Mix and match modular wireless chargers with RapidX Modula5 [Review]

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Daisychain RapidX Modula units to build a custom wireless charging station.
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Many homes and offices have a collection of iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods that need charging every night. Rather than a collection of these cluttered together, the RapidX Modula5 system offers wireless chargers that magnetically snap together and run off a single cable.

I used Modula5 in my multi-device home. Here’s why I like it.

Preorder this portable powerhouse charger while it’s 50% off

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This thing can charge your iPhone, iPad, AirPods, MacBook and Apple Watch all at once.
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As technology progresses, it seems that we all need more and more smart devices to power through our day productively: a smartwatch for better workouts, a laptop for better work production, wireless earbuds for better listening, and a smartphone for better communication. While all of these high-powered devices work hard to improve our lives, our reliance on them tends to drain their batteries — and sometimes, everything goes critical all at once.

This luxurious 4-in-1 charger handles iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and more

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Made of high-end wood and leather, this glorious charging tray is perfect for all your Apple gear.
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Many wireless charging stations lack something iPad users need: a place to prop up and charge their beloved tablets.

It may seem like a charging station fit for an iPad wouldn’t be as sleek and convenient as smaller models, but the opposite is true for the Nytstnd Quad Tray. Channeling sophisticated elegance with wood and cloth accents, this powerful multi-device charger will create a comfortable home for your essential personal items with a fashionable flourish. Available now for $191.99, this beautiful charger is well worth the price for an upscale charging experience.

Get an easy view of hard-to-reach places with the Sinji Borescope

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This iPhone photo accessory lets you capture incredible macro imagery, even in hard-to-reach locations.
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Macro lenses capture close-up photos that offer a completely different worldview. Just think of how a close-up of a leaf reveals an intricate system of veins. But while these popular iPhone photo accessories are ideal for creating captivating art, there are situations where you may need a close-up view of a hard-to-reach place for a less uplifting reason.

To see inside a blocked drain pipe or get a better look at a tiny, malfunctioning machine part, you’ll need a macro-powered lens with incredible reach. That’s what the Sinji Borescope delivers. Available in 2-meter5-meter and 10-meter lengths, this handy borescope is the perfect tool for when you need an impossibly close perspective.

Apple AirTag is a disappointment [Review]

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Apple AirTag review. So small, so meh. And where’s the $%&# hole, Tim?
Apple AirTag. So small, so meh.
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Apple’s AirTag sales pitch is that you can attach the item tracker to your keys and you can find it with your iPhone, whether it’s in the couch or Canberra. That’s true, but the wireless range of these gizmos is so limited that finding a nearby AirTag in the next room isn’t easy as it should be. And the hardware is missing an obvious feature.

I’m a long-time user of rival Tile trackers. I was expecting Apple’s offering to be significantly better. In reality, both have their strengths. And Tile comes out ahead in some critical ways.

SanDisk’s 2-in-1 flash drive lets iPhone, Mac, iPad securely exchange files [Review]

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe review
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe has both USB-C and Lightning connectors for maximum compatibility.
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The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe includes both Lightning and USB Type-C connectors so it plugs into almost any computer. You can easily access the same collection of files from an iPhone, Mac or iPad without resorting to iCloud, etc. Even better, the drive is small and comes in an all-metal casing.

I tested the iXpand Luxe with multiple devices. Here’s its strengths and weaknesses.

Twelve South Forté elevates iPhone 12 MagSafe charging

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Twelve South Forté is available now from Apple stores and Apple.com
The Twelve South Forté is a new iPhone 12 magnetic stand that also charges at 15 watts.
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iPhone 12 users can take advantage of the built-in MagSafe charger with the Twelve South Forté. This stand quickly powers up the handset while also raising it up so it’s ready to be used hands free.

Apple likes the design enough to put it on Apple Store.

This 4-in-1 wireless charger is a must-have gift for Mother’s Day

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Treat Mom (or yourself) to a very capable charger.
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While our smartphones, smartwatches and earbuds are essential to a tech-savvy lifestyle, they can create quite a bit of clutter when scattered about. Charging multiple devices can use up several outlets, and it can even be easy to lose small earbuds without a proper resting place.

This 4-in-1 charger is perfect for all your Apple gear

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This charging station will power up all your favorite Apple gear.
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While Mother’s Day is known for brunches and flowers, there are a million ways to say “I love you” to Mom, and this 4-in-1 wireless charger is something every modern-day mom is secretly wishing for.

What better way to show Mom you care than to power her favorite devices through her special day? For a limited time, you can score an Omnia Q4 4-in-1 Wireless Charging Station for $47.96 with code WELOVEMOM. That’s a full 20% off the regular price of $69.