The Apple Core Last-Minute, Stocking-Stuffer Gift Guide 2013

Summary:Is there an Apple user on your gift list? Here's a short list of useful, unusual, and yet practical hardware accessories for Macintosh and iOS devices.

Power Practical's Practical Meter — $24.95

Power Practical's Practical Meter


How fast do your iOS mobile devices charge? It can depend. Some are slow and some are fast. Different cables and chargers can make a difference — some can even be dangerous .

This lack of knowledge can be improved with a Power Practical's Practical Meter. It displays the real-time charge rates of any USB device. For example, charging an iPhone with a PC may only get a throughput of 2.5 watts, which is 50 percent of the iPhone's maximum charging speed. A full charge will take 4 hours. However, plug it into a Mac and it now will charge at 1.5-hours, the 5-watt top speed.

I purchased one of these devices in a Kickstarter project and now it's available in retail. It includes the metering dongle and a three-headed USB fast-charge cable.

Topics: Apple, iPad, iPhone


David Morgenstern has covered the Mac market and other technology segments for 20 years. In the recent past, he founded Ziff-Davis' Storage Supersite, served as news editor for Ziff Davis Internet and held several executive editorial positions at eWEEK. In the 1990s, David was editor of Ziff Davis' award-winning MacWEEK news publication a... Full Bio

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