Spark For iPads with ZAGGsparq

Portable chargers are nothing new, and I usually don’t get excited about them until I discovered the ZAGGsparq 2.0. This little gem is specifically engineered to charge my iPad, and perfect for my next long plane ride since it can add up to six additional hours of video playback. Not to mention it holds up to four full charges for an iPhone, and supports other USB gadgets as well.

The ZAGGsparq 2.0 is a 3.5-by-3.5-by-1-inch, 8.6ounce black square that resembles an Apple MacBook power adapter. It’s the perfect size to fit into your pocket or purse. On one side there’s a popup plug so you can plug it right into the wall. The other side houses the On button, four-LED lights that indicate the amount of remaining charge, and two USB ports.

The two USB ports are marked ‘Optimized’ (for devices that can take quick charging without any trouble) and ‘General’ (used for slow, steady charging for devices that utilize a smart charging chip). On a full charge, and as advertised, the ZAGGsparq can charge my old iPhone 3GS four times, but three times for my iPhone 4, and two times for my iPad 2.

The battery will charge other devices such as various cameras, a Motorola Xoom or an HTC Thunderbolt. Almost any smartphone, tablet or any device that uses a USB charger should work. It takes about nine hours to completely recharge the unit, but no biggie if you plug it in before you go to sleep. Since mine is so new, it’s difficult to judge how much the battery’s energy will degrade from continued charges.

Overall, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 packs a big punch in a small package. It’s worth the $99.99 price, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. Visit zagg.com to purchase it or for more information.

Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Puffin Web Browser

One of the biggest drawbacks users complain about with the iPhone or iPad is no Flash support. But the Puffin Web Browser app gives you the option to enjoy Flash-based videos off your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch. You can render full versions of websites from your device (instead of having to view mobile versions).

It’s nice to be able to view content on your mobile device with full compatibility. It seems to work more smoothly on my iPad as opposed to my iPhone.

While using Puffin, your security and privacy are top of mind. Your anonymity is retained while using the browser, since private data such as cookies and history is not kept in the cloud servers. All transmissions are encrypted, eliminating concerns about viruses or malicious pages. You can also enable the pop-up blocker and set a custom homepage.

Unfortunately, Puffin is not optimized for all websites or Flash games yet, so it can be slow at times. I also notice that some sites are able to play the Flash video but not the audio portion.

In any case, try it for yourself and download it for 99 cents from the iTunes App Store or Android Market.

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