Best Charging Cables For Your Smartphone or Tablet

There are a variety of reasons you may be looking for a new charging cable for your smartphone or tablet. Chargers and their cables often get lost, or worse yet get damaged or broken. And then there are times when your charging cable is just not long enough.

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These great cables from Anker solve all these problems. I’ve been using them for years and won’t buy a cable for my smartphone or tablet from any other company. The cables have reinforced stress points, a special double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors which equip PowerLine+ with superior toughness from end-to-end and allow 10000+ bend lifespan. 

 

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You can choose from several different colors, including black, white, red and gold. This can be helpful if you want to tell which cable belongs to a certain person or designate a color to a certain device.  If you have some android and some apple devices, you can use different colors for each format. And the cables come in 3, 6 and 10 foot lengths, so you won’t be forced to sit right next to the power outlet anymore. Longer cables are also good for routing behind furniture or your desk.

 

Devices also charge quicker with these cables than other replacement cables due to Anker’s Powerline technology.

These are great cables for your home, office and car, and they make great gifts and stocking stuffers. After all, who can’t use a longer, more durable charging cable for their devices?

 

 

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Back up your iPhone

pcoverhaul iphone 1Having a current backup of the files on your iPhone is always a good idea, in case it’s lost, stolen, or damaged. Most iPhone users don’t know how to run a local backup and end up relying on the iCloud for their backups. iCloud can be a great option for small numbers of files, but the free account is limited to 5GB of files.

Backing up your phone to your computer is a better option because your computer’s hard drive is huge, so you can keep multiple backups of your files.

You can back up your iPhone using iTunes. In my case, I have a PC, but it works the same way on a Mac. Apple creates and encoded copy of your files and settings and puts them into a temporary folder. If you need to restore from the backup later, iTunes can copy all your information back to your phone, or to a new phone if you are upgrading or lost or damaged your phone.

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iTunes will back up all of your Camera Roll Photos, SMS messages (texts), settings, contacts, and your app data. It will not backup any synced music, videos, or podcasts.

iTunes performs this backup automatically anytime you sync your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with your computer, but it’s a good idea to do it once in a while for backup purposes.

If you need help backing up your iPhone, please contact me and I’ll be happy to help you out.

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thingCHARGER

Let’s face it, all of us are using more and more technology on a daily basis. And I’m a sucker for really useful gadgets. So any new gadget that makes using all that technology easier is right up my alley.

Think about all the chargers you have for your mobile devices. My wife and I each have a smartphone – I have a Galaxy S4 from Samsung and she has an iPhone 5, so we can’t share a charger. Our iPad uses the older iPhone 4 charger so we have a few of those around. And we kept our old smartphones and use them off the data plan for the kids to play educational games on. That’s even more chargers. We keep multiple chargers in various places around the house so we don’t have to keep unplugging them and moving them.

This gadget makes all of that clutter and all those chargers go away. thingCharger is a simple enough concept. It plugs in to any existing outlet,  and adds a charging port on the top of the outlet. In the back of the thingCharger are tips for the common mobile device types (Apple Lightning tips for the i{hone 5 are $9 extra).

The charging tips and the back of the thingCharger where they are stored.
The charging tips and the back of the thingCharger where they are stored.

This let’s you mount your phone or tablet ontop of the outlet without any adapter or cable. It adds 2 USB ports on the bottom and you can still access the 2 power outlets. As if that wasn’t enough, they are stackable! You can plug several in ontop of one another and have multiple devices charging from one outlet.

Several thingCharger's stacked together with devices charging ontop.
Several thingCharger’s stacked together with devices charging ontop.

The project is still in the manufacturing phase but you can buy them now. And if you buy several you can get some for free. Buy 3, get 2 free, buy 4 get 3 free, buy 5 and get 5 free.

You can watch the full video and read more about thingCharger on their website.