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  1. Power Bank Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger - 2200 mAh (Thumb)

    Power Bank Lipstick Style Backup Battery Charger - 2200 mAh

    Regular Price: $69.99

    $69.99 $7.95

    The Power Bank 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
    • 2200 mAh capacity means about 3 hours of charging time when power bank is fully charged
    • Charge time for Power Bank is approximately 4 hours via USB (charge fully before first use)
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  2. 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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  3. HTC USB Car Chargers (View of Color Options)

    HTC USB Car Chargers

    Regular Price: $19.99

    $19.99 $2.95

    Don't be stranded with a dead cell phone while you're out and about. The HTC USB Car Charger conveniently plugs into your car's 12-24 Volt DC auxillary port for a rapid battery charge, keeping your cellular device ready when you are. Made with compatibility in mind, the HTC USB Car Charger is compatible with any device that charges via USB. Just plug in your USB cable and it's ready to charge!

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  4. BlackBerry USB Wall Charger (Main View)

    BlackBerry USB Wall Charger

    Regular Price: $7.99

    $7.99 $3.95

    The BlackBerry USB Wall Charger Features:

    • Small, lightweight design makes it easy to take on the go
    • Takes up less space on your wall outlet or power bar
    • Note: USB cable not included.
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  5. Ventev Universal Dual USB Wall Charger - Black (Thumb)

    Ventev Universal 4.2A Dual USB Wall Charger - Black

    Regular Price: $29.95

    $29.95 $9.95

    Don't get bogged down with dozens of different charging heads for all your devices! Keep it simple with the Ventev Universal Dual USB Wall Charger, charging any two devices of your choosing simultaneously. Designed to help you charge phones, tablets, MP3 players, and more, you can quickly and efficiently charge any device that comes with its own USB cable. Plus, the Ventev Universal Dual USB Wall Charger is 30% post-consumer recycled material (and zaps minimal output when in standby), so you can make a relatively green decision in charger! The USB ports each have a current of 2.1 amps, giving this charger a total of 4.2 amps.

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  6. 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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  7. Power Bank Signature Series Carpenterworm Backup Battery Charger : 2600mAh - Rainbow (Thumb)

    Power Bank Signature Series Carpenterworm Backup Battery Charger : 2600mAh - Rainbow

    Regular Price: $49.99

    $49.99 $14.95

    Keep your iPhone, iPod, MP3 Player or any other digital device charged via USB port powered up at all times with the Power Bank Signature Series Carpenterworm Backup Battery Charger. Simply charge this backup battery charger using the included Micro-USB cable, slip it in your bag or purse and you're ready to go. Keep your device working at optimum performance levels at all times without worrying about a dead battery ever again!

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  8. Samsung USB Travel Adapter w/ Detachable Cable - White (Alternate View)

    Samsung USB Travel Adapter - White (Bulk)

    Regular Price: $15.00

    $15.00 $6.95

    Charge your USB smartphone or other electronic devide wherever you go with the Samsung Micro-USB Travel Adapter. Simply connect your own USB cable (not included) to the charger, plug it into a wall outlet, and your phone will be powered up in no time! Featuring a small and compact design, the Samsung USB Travel Adapter easily fits into your bag so you can take it wherever your travels lead you!

    Note: For information about product warranty and shipping, please visit our FAQ.

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  9. LG STA-U13WR USB Wall Charger Head (Thumb)

    LG STA-U13WR USB Wall Charger Head

    Regular Price: $9.99

    $9.99 $2.95

    The LG STA-U13WR USB Wall Charger offers maximum convenience in minimum space. Just connect your phone to the LG STA-U13WR USB Wall Charger via your own USB cable and your phone will be powered up and charged in no time. Its lightweight, compact design makes this LG charger perfect for travel use.

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  10. Palm USB Power Adapter (Thumb)

    Palm USB Power Adapter

    Regular Price: $19.99

    $19.99 $2.95

    The Palm USB Power Adapter Features:

    • Lightweight and portable
    • Takes up less space on your power bar or wall outlet
    • Compatible with devices that charge via USB
    • Foldable prongs
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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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