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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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Swings Bluetooth earphones are also good-looking earrings

You’ll never lose your buds again

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Bluetooth earphones are all the rage these days, sure. But as great as the tech is, most of these earphones all still look a little, well, awkward. (In that, I mean they still won’t match most outfits, let’s be real.)

Scandi Electronics sought to solve that problem with the Swings Bluetooth Earrings. These are good-looking earrings — and when I say good-looking, I mean you can really wear them out in real life — that double as earphones.

The concept is simple: Create something attractive that’s also functional. It may sound easy, but believe me, there’s only a small number of wearable tech that actually looks as good as jewelry. It works like this:

The drop earrings are swung around and voila, they’re earbuds! Once they’re in your ear, they automatically start playing your tunes. It has noise-canceling capabilities and five-hour battery life. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about them falling out.

Swings aren’t just for your listening and looking pleasure. It’s also equipped with mics and AI support for Google, Siri, and Alexa.

They don’t only look good, they’re also supposed to be pretty comfortable to wear. The earrings are lightweight and have silicone comfort-cap backs that you can even sleep in. There are three color versions available: silver/white, gold/white, and rose gold/white.

For the sportier ladies, there’s also a pair specially designed for the more active lifestyle. These black drops are called the Swings Sport.

Instead of the metal detail, this pair has silicone bands which make them shock- and sweat-proof. Talk about exercising in style!

If you’re sold on these earrings (like I am), you’d have to be a little patient. They ship out April of next year, so there’s a lot of time to plan outfits that’ll match your new danglies. Check out their Kickstarter page here.

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Sony XB Series Speakers: His and Hers

Portable speakers for everyone!

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Speakers may be made for parties and fun gatherings, but that’s not always the case. It can also be your best buddy, even during times when you’re not out socializing.

In the fourth installment of His and Hers, I went through a different route. I wanted to show how instrumental music is in our lives. These are the latest additions to Sony’s Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth speakers: the SRS-XB41 and SRS-XB21.

Both speakers have the same features and the only noticeable differences are in terms of size and, of course, the party lights. The SRS-XB41 comes in red with flashing strobes and a changing line light in multiple colors. It’s perfect for guys who like it flashy but don’t mind having a bulky and heavy speaker.

The SRS-XB21, on the other hand, comes in white with lights of the same color. It’s perfect for girls who like something that will fit in their bags — something they can carry wherever they go.


Let your heart sing with art

It’s not every day you get to wake up with a beautiful view. So, when creativity kicks in, bring out your portable speaker and art kit! Roll up your sleeves and paint something in sync with the beat. Next thing you know, you’ve already created something you can be proud of.


Beating the game

Some game nights can be enjoyed when you have a friend by your side. But sometimes, a speaker can be enough of a buddy. Play loud music that pumps you up, makes you smash those buttons, clear the stages, and win!


Pretty by the pool

There are times when stress gets the best of us, so it’s important to find time to relax. Put those sunglasses on and show off that new swimsuit you just bought. This splash-proof speaker is a good companion when lounging by the pool so you can listen to some great summer tunes. Now, go ahead, take a dip, and enjoy this moment.


Playing the right jam

After playing ball, you’ll find yourself trying to recover from a tiring game. Pull out that speaker and play your relaxing tunes. With the Sony Music Center app, you can select your favorite playlists, change the lighting patterns and sound modes, and be in complete control of your music. Be your own DJ when you turn on the live mode; you’ll get a festival vibe that takes your experience to the next level.


Lost in music and words

When the weather’s all cuddly and gloomy, it becomes ideal to stay indoors and have coffee by the bedside table. Pair it up with a good book, like Eat, Pray, Love, and a speaker to play some mellow music that soothes you. That’s the recipe for a perfect day!


Own the night

These wireless speakers remind us to stay connected. Invite your BF or BFF to come over and light up the night. Hand over some wine and unwind from everyday stress.


This episode of His and Hers proved that music is a necessary companion in our lives. It has the power to change a person or a place’s mood, and with the right speakers like Sony’s SRS-XB21 or the SRS-XB41, the moment can be more enjoyable and memorable.

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Matching Nillkin phone accessory sets makes for great gifts

Gifts for yourself

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Smartphone releases are getting prettier and prettier, so it’s only right that phone accessories catch up to this trend.

I tend to think that phone cases, aside from protecting my phone, should add to the whole aesthetic of my handset. And though there are a number of case options and designs to choose from, there aren’t really a lot that have matching wireless chargers and cords.

Popular phone accessory maker Nillkin has stepped up to the design plate to give users just that. They’ve recently announced their gift sets: a box set with matching items that include a tempered glass case, a wireless charging pad, and a 3-in-1 cord. They’re looking pretty good. 😍

The first box is a pink, flower-themed set and it’s the daintiest-looking thing ever. The case and charging pad sport the same pattern with the cord in a matching color theme to boot.

There’s also a blue box that comes with a colorful pattern with purple and pink hues. (My favorite set!)

The third box is a neutral black set — which I really wasn’t fond of, but it looks great in that box set, nonetheless.

Aside from this, Nillkin has yet to announce anything else about these sets, so there isn’t any news on pricing and availability for now.

One thing’s for sure: Once you get your hands on these, all you’re missing are the outfits to match!

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