AirPods wireless charging, retro gaming handhelds and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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PowerPod adds wireless charging to your AirPods.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugWhy wait for Apple to sell you another expensive AirPods case when you can add wireless charging capabilities to the one you already have? PowerPod is a silicone sleeve for your AirPods case that adds a Qi-compatible charging coil for next to nothing.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have the ultimate charging system, a handheld console that’s perfect for retro game addicts, and more!

PowerPod — add wirless charging to your AirPods

When Apple’s official AirPods wireless charging case finally makes its debut, it’s likely to be expensive. But you don’t need to pay over the odds, because for next to nothing, you can add wireless charging capabilities to the case you already have.

PowerPod is a silicone sleeve with a built-in wireless charging coil that slips over your AirPods case. Once installed, you can place it down on a Qi charging mat next to your iPhone and ensure your favorite Apple gadgets never run out of juice. It adds very little bulk, and provides protection against drops.

The PowerPod case has almost reached its funding goal, but there’s still time to grab yours before they begin shipping this July. Get in early and you’ll pay just $25 through Kickstarter.

RetroStone — the ultimate retro gaming console

RetroStone is the retro gaming handheld that has it all. Powered by Raspberry Pi, it will emulate all your favorite retro consoles, and even run apps like Kodi. It has USB ports for connectivity, an HDMI port for hooking it up to your TV, and even Ethernet.

RetroStone packs all the physical controls you’ll need for retro gaming, plus dedicated controls for its LCD, volume, and more. You can have it shipped fully-assembled, or as a kit so you can build it yourself. You can even buy the circuit board separately and make a RetroStone with your own design.

Prices for a fully-assembled console start at $158, with shipping scheduled to begin in June. Pre-order yours now through Kickstarter.

Mu One — the world’s slimmest international fast charger

Charging your devices in a foreign country can be a headache. But not if you have Mu One, the world’s slimmest international fast charger that delivers a whopping 45W of power. It’s just 14mm thin, and you can use it to charge you smartphone, your Nintendo Switch, your MacBook, and much more.

Mu One boasts PD Technology for a fast adaptive charge and breakthrough GaN technology that creates an astonishing 94 percent power efficiency. Its auto-detect chip will provide the right charge no matter which device you plugin, and because it has interchangeable heads, you can use it in over 120 countries.

Mu One starts at just $54 at early bird pricing, and it’s scheduled to begin shipping this September. Pre-order yours now through Kickstarter.

Powerwallet + Doq — the ultimate charging system

Imagine a power bank that’s small enough to carry anywhere, and so essential that you’ll never leave it at home. That’s Powerwallet, a new wallet with a built-in battery that you can’t forget. Its 3,000mAh cell is enough to give many smartphones a full charge, but small enough to slip into your pocket and carry comfortably all day long.

Combine it with Doq and you have the ultimate charging system. While Powerwallet keeps you topped up on the go, Doq ensures all your devices are charged up at home. It has two Qi charging points for your Powerwallet and your iPhone, plus space for an Apple Watch charger.

The Powerwallet and Doq are priced at $74 and $119 respectively if you take advantage of the early bird pricing on Indiegogo — or you can get them both for $179. Order yours today to ensure you’re one of the first to receive one when they start shipping this August.