The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

Summary:My year end wrap-up of the best Apple hardware and accessories of the year.

JackeryAir external battery – $60

Jackery is a perfect external battery for the iPhone 5s - Jason O'Grady

Mobile technologies require batteries, that's a fact of life. External batteries are especially important because in 2007 Apple decided that gadgets could be smaller and thinner with a fixed (non-removable) battery. It started with the iPhone, and later spread to the iPad and MacBook too. Without the option to swap in a second battery, mobile technologists need to keep a charged battery nearby.  

The world's thinnest portable charger is JackeryAir ($59.99, Amazon) which measures a svelte 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 inches and weighs only 5.4 ounces. It's almost the exact size of an iPhone 5 and could hide directly beneath it. In fact, the world's coolest battery would be an inductive JackeryAir that I could attach to my iPhone 6 (Cupertino: are you paying attention?). Anyway, I digress...

The JackeryAir packs 5,000 mAh of juice which will charge a dead iPhone 5s just over three times and it's made of aluminum for that high-quality feel. There's also a status LED, which indicates how much power remains.

Honorable mention: RAVPower Luster battery is a compact, lipstick format 3,000 mAh external battery that features an ultra bright LED flashlight. It comes in gold (to match the iPhone 5s) and it's on sale at Amazon for only $19.95

Topics: Apple, Hardware


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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