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Why a power bank that can charge a laptop is a game changer

My laptop gets twice the battery life

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When I first got a power bank for my phone (which I still use, by the way) about four years ago, I asked why this is not a thing yet. Power banks then became really popular with major brands selling their own models and knockoffs flying around, too. The convenience these devices brought is something I still enjoy up to this day.

Even though phone chargers are relatively smaller and lighter to carry, I prefer bringing high-capacity power banks since wall sockets are not always available. But, what if this kind of accessibility to power is also available to laptops? While bulky power banks with sockets are already in the market, they are too heavy to carry around.

The Dell Notebook Power Bank Plus is just a bit bigger than my folded wallet

This is the Dell Notebook Power Bank Plus: a 65Wh power bank that Dell claims to be the world’s first notebook power bank to charge the widest range of USB-C laptops.

Good thing most modern laptops nowadays are charged through revolutionary USB-C ports.

You could leave your charger/s at home

I had the Dell Notebook Power Bank Plus at the same time as the Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 laptop and they were an absolute combo. I got twice the battery life thanks to the notebook power bank, and I never had to bring the laptop’s charger.

It won’t be an issue if you have a non-Dell laptop, because this notebook power bank can charge most USB-C laptops available thanks to its high 65W power delivery. It’s practically universal and can charge USB-C laptops even from Acer, Apple, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and more!

When there are no available sockets in the café, the Dell Notebook Power Bank Plus is a life saver

Most 14-inch laptops and below are fully compatible with its 65W power delivery. It can also be used with bigger laptops, but there’s no guarantee since bigger displays and beefier specs require higher wattage. This is why gaming laptops have really big power bricks and, obviously, can’t be charged with a power bank — at least for now.

It’s also the same principle why mobile power banks and USB-C phone chargers can’t charge a laptop despite having the same type of port. Most phone chargers are 15W and that’s just half of the required 30W power for small notebooks.

The power bank is basically a spare laptop battery that’s intelligently packaged

Dell’s power bank can also charge USB-C smartphones and tablets, so I didn’t have to bring another power bank along. It automatically changes its power output from 5V to 20V, making it safe to charge even small smartphones.

It can charge almost anything else

This power bank doesn’t just charge your everyday laptop and phones, but also other devices that can be charged through a USB port. The extra USB-A (the “normal” USB port we know and love) can deliver power even while you’re already charging a laptop using the built-in USB-C cord. The USB-A port has a charging rate of 5V=2A or 10W which is powerful enough to quickly charge a phone or even a tablet.

Not only that, the extra port can also be used as an additional USB port for the laptop that’s being charged. It can read and write data from a smartphone or flash drive — just like how a typical USB port would. That’s an added productivity feature especially for ultra-portable laptops that don’t have full-size USB-A ports anymore.

Suddenly, I don’t have to scavenge for wall sockets as much as I used to.

The Dell Notebook Power Bank Plus retails for US$ 149.99.

SEE ALSO: Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 Review: The complete business laptop

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks

And doesn’t deplete your savings

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Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.

The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.

The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.

The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.

Nomad’s new titanium Apple Watch bands are available now for US$ 179.95 on the Nomad website; that’s half the price of Apple’s own metal link band.

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InvisaWear: Great-looking smart jewelry that doubles as a panic button

Protected and in style

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Who knew that something this pretty can potentially save your life?

These beautiful pendants are not just accessories. Called InvisaWear, these trinkets also double as panic buttons.

Designed specifically to be discreet, this different type of jewelry is the product of a harrowing experience. Rajia, InvisaWear’s CEO, was leaving an event when she was catcalled by a group of men in a car. As she was walking, the car stopped and one of the catcallers started to get off. Thankfully, Rajia, was able to get to her car and drive off unharmed. But, that incident left a mark on her: She felt completely helpless in the moment. Thus, the idea of an easy-to-reach panic button for everyday wear was born.

All you need to do is install the InvisaWear app, choose up to five emergency contacts, pair your jewelry to your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re all set.

With a quick double-click on the back of the charm, this accessory will send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. You can even enable 911 functionalities that will automatically connect your emergency contacts to 911, who’ll then be able to view your location.

The best part is that you can wear this every day without ruining your #OOTDs or tarnishing. These dainty and useful charms are made with brass and are plated with either 14K gold or rhodium with cubic zirconia.

Check them out here.

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