 4 hours or less
    • Original Amazon Kindle 5W Power Adapter
    • Compatible with many Android and iOS devices
    • Lightweight, sleek and compact design
    • Power adapter ONLY, USB cable NOT included
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  6. Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Pro Rugged Battery Case - Black (Thumb)

    Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Pro Rugged Battery Case & Holster - Black (Refurbished)

    Regular Price: $129.00

    $129.00 $59.95

    You are the type of person who needs your phone in any number of extreme situations. Expand the powers of your iPhone 4 or 4S with the Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Pro Rugged Battery Case. Featuring an extended 2500 mAh battery that more than doubles your battery life, this case protects against even the most extreme conditions. Resistant to vibrations, sand, rain, dust, shock, splashes, drops, and impact, this case is beyond military grade, perfect for the man or woman who can take charge no matter what. Plus, with the added belt clip, this ultra-rugged case keeps your phone at hand, no matter what. We salute you!

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  7. External Battery Charger + 3 Batteries for Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300 (Thumb)

    External Battery Charger + 3 Batteries for Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300

    Regular Price: $29.99

    $29.99 $11.95

    The Samsung Galaxy S III External Battery Charger + 3 Batteries Features:

    • Allows you to charge two batteries at once
    • Charges via your wall outlet or USB
    • Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300 batteries
    • Batteries included are comparible to OEM counterparts
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  8. Barnes & Noble BNRP5-1900 NOOK AC Adapter Head (Thumb)

    Barnes & Noble BNRP5-1900 NOOK AC Adapter Head

    Regular Price: $25.00

    $25.00 $7.95

    The Barnes & Noble BNRP5-1900 NOOK AC Adapter Head Features:

    • Original Barnes & Noble NOOK power adapter
    • Input: 100-240v ~ 50/60Hz 0.5A / Output: 5.0V === 1.9A
    • Foldable prongs for easier storage (great for travel use)
    • Use as a replacement or spare charger
    • Power Adapter ONLY, USB cable NOT included
    • Compatible with Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet
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  9. T-Mobile Universal 2 in 1 Micro USB Charger (Main View)

    T-Mobile Universal 2 in 1 Micro-USB Charger (Refurbished)

    Regular Price: $39.99

    $39.99 $3.95

    Charge your cellular device wherever you go with the T-Mobile Universal 2-in-1 Micro USB Charger. Featuring both a wall and car charger, the T-Mobile Universal 2 in 1 Micro USB Charger is compatible with most Micro-USB devices. There's even an extra USB port that enables you to charge a second device simultaneously. Additionally, this 2-in-1 Charger goes with extendable feet that double as a deskstand for maximum convenience.

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  10. Power Bank Fashion Series Square Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger - 2600 mAh (Thumb)

    Power Bank Fashion Series Square Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger - 2600 mAh

    Regular Price: $49.99

    $49.99 $7.95

    The Power Bank Fashion Series Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger Features:

    • Extends the battery life of your phone, iPod or other USB device 
    • Sleek, compact design
    • Charges via the included USB cable
    • 2600 mAh Grade A Samsung battery
    • Beautiful braided keychain
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  • Chargers Overview
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A compatible charger is an essential device for any cell phone user. No surprise there. But less obvious are the differences between charger types and the terminology used to describe them:

Since it's introduction in the mid 1990's, USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard mode of connection for a host of consumer electronics, mobile phones being no exception.

Many phones manufactured in the last decade feature Mini-USB connections. Mini-USBs are approximately 3 x 7 mm in size and have recently fallen out of favor among manufacturers.

Micro-USB was introduced in 2007, and by 2009 was accepted by the vast majority of cell phone manufacturers as the standard mode of connection. Micro-USB is somewhat smaller than its mini counterpart (1.8 x 6.8 mm), and is also rated for higher transfer speeds.

A number of manufacturers have, at one point or another, developed there own unique USB connection ports and cables. In recent years, however, the vast majority have switched to some variety of universal USB connection, with Apple being the one notable exception. Apple's cables and ports feature proprietary 30-pin connections, which, in addition to providing USB connectivity, also feature HDMI and Analog Audio transfer.

A compatible charger is an essential device for any cell phone user. No surprise there. But less obvious are the differences between charger types and the terminology used to describe them. Here we'll look at the few common variations, and outline what you'll need to know when purchasing a replacement:

Charging Ports and Connections

Since it's introduction in the mid 1990's, USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard mode of connection for a host of consumer electronics, mobile phones being no exception. The reasoning is simple; USB allows for the transfer of both data and power, often simultaneously, so a single port will take care of all of the major transfer requirements of a phone. While plug size and shape varies, USB cables almost always feature the same receptacle:

Mini-USB

Many phones manufactured in the last decade feature Mini-USB connections. Mini-USBs are approximately 3 x 7 mm in size and have recently fallen out of favor among manufacturers.

Micro-USB

Micro-USB was introduced in 2007, and by 2009 was accepted by the vast majority of cell phone manufacturers as the standard mode of connection. Micro-USB is somewhat smaller than its mini counterpart (1.8 x 6.8 mm), and is also rated for higher transfer speeds.

Unique or Proprietary Connections

A number of manufacturers have, at one point or another, developed there own unique USB connection ports and cables. In recent years, however, the vast majority have switched to some variety of universal USB connection, with Apple being the one notable exception. Apple's cables and ports feature proprietary 30-pin connections, which, in addition to providing USB connectivity, also feature HDMI and Analog Audio transfer. If you use an Apple device (an iPhone, iPod, or iPad), you'll need a charger designed specifically for Apple products, or an Apple-specific adapter. Certain older phones from Samsung, LG, and others also feature unique connections, and will require brand-specific connectors.

Other Charging Solutions

Charging Pads

Relatively new among charging technologies are charging pads (commonly known as Powermats), which employ wireless energy transfer technology to eliminate the need for wires and efficiently charge a number of devices simultaneously. Charging pads also tend to include a mechanism that cuts off the transfer of energy once a battery has reached full capacity, so you won't need to worry about overcharging your devices.

In the next few years, charging pads will likely begin appearing in a number of automobiles, eliminating the need for conventional chargers and potentially increasing the number of devices that may be charged simultaneously. Of course, until then, standard car chargers provide a simple way charging on the go. Car chargers are available in specific and universal models, and those designed for USB charging devices often feature a removable cable, allowing for easy substitution and broad compatibility.

Portable Chargers and Charging Cases

Also relatively new are charging cases--smart cases designed with built-in battery technology to both increase the life of your phone's battery as well as prevent capacity loss from over- and under-charging. Portable chargers, too, offer a simple way of adding to your phone's life when you're travelling or simply too busy to plug it in. Typically small and lightweight, they charge through the same mechanism as your phone, and often store enough energy to more than double your phone's life.

Solar Chargers

For those who really don't want to rely on a typical electrical connection to keep their phone alive, solar chargers offer another creative charging solution. Solar chargers feature one or more small solar panels, typically attached via a dock, that collect and store energy garnered from sunlight. Solar chargers can, for this reason, provide a sustainable source of energy for those who need to stay connected on trips deep into the wilderness, or for anyone looking to save a little on energy costs.

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