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Reminder: Cheap USB Chargers Can Be Dangerous

This is a horrible story: a woman in Sydney has died from electrocution, and the likely cause appears to be a cheap USB charger. The lesson for everyone: don’t buy chargers that don’t comply with Australian standards.


Encrypt A USB Stick In Finder With A Click

Mac: Encryption is a great way to keep your files safe, and encrypting private files on a USB stick is no exception. Thankfully, The Instructional reminds us that Macs have a handy one-click option to encrypt external disks.


Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into A Travel-Friendly NAS

Travelling doesn’t mean you have to leave all of your data — or your storage — at home if you know you’ll need it on the go. Lifehacker reader Ben sent in his DIY Raspberry Pi-powered NAS that’s small enough to connect multiple drives and go just about anywhere you’ll need all your files.


How To Run A Portable Version Of Windows From A USB Drive

Ever wanted a copy of Windows you can take with you wherever you go, to use on any computer you want? Here’s how to install a portable version of Windows 8 on a USB hard drive that you can take anywhere.


Cables Can Significantly Impact The Charging Speed Of Your USB Devices

USB chargers can impact how fast your device’s battery gets back to 100%, but they’re not the only determining factor. The wrong cable can slow down charging speeds as well.


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?