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New Charging Technology – CTV Tech Talk


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Erin L

Erin L

erin-nov-2This month on CTV Tech Talk, I showed gadgets for keeping your phone charged and ready.

Get a longer cable belt-cable-native-union

I hate short charging cables. There’s nothing worse than having your nose to the wall, crouched on the floor by an outlet, waiting for your phone to recharge, while still trying to use it.

The Belt Cable from Native Union is a soft, braided cable with a leather tab to help you keep it rolled up and untangled. It comes in 4-foot, 8-foot and 10-foot lengths, giving you a lot of options when you need to be plugged in. I’m able to use my iPad while reading in bed, even though the nearest outlet is across the room.

Rock a nicer dock

dock-charging-native-unionLet’s face it, most charging cables included with our devices are designed to be utilitarian, but isn’t it nice to have lovely things? I think this heavyweight charging Dock from Native Union is sculptural and sexy.  The simple design may look basic, but it holds my phone securely, and still lets me see the screen clearly, and access it easily.  The weighty soft rubberized metal base ensures your phone stays put, and the rose gold brushed metal backing plate give it a touch of style. If you need it to, the whole thing comes apart and folds flat .

charging dock heavy native unionKeep your cable where you put it

night-cable-native-unionThe Native Union Night Cable is a braided cable with a weighted ball on the end that lets you place it on a table, and it keeps the end of the cable where you can always find it. The ball can be moved up and down the length of the cable so you can adjust how much cable is sitting out.

These cables are super durable and stiff, which makes them largely tangle-free.

A cable with a built in alarm


Ever wonder if your spouse if sneaking your phone while you’re asleep? Have you caught your kids sneaking into your room to recover their seized technology? This new cable might be able to help.  The Skross Buzz cable will vibrate and sound an audible alarm if unplugged. It could also come in handy if you’re charging in an airport or cafe and need to turn your gaze from your phone. Click here to read more about this cable and see a video about how it works.

MiTagg Lamp MiTagg lamp 2

The minimalist c-shaped lamp is purpose-built; the top is an LED light, with dimming abilities, while along the base are different options for charging; there’s an Apple Watch charger, a phone charger, plus a space to keep a power bank ready for when you need to grab it and go. You can use these docks individually, or all at once, with the lamp on or off.

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Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

1 Comment

  1. Richard Hirsekorn on November 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

    No more short cables which 1 can’t find, more power.

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