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BondE SNAP Charge is a modular power pack for your smartphone

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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.

SEE ALSO: 6 iPhone cases for your different moods

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This case turns your AirPods into an iPod Classic

It screams retro

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The iPod was a revolutionary gadget when it was launched. Back then the market was filled with bulky music boomboxes ranging from a Walkman to a simple MP3 player. Apple changed the course of portable media forever thanks to close integration between the iPod and iTunes.

Today, the iPhone combines all legacy music requirements along with streaming via Apple Music. Further, AirPods have been a huge success due to the closed ecosystem and near-native support.

Case manufacturer Elago wants to take things further. Their AW6 case mimics the look of the iPod, complete with the iconic click wheel —  the circular touch-sensitive navigation ring.

The case is made entirely from high-grade silicone. It’s flexible and impact-resistant, and thick enough to ensure that all accidental drops have some level of protection. For AirPods 2 owners, there’s a special cut-out to show the charging indicator.

The case has been deemed an Amazon Choice product and have received some pretty high praise online. Not only does it look funky, but they also deliver a retro-feel to the now-defunct iPod Classic.

Last month, Elago also launched an ‌AirPods‌ case that was looks like the original Macintosh, followed by an Apple Watch inspired case.

Elago’s AW6 Case (iPod Classic) for ‌AirPods‌ is available on the company’s website and on Amazon for US$ 11.99. It also comes in black with a red click wheel.

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Ekonic celebrates Batman’s 80th anniversary with limited edition devices

Must-have for Batman fans!

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To celebrate the Batman’s 80th anniversary and honor its pop-culture legacy, DC Comics and lifestyle brand Ekonic joined forces for an exclusive collaboration to release a limited edition Batman-themed devices that capture the nostalgia of the iconic superhero.

For the collection, Batman has been depicted in a visual roundup on a set of power banks and Bluetooth speakers, featuring his most iconic moments on the pages of comic books such as The Dark Knight’s distinctive look penciled by Jim Lee in the Hush story arc and Greg Capullo’s variant cover for the 1000th Detective Comics.

Other designs drew inspiration from the noteworthy iconography of Batman throughout the years, containing the different iterations of his signature logo and recognizable cowl from the 1950s to the present time in pop-art-styled graphics.

Batman is well-known for his reliable and expedient gadgets, and Ekonic gave the media an opportunity to examine the latest addition to his long list of useful tools found in his utility belt at the collection’s official launch held last Friday, November 15 at the DC Super Heroes Café in Mandaluyong City.

In a slim profile with an art design printed in high-quality matte cover, the power bank 10000mAh battery with 1A/2.1A outputs, allowing the user to charge two devices at the same time.

On the other hand, the Bluetooth speaker can blast sound that fills the room with its 3W output. In addition, it can stream non-stop music with its 3.5 millimeter aux port or from a distance of up to 10 meters with a Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. Lastly, the device has a built-in 4000mAh battery capacity.

The event was also attended by Filipino illustrator Philip Tan, who has worked on major DC Comics titles such as Batman, Superman and Justice League. He hosted a small meet-and-greet session with the local fans outside the restaurant.

The collection is available at DC Super Heroes Café and in all branches of Electroworld and Abenson for PhP 998.00.

Batman has been Gotham City’s protector for decades–eight whopping decades, to be exact. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, the Caped Crusader made his first appearance in the 27th issue of Detective Comics, which would later be simplified to its initials DC.

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How to wear green: Autumn’s most underrated color

Some tips on how you can subtly incorporate green to your looks this season

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Despite everything I see on fashion editorials and on my feed, it’s always this time of the year when I become obsessed with green.  When I think of fall, colors of rustic countryside and foliage come to mind. I imagine deep but vibrant hues — earth tones like rust, mustard, a deep red, and the entire brown spectrum.

This is why there’s no more perfect time to add green pieces to your looks than during autumn to winter — it’s not anyone’s go-to. Here are some tips on how you can subtly incorporate green to your looks this season:

Play it safe with olive

If emerald green is too much for you to pull off, start with moss, olive, or army green first. It’s almost like wearing a neutral but it still adds a hint of color to your outfit. A parka in this color is an easy choice that will go well with a lot of casual outfits. For when you want to look a little bit more dressed up, try wearing a mini bag in this shade.

The girl in the green scarf

Adding a splash of color to a neutral outfit with accessories is the easiest trick to pull off on anyone’s styling book. Make a green accessory the focal point of an otherwise ordinary everyday look. If you have a signature styling item, get it in an emerald green color. I’ve been obsessing over silky scarves lately; I wear them with my ponytail, as a headband, or on my purse.

New phone, new color

If you’re due for a smartphone upgrade, get a new color option instead of black. A lot of smartphones this year come in a new shade of green, including the new iPhone 11 Pro. Like a statement necklace, it can be a great focal point for your outfit. When there’s already too much going on with your look and you’re not confident enough to pull off color blocking, it’s best to cover it up with a neutral case that matches your purse and shoes.

Go green, all-green

Here’s yet another tonal dressing suggestion. While I love an all-nude look, all-green is my next go-to — and it’s probably my favorite. It’s what started my love affair with tonal dressing to begin with. An all-green outfit is not as feminine as nude, but it’s just sophisticated. It’s not as much of a statement as wearing red from head to toe, but it will stand out just as much in a sea of blacks and tans.

Green was never something I would wear growing up; my teenager self never saw it to be flattering or versatile. Age changed that. It’s still a tricky color to wear — especially the bolder, more vibrant shades — but when styled right, it can be the most polished look you’ve pulled off in a long time.


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