Zagg Sparq 6000 – Review

On July 16, 2013, in Battery Packs, Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Zagg Sparq
Company: Zagg, Inc.
Price: $69.99

Man, if only I could get my iPhone to last just a couple of hours more. There are cases for iPhone and other smartphones that will keep your devices lasting much longer than they usually do. But, if you’re like me you usually carry more than one device that could use a little more juice to get you through the day. For example in my bag I’ve got two phones, a kindle, an iPad, PS Vita, and Bluetooth headphones. All these things need power, and while some of them are less crucial to getting through the day, it would be nice to have everything powered. Enter the Zagg Sparq.


I’ve been a huge fan of Zagg for a while. The only protection I keep on my iPhone and iPad is the Zagg Invisible Shield on front and back. I’ve always been really happy with them, so I was not hesitant to pick up another product from the company. The model I purchased is the 6000 mAh version. It is their top of the line battery pack claiming 4 iPhone charges before you’d have to recharge it. They also offer a 1220 mAh and 3100mAh version that will give you 1 and 2 charges respectively. I went for top of the line mainly because this is the only one that has two USB ports and has the ability to charge the iPad and iPhone at the same time. Which is a huge plus for someone who travels as much as I do.

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Powerocks – Review

On April 11, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Stone3 Dual USB Powerbank
Company: Powerocks
Works with: iPad, iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, plus various other phones and tablets
Price: $99.99

Magic Cube
Company: Powerocks
Works with: iPod, iPhone, most smart phones, and other small devices
Price: $74.99

We use our iDevices on a regular basis: reading and sending email, checking our Facebook page and Twitter stream, searching for driving directions or the closest pizza parlor. As a result the battery drains quicker than we’d like. A spare battery pack would be quite a useful purchase. I was recently sent two battery packs for review. The first one is the Powerocks Stone3 Dual USB Powerbank.


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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Progress – TechFan Podcast #109

On February 23, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim Robertson and David Cohen talk about the changes to Microsoft Office licensing, battery life of the iPad with constant use, and the Sony Playstation 4 announcement.


About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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iPhone Battery shootout

On December 30, 2008, in iPhone, Review, by David Weeks

RichardSolo 1800 for iPhone
Company: RichardSolo


mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G
Company: mophie


Ready, Set, Charge!

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CableJive vs. Scosche – Review

On December 3, 2008, in iPod, Review, by David Weeks

CableJive iPhone and iPod Charge Converter
Company: CableJive

Price: $37.00

Scosche passPORT
Company: Scosche Inc.

Price: $29.99

I was a Day One iPhone purchaser, and I loved it from the beginning. When the 3G iPhone was introduced, I was able, barely, to resist its siren song. I told myself that long wait times for some of my most-visited web sites to load was OK. I told myself that the fair-to-middling accuracy of the Map application without GPS was acceptable. iPhone version 1 forever! However, a good friend let me use his 3G iPhone for a couple of hours, and the siren song grew louder. I was able to resist for one reason only. Apple, in its infinite wisdom, changed the dock pinouts; original iPhones use 18 volt (FireWire) power, and 3G iPhones use 12 volt (USB) power.

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My iPod Mini Battery Adventure

On April 4, 2007, in iPod Mini, Opinion, Review, by Rich Lefko

My iPod Mini Battery Adventure
Company: Other World Computing

Price: Variable-Depends on the iPod and shipping method

I’ve had an original first gen ipod mini for several years now. I have not replaced it with a newer iPod, simply because it provides everything I need an iPod for, and that is music. For me, watching a movie on a 2.5” screen just doesn’t cut it. If Apple ever comes out with a bigger screen iPod, I might rethink that. But I digress….

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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website ( his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at

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