Let’s face it: There’s nothing more frightening than your phone dying on you in the middle of the day. And while smartphones continue to get better, battery life hasn’t seen a significant boost in like, forever.
Until that happens, power banks are must-haves. These portable smartphone battery packs come in all shapes and sizes, some are built into cases, and I even have one built into my wallet.
Unfortunately, none of these solutions are very elegant. If you’re like me, you probably walk around clutching both a phone and power pack with a cable dangling out.
As awkward as this looks, I prefer this to battery cases as I’m not a fan of the extra bulk that usually comes with it. Don’t even get me started about how ugly the iPhone battery case looks.
That’s why I was pretty excited when I came across the BondE SNAP Charge battery system at the Global Source Consumer Electronics Show in Hong Kong last week.
The case is reminiscent of Apple’s own silicon cases in both look and feel — except for the BondE logo at the back, which is how these modular, wireless power packs magnetically latch on.
No wires, no mess. The SNAP Charge has 2000mAh of power, good enough for almost a full charge. The company promises you can get to 60 percent in 30 minutes.
The awesome part is that they’re stackable.
And if you and your friend both have power packs. You can charge one SNAP Charge using the other just by snapping them together.
One quick swipe on the power pack changes the direction of the charge. So you can choose which power pack is master and which is slave.
And it snaps on to a wireless charging pad that can top up your phone and the power pack at the same time.
The BondE SNAP charging system launched in China this week and retails for about US$ 89.
It comes in five colors: red, pink, yellow, teal, and blue and is available for the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8 (and their respective Plus models). There are supposedly models for the Galaxy S and Note line, as well.
Orders can be placed online via www.bonde.shop.
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OnePlus introduces Explorer Backpack — and I want it!
Launching along with the OnePlus 6T
All eyes will be on the OnePlus 6T launch at the end of this month, but my money will likely be spent on the accompanying backpack instead.
OnePlus revealed through its official forum that the new Explorer Backpack is set to be revealed on October 30, as well.
As you may or may not know, the tech startup is no stranger to creating sleek accessories to match whatever phone they have in stock; I myself had their first-generation backpack.
While it wasn’t the best backpack in the world — it wore out easily and got replaced by the more rugged Xiaomi backpack I use now — Project Manager Donna L. touts that this model will last for “years to come.”
When it comes to the gear you carry, you can count on our products to be thoughtfully designed, inside and out. Introducing our all-new Explorer Backpack.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 17, 2018
There are no pictures of the interior, but it supposedly has multiple compartments, including a secret pocket on the back — which is important for a techie such as myself who has multiple gadgets at once.
Other features include a compartment with breathable vents, premium magnetic Fidlock, and two colors to choose from: Slate Black or Morandi Green.
Price and availability will hopefully be announced on stage in New York. I can already smell it.
Freitag R523 Hoffmann: Recycled laptop bags have never looked this good
Each bag is literally one-of-a-kind
Continuing the never-ending search for a laptop bag I’d actually use, Freitag’s R523 Hoffmann was the next victim.
A good laptop bag is essential to your work, and your #OOTDs! When shopping for a bag that will house one of my most prized possessions (not to mention, the tool that gives me my living) there are certain considerations: Is the bag spacious enough? Will it protect my computer? Will I be able to carry it around on long days? Does it ruin my outfit?
So, does the Hoffman live up to my standards? What’s so special about this brand? Let’s find out.
What’s the deal with Freitag?
It’s really not your usual brand. Zurich-based Freitag boasts that each bag is made of truck tarpaulin, each one selected (yes, they have special truck spotters), washed, and cut to create bags — each one entirely unique to others.
So yes, these bags are made out of recycled materials but they look oh so good.
Also, they’re heavy-duty because, well, they are made out of materials designed to be outdoors under all elements. A big plus: That makes these bags waterproof, which is a great thing because I’m putting my laptop in it.
The bag I tried on for size was the Hoffmann:
Look and feel
My pick was a white bag because you can never go wrong with this color. It looks crisp, classic, and ready to match any given outfit.
Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like it’s a bag that’s made out of tarpaulin — at least not how I imagined a tarpaulin bag would look. It’s classy and it matches even business or work outfits which is great for those long meeting days. Also worth noting: Its texture gives off a great look and feel.
It has a strap handle which is pretty sturdy; no way this will break even when you have a laptop (and a whole lot of other things like I do 🙈).
It also has a longer strap so you can wear it around your shoulder. If you’re like me and you have frail arms, this feature is a godsend.
These straps are also very sturdy and adjustable. The better to carry everything you need with!
There are two outside pockets for stuff you want to keep but need easy access to.
And of course, it has a dedicated laptop pocket! There are also smaller side pockets inside for other stuff and knick-knacks. Great for organizing your things — no more bags that are bottomless pits of random stuff.
This is a surprisingly spacious bag. It can house my work gear (laptop, external hard drive, small camera, cords, and chargers) plus all my everyday essentials (a semi-big makeup bag, wallet, and perfume).
Despite it being sourced from upcycled materials, this is one expensive-looking bag. That’s also because it is. All those good qualities come at a price, listed at CHF 314.80 on their website and priced at over PhP 20,000 from Urban Traveller & Co. in the Philippines.
Freitag’s Hoffmann offers a good-looking laptop bag made out of heavy duty materials, ensuring your machine is always safe. A big plus is that it’s recycled — a great whoop for the environment!
One thing’s for sure: When you get yourself a Freitag bag, you get more than just a bag. You get a one-of-a-kind piece that’s not only an awesome home for your laptop, it’s also a statement on how you can breathe new life into random objects with some creativity. Each one serves as an example of how you can create new and amazing things from stuff that are seemingly worthless.
My top 5 pink gadgets: A guide for the pink-loving techie
On Wednesdays we wear pink!
It’s no secret that I like pink. When pink gadgets and tech come my way, I am understandably through the roof because I firmly believe that everything should just come in this rosy hue.
Since today is October 3 and it’s a Wednesday, you know what that means! I’m wearing pink! Kidding — I wear pink every day. 😂
But, seriously: Throughout my time reviewing tech, I’ve come across a number of pink gadgets. Here are my top picks for the pink-loving techies out there.
Huawei P20 in Rose Gold a.k.a. the Pink 20
Yes, we do actually call this phone the Pink 20. Yes, I still use it to this day because it looks good with my hair and it’s just the prettiest phone ever. Look:
Yep, I know you want this phone, too.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
This was the smartwatch I’d been waiting for because it finally came in my color! Samsung’s latest wearable comes with a rose gold face and a pastel pink strap. This thing hasn’t left my wrist since I reviewed it.
The Dyson Supersonic is every girl’s dream hair dryer. This top-of-the-line dryer is ergonomically designed for better handling.
Plus it’s pink and makes me pretty. Alternatively, there’s a purple version, but who’d want that over this color?
Fujifilm’s latest Instax release has that vintage feel — and it comes in rose gold. Create beautiful memories with an even more beautiful camera!
This pink puck is actually a high-tech face mask! Foreo’s UFO allows you to have the Korean skincare experience in just 90 seconds.
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