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Make Your Own Solar Charging USB Battery Pack

If you need a way to charge your gadgets on the go, and you’re not particularly fond of also having to charge a battery, let the sun do half of the work for you. Instructables user andrea biffi demonstrates how to make your own solar USB battery with four ports.


Help Find A Lost Dog With A USB Flash Drive

Who doesn’t have old USB drives lying around just waiting for something interesting to do? Fortunately, a USB drive can make a great identification device should your dog ever get lost.


Hack A USB Charger Into Your Car's Back Seat

A lot of cars today have handy USB chargers in the backseat so that people sitting in the back can charge their gadgets. Of course, older cars don’t, which is why Instructables user wongman2001 decided to install his own.


Five Best USB Hubs

You know the feeling: you look for somewhere to plug in a phone, a portable hard drive or some other peripheral, and discover you’re completely out of USB ports. When that happens, it’s time to buy a hub — but some hubs are definitely better than others. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.


Ask LH: Does It Matter Which Charger I Use?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a lot of chargers lying around from various mobile phones and laptops I’ve owned over the years. They all seem to work fine enough, but I’m a little scared after reading about the woman who was electrocuted by a charger. Does it matter which charger I use?


Use A Flexible USB Adaptor To Avoid Breaking Flash Drives

Plugging a USB drive into a port on the front of a desktop is convenient, but you’re also one knee-bump away from breaking the thing. Avoid the problem by using a flexible USB adaptor or extension cord to prevent damage.


RMPrepUSB Turns A Spare USB Drive Into A Multi-OS Boot Disk

Windows: If you have a spare USB drive or SD card lying around, use RMPrepUSB to turn it into a PC troubleshooting tool or a way to install a new OS without burning a disc. You can use the tool to format and partition any storage device, load it up with ISOs or other disk images, and then multi-boot when you need to.


Make A Cable-Managed, Battery-Powered, Multi-Gadget Charger

Charging multiple gadgets gets annoying fast. You have to own multiple cables, a variety of chargers and always have access to an outlet. If you want to bypass all of these issues, you can with a portable, battery-powered option that can charge up to seven gadgets of your choice.


Asus Ai Charger Quickly Charges Your iPhone Or iPad Over A USB Port

Windows: Asus’ Ai Charger is a free utility that lets you charge the iPad from your PC’s USB port, which otherwise doesn’t offer enough juice to charge the tablet. Ai Charger also promises to charge iPhones and iPods 50 per cent faster using standard USB ports.


How To Boot From A CD Or USB Drive On Any Computer

If you’re troubleshooting your PC or installing a new operating system, you’ll occasionally have to “boot it from a disc” or USB flash drive. Here’s what that means and how to do it.