Xoopar’s Mini Squid USB Charger

This is a unique portable charger in that it has two USB ports to charge two devices at the same time, and it sports a unique suction cup backing so that it can stick to the back of your case-less phone or tablet or to the table or wall. And it comes pre-charged.

Also included are a small micro USB cable for charging and a velvet sack to keep the cable and the unit together and protected.

A Coffee Shop without Outlets

I love Oakland’s Blue Bottle coffee. More and more of them have been popping up in Los Angeles. I no longer need to go to the one in Downtown’s Arts District to enjoy one as there is a more convenient West Hollywood location now. 

Sadly, this open and gorgeous space of clean lines, Danish-inspired furniture and white brick walls lacks our most precious commodity: an open outlet. Not even one for the utilization for the shop owners themselves can be borrowed here. 

  It nonchalantly says “Don’t bother camping here all day as you sip one cup of $4 coffee.”
Yet, as pretty as the space is, it doesn’t absorb sound very well. Combine chairs without felt-padded feet grating against a concrete floor, whining children of wired parents, and the banging and clanking that go with grinding and making pour over coffee, this place is LOUD. 

If you find yourself nearby, don’t come to Blue Bottle for an open outlet. 

My Starbucks Is Better Than Your Starbucks 

It’s not because they have a blonde roast or a clean bathroom. It’s not because there are plenty of comfy leather couches. 

It’s because they have Qi charging rings for iPhones with Lightning adapter or classic 30-pin. 

 Yet, despite the numerous rings there aren’t that many Powermat Charging Spots to actually receive a charge. 

And if you have ever used a Powermat before, you’re better off NOT using your iPhone while charging because it is very easy to “break” the wireless connection. 

Alas, it’s better than not having the ability to charge. That’s so 2015 Q1. 

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