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P-Flip 7-1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock

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I just recieved the P-Flip™ 7 in 1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock for review.  I'm putting it to the test as I type.  I will update the results as I go......

Dexim.com - (retails for $74.90 @ SkyMall.com)


Claims:
P-Flip™ Foldable Power Dock is world's first foldable, portable, multi-functional and rechargeable power dock. This is a desktop holder with charging & sync, and is also a rechargeable back-up battery pack for Video/Game.

Charge your iPhone/iPod Touch on the go. Extends up to 8 hours Talk time,15 hours Video/Game or 60 hours Music.

Results:
Day 1: Very quick recharge of my iPhone. Held the iPhone stable when I watched video.

Day 3: The P-Flip charged up a 1st Gen iPhone from empty to half-full in 12 minutes.  Impressive!!! 
 

 



MoGo Talk Review - A Bluetooth Headset with a Disappearing Trick

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LG makes a phone called the Envy, but the LG phone that I've always envied is the Decoy.  The LG Decoy has a snap-on Bluetooth earpiece that always goes with the phone.  It's a novel concept that we iPhone users couldn't take advantage of.  Now, there's a headset for that!

 



RichardSolo 1800 backup battery

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The biggest problem I've had with my iPod Touch is that I don't use it very often, so I don't realize the battery has run out until I want to use it, and then it's usually inconvenient to plug into an outlet or computer -- I want to use it right away!  Fortunately, there's a gadget for just this situation: a backup battery.  The one I have is a RichardSolo 1800, pictured at right.  It lets me use the iPod right away, and if I leave it plugged in it will take the iPod battery all the way to full charge.  Then I can plug the battery into a wall or USB port at my convenience.



What will they think of next?

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The range of apps in the 15,000 available on iTunes is astonishing. I've covered Ocarina, a 99-cent let's you play your iPhone like a flute. Who would have thought it?



Do-it-yourself battery replacement

Battery replacement kits with instructions and tools are available for both the iPhone and the iPod touch. This approach is usually less expensive than sending the device in to Apple or AT&T, but if you do it yourself, you’ll void your warranty. A Google search will help you find instructions.

When/how to replace your battery


Eventually, as the battery gets older, you’ll begin to notice that your iPhone or iPod touch has to be recharged more frequently. When you’re no longer comfortable with this, it’s time to replace your battery.

Increase battery lifespan

The “lifespan” of the battery refers to the number of times in can be recharged before it must be replaced. The batteries on the iPhone and iPod touch slowly lose the ability to hold a charge after numerous recharge cycles. For example, after 400 full discharge/recharge cycles these batteries are able to store 80% of their original capacity. This percentage decreases with further recharge cycles. There are things you can do to improve the lifespan of the battery:

Improve battery life on the iPhone and iPod touch

According to tests by Apple, an iPhone with a fully charged battery will provide up to 8 hours of talk time, 250 hours of standby time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback, and 24 hours of audio playback. An iPod touch with a fully charged battery can play music for up to 22 hours and video for 5 hours. There are certain things you can do to improve the battery life:

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