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  1. UTStarcom CNR8935 Wall Charger (Thumb)

    UTStarcom CNR8935 Wall Charger

    Regular Price: $9.99

    $9.99 $4.95

    The UTStarcom CNR8935 Wall Charger Features:

    • High quality and portable
    • Perfect replacement or spare
    • Perfect for travel use
    • Output: 5V
    • Compatible with: TXTM8, Blitz, Escapade, Razzle, CDM8950, C150, Breeze, Breeze 2, Slate, C740 Matrix, Reveal C790, C810 Duo, Matrix Pro C820, Impact, Link, and Pursuit
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  2. Universal Multi-Purpose External Battery Charger (Thumb)

    Universal Multi-Purpose External Battery Charger

    Regular Price: $29.99

    $29.99 $6.95

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    The Universal Multi-Purpose External Battery Charger Features:

    • Charges a variety of batteries (Note: Battery length must be less than 6.6 cm)
    • Also charges your device via the USB port
    • Battery contacts must be located at top or bottom, not on the front or back
    • Ultra-portable
    • LED light indicates active charge and full charge
    • Not compatible with the Galaxy S III, and S4
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  3. Universal Mini-USB Car Charger (Thumb)

    Universal Mini-USB Car Charger (Refurbished)

    Regular Price: $9.99

    $9.99 $2.95

    Don't let your cell phone battery die when you're out and about! Charge your mini-USB cellular device on the go with the Universal Mini-USB Car Charger. The charger features a sturdy coil cable and plugs in to your car's auxiliary port to power up your phone. Its compact, lightweight design makes the Universal Mini-USB Car Charger perfect for travel use, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

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  4. Universal Mini USB Car Charger

    Universal Mini USB Car Charger

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    Don't be stranded with a dead cell phone while you're out and about! The Universal Mini USB Car Charger conveniently plugs into your car's auxillary port for a rapid battery charge, keeping your cell phone battery in top operating condition. The Universal Mini USB Car Charger is compatible with any device featuring a mini USB. We assure you, the Universal Mini USB Car Charger is a handy charger you do not want to miss.

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  5. Universal Micro-USB Car Charger (Main View)

    Universal Micro-USB Car Charger

    Regular Price: $9.95

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    With the Universal Micro-USB Car Charger, your Micro-USB device will never lose power when you're on the go.  Simply plug the charger into your car's power socket for a quick boost. The Universal Micro-USB Car Charger is a smart pick for the talkative traveler. Compatible with all carriers, it will power any device with a Micro-USB connector. 

     

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  6. Universal AC Wall Charging Adapter Head - MTP05U-5010B (Thumb)

    Universal AC Wall Charging Adapter Head (MTP05U-5010B)

    Regular Price: $9.99

    $9.99 $3.95

    Looking for a versatile charging adapter head to go with your phone's USB cable? Look no further than the Universal AC Wall Charging Adapter Head (MTP05U-5010B). Perfect for smartphones, laptops, or whatever other device you have tethered yourself to, the Universal AC Wall Charging Adapter makes a great primary or backup charging head for home, the office, or anywhere you need a boost. Best yet, it's incredibly portable, so you can just pop it in your bag and go!

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  7. Turbo Charge TC2 Portable Cell Phone Charger (Main View)

    Turbo Charge TC2 Portable Reusable Cell Phone Charger

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    Regular Price: $19.95

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    Keep your cellular device charged on the go with the Turbo Charge TC2 Portable Reusable Cell Phone Charger. A variety of nine different adapter tips makes the Turbo Charge TC2 Portable Reusable Cell Phone Charger compatible with a number of cellular devices. Unique digital power management circuitry provides a full charge for your cellular device without the risk of over charging. With its sleek, compact design, the Turbo Charge TC2 Portable Reusable Cell Phone Charger is easy to take on the go.

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  8. Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger (Thumb)

    Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger (Bulk)

    Regular Price: $7.95

    $7.95 $3.95

    Charge your Mini-USB devices wherever you are with the Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger. The Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger is compatible with most devices with a Mini-USB port. Simply plug your devices into the charger and your device will be charged and ready to go in no time. The car charger allows you to charge your USB device when you're out and about, so you're never left stranded with a dead cell phone battery.

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  9. Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger (Main View)

    Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger

    Regular Price: $7.95

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    Charge your Mini-USB devices wherever you are with the Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger. The Tokidoki 2 in 1 Mini-USB Wall & Car Charger is compatible with most devices with a Mini-USB port. Simply plug your devices into the charger and your device will be charged and ready to go in no time. The car charger allows you to charge your USB device when you're out and about, so you're never left stranded with a dead cell phone battery.

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  10. The Sharper Image Universal Portable Charging Valet (Thumb)

    The Sharper Image Universal Portable Charging Valet

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    Regular Price: $39.99

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    Charge up to three devices using only one wire and outlet with the Universal Portable Charging Valet by The Sharper Image. This unique charging mat features 3 charging cables, to which you can attach any of the included adapter tips. Simply choose your adapter tip, plug your device in and you're good to go! The Universal Portable Charging Valet comes in a sleek black case, making it perfect for travel use. The included adapter tips are Apple, Mini-USB and 2 Micro-USB tips.

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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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