2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech

Personal electronics are like movies: Few are outstanding, and too many utilize 3D. So we found only the cream of the crop. (Yes, some utilize 3D.)

By Zack Zeigler

Wireless Powermat 3X with Powercube ($100)
Since there’s no electronic equivalent to Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstopper, we’re stuck having to charge stuff when the battery drains. That puts us on a the prowl for outlets when we’re out and about and our gadget starts running out of juice. Rid yourself of that worry with the sleek wireless Powermat 3X charging mat and Powercube Universal Receiver. The mat charges up to three devices at once, and its eight interchangeable tips (mini and micro USB, Apple, Samsung, Nintendo DSI, Nintendo DI Lite, Sony PSP) make it compatible with hundreds of gadgets. As long as your phone or machine is resting on the mat, your device will remain charged — but it won’t get overcharged. An automatic shut-off mechanism kicks in when the battery is full, which helps prolong the battery life.

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