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CHOETECH 15600mAh Dual-USB Quick Charge power bank

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Feed the need for Quick Charge speeds.

Weighing in at 12.5oz, this power bank is solid in design, featuring a glossy black finish that's a real stickler for fingerprints. You'll find the power button on the top, along with a series of LED lights that provide percentages of remaining battery life at any given time.

What's unique about the CHOETECH power bank is its ability to be charged using either a microUSB cable or Apple Lightning cable. Both ports are featured on the front lip of the power bank next to 2 USB ports — 1 standard and the other Quick Charge 2.0 certified. Both inputs charge at a max rate of 2.1A, regardless of what cable you end up using to replenish the power bank. Output 1 (standard) provides 1A, and output 2 (QC 2.0) at 2.4A. Bundled with the power bank is a single 4ft. microUSB cable for charging your phone or the portable battery.

To completely charge the power bank, you're looking at approximately 7 hours using a Quick Charger, or about 10 hours with a standard charger. It comes with the standard protection features built-in, including over-current, over-charge, and short circuit protection. It happily charges 2 devices simultaneously, as long as you have an extra USB cable laying around. Given the brute size of this power bank, it's definitely not ideal for pocketing, but would still do well for traveling or weekend camping trips. Just keep it away from water, because this isn't a rugged power bank meant for that kind of abuse.

Our take

$39.99 Buy Now

It's got plenty of backup power with its 15600mAh battery, dual-USB ports, a Quick Charge 2.0 option, and can be charged up with a microUSB or Lightning USB cable. It's quite the beast for its $39.99 price tag. If you're really only keeping one device alive for a trip, you could probably go with something a bit slimmer like the Aukey 10k Quick Charge Power Bank. For 2 or more devices though, this is a pretty solid option.

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2 days ago

How to use Tasker to shuffle your playlists on Sonos by voice

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If there are two things we love in the modern home, it's Tasker and Sonos. Tasker is an absurdly powerful Android app that can fire off actions when certain triggers are met. Sonos is a polished lineup of connected home speakers that talk to each other seamlessly and plug into every streaming music service out there.

Without an IFTTT channel, it can be a little hard dealing with your Sonos using anything but the official apps, but with a bit of elbow grease you can get Tasker to play nice with your beloved sound system. Here we'll break down how to get a fresh, random playlist started with the bare minimum of fiddling with your phone.

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2 days ago

Android Central's summer accessory guide

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The best summer accessories

Gear up for the summer!

We've spent a little over a week diving into phone accessories that are perfect for the summertime. Now we're ready to wrap it all up. There's been a big focus on rugged and waterproof accessories to handle your extreme adventures, though you're likely to find many of these useful year-round.

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3 days ago

Hands-on the Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for LG G4

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This hard case rocks transparent, dual-layer protection against damage for your LG G4.

It's hard to find a decent case for the LG G4 that's compatible with the leather battery door. Many claim they'll fit, but end up putting way too much pressure on the leather, stretching it out, and just looks terrible. We got our hands on Case-Mate's Naked Tough Case this time around, and found that while installation is certainly easier on the plastic back of the LG G4, the fit around the leather was surprisingly good.

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3 days ago

LifeProof FRE case review for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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LifeProof has made a name for itself by making some of the best-known waterproof phone cases out there. We took the FRE case for a dip with the Samsung Galaxy S6 to see just how well it fared.

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4 days ago

This portable wireless charger doubles as a 10400mAh power bank

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Great for home and travel, the Vinsic 2-in-1 charger keeps you cable-free.

Wireless chargers come in all shapes and sizes, but more often than not, you'll see the traditional flat pad style similar to the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad or ZENS Wireless Charger. The 45° angled design of the Vinsic 2-in-1 Charger makes using your Qi-compatible devices quick and easy while it's getting juiced up. And to be honest, it's refreshing to see — especially when they're built well.

Weighing slightly less than a pound, the charger does have some bulk to it, but still looks great on any desk or coffee table. It features a circular rubber pad on top that keeps your device from sliding every which way, and a matching pad underneath that keeps the entire charger in one place — regardless of how smooth the surface is. On the front are 6 tiny LED lights in total; 4 of which are green and signify how much life of the internal 10400mAh battery remains. The last 2 shine blue — one for power and the other when wirelessly charging. Even with every light on it's not bright, and they compliment the entire charger's aesthetics. Not to mention, once your device is sitting pretty it covers up the lights anyhow.

On the back of the charger is a USB and microUSB port. Vinsic only includes a single 28-inch microUSB cable, which can be used for both charging its power bank or a second device. As I expected, anything charged via the wireless pad gets a slow-going 1A rate, but if plugged directly into the USB port on the back you'll get a more acceptable 2.1A. While simultaneously charging with both, Ampere measured approximately 350mA on the pad and 1000mA connected. So if you're in a hurry, skip the cable-free convenience.

To turn the charger on, simply tap the power button located on the right side. It will instantly light up, showing how much battery life is left. You can tap the power button at any time to check this, too. When you place your Qi-compatible device on the charger, you'll get an audible beep to let you know when it's recognized.

The verdict

$49.90 Buy Now

It's definitely not a bad deal with both the wireless charger and 10400mAh power bank features bundled together. It's case-friendly, which is kind of a big deal in my book, and doesn't blind you while at your bedside. For $49.90, I think Vinsic could have tossed in a 2nd (longer) USB cable and AC adapter, though. The Vinsic 2-in-1 Charger also comes in white, if the black doesn't suit your current setup.

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4 days ago

Razer Serval Gaming Controller makes its way to the Google Store for $79

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Google has added the Razer Serval Gaming Controller to its lineup in the Google Store for $79. While there are already a few gaming controllers available, like the Gamepad for Nexus Player, the Razer Serval has a dedicated holder for your phone built in. The controller is the same one that comes included in the Razer Forge TV Gaming Bundle, except now you can grab just the controller for half the price.

If you are a big mobile gamer, this controller is for you. The minimum requirements to use it is Android 4.2 or above. You can purchase the Razer Serval controller from the Google Store for $79 now, with free shipping.

Purchase the Razer Serval Gaming Controller for $79

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4 days ago

OnePlus will soon sell anyone its USB-C cable for about $5

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The OnePlus 2 is one of the first phones to be announced with a USB-C port, and that means OnePlus had to have a USB-C cable in the box. It didn't just take any old USB-C cable off the shelf, though — it designed its own cable from the ground up and it's pretty awesome. With so few vendors currently offering USB-C cables OnePlus thought it was a good idea to sell it directly, though, and it plans to do just that.

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5 days ago

HTC One M9 Active Waterproof Case review

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An IP68 rated OEM solution to preventing water damage for the HTC One M9.

Some of us are milking the Uh-Oh protection that was promised with the purchase of our HTC One M9, but I'm all about testing the options when it comes to cases and covers. HTC has crafted their own Active Waterproof Case for the M9 featuring 2 polycarbonate pieces that snap around the phone, sealing it safely inside from water, dirt, and other debris. Although its design is somewhat rugged, it manages to stay slim compared to many other cases for the HTC One M9 we've had our hands on.

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5 days ago

Motorola announces the Moto Pulse and Moto Surround, two new Bluetooth headsets available starting today

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Motorola has announced two new Bluetooth headsets, the Moto Pulse and Moto Surround. Both sets of headphones are available starting today, with pricing at $59 and $69 respectively. The Moto Pulse offers up to 18 hours of playtime per charge, and fits over the ears. They are great for travel, and fold flat. The Moto Surround is the company's waterproof offering, that fits in the ear. This set offers 12 hours of music, and has an integrated mic for hands-free calling.

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5 days ago

Christmas in July Sale — 20% off Android accessories

'Tis the season for hot days and even hotter savings on everything Android.

Share the summer cheer this week here at ShopAndroid where you'll find your favorite Android accessories at an amazing 20% discount through midnight, July 31! Take a peek and you'll see sleighfuls of popular items like wireless chargers, cases and covers, batteries, quick chargers, and plenty more for all the latest and greatest Android devices.

Once you've stuffed your cart, use the coupon code: CJ715 for an instant 20% discount on all your items. Also, don't forget that we offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50 within the continental US, as well as expedited options at reasonable rates.

Take me shopping!

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6 days ago

Five super rugged Bluetooth speakers

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Your extreme lifestyle demands some extreme speakers.

We've rounded up the best rugged Bluetooth speakers we could find. You'll want to have one of these for a soundtrack while hitting the trails, beaches, slopes, or whatever other rough-and-tumble environment you like finding yourself in. These speakers are even good for taking calls in a pinch. In some cases, they'll also be waterproof, but not always. We're focusing primarily on impact and dust protection for this batch.

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6 days ago

Quick look: TEHTYS waterproof case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Seal your Galaxy S6 in this waterproof case for maximum protection.

The TETHYS waterproof case shares a similar design to other pouch-style cases we've been looking at this past week, but it's a bit different in that the durable TPU border on the front and back keeps a cozy fit for the Galaxy S6. While the front display is clear for complete touchscreen use, the back is mostly covered, with the exception of the top — for camera use in mind. The secure swivel lock system is what seals your device inside from water, salt, and sand.

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6 days ago

Samsung's latest monitor can wirelessly charge your smartphone

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Samsung has introduced the SE370, a full-HD monitor that can wirelessly charge gadgets compatible with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard. The monitor comes with a wireless charging area integrated into the stand, allowing you to top up your devices with ease. An LED light notifies you once charging commences.

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6 days ago

Best Android gadgets of the week: Incipio OffGRID, Sony Smart Speaker, and more!

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We've got another batch of the best Android accessories released recently. There's a full range of gadgets here to consider, including Bluetooth speakers, fitness trackers, cases, and anything else that might improve life with your Android phone or tablet. We've also been writing a ton about accessories perfect for the summer this week, namely in terms of stuff that's rugged or waterproof. Be sure to catch up on the stuff we think is perfect for the beach or the campsite.

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