Expanding upon earlier product lineups, Incipio today announced a number of 12″ MacBook-ready USB Type-C accessories and dockable offGRID series batteries for iPhone users. The USB-C accessories offer affordable ways to expand either the ports or charging capabilities of Apple’s Retina MacBook, while the offGRID options include compact, device-agnostic dockable batteries and a new iPhone 6/6s battery case…
On the USB-C front, Incipio announced the Type-C Dual Port Hub ($25), which inexpensively adds twin full-sized USB ports to the 12″ MacBook and other devices with USB-C ports, and the USB Type-C Dock ($80), which includes one full-sized USB port, one HDMI port, one Ethernet port, and one USB-C port that passes through power for MacBook charging. Each of the compact jet black peripherals includes a retractable USB-C cable.
Incipio also announced the tablet/phone-ready USB Type-C Car Charger ($35), the laptop/tablet/phone-ready USB Type-C Wall Charger ($35), and two versions of the USB Type-C + Quick Charge 3.0 Portable Backup Battery ($100/8,000mAh, $130/12,000mAh), each with laptop/tablet/phone support. The Wall Charger and Batteries also have full-sized USB ports to support non-USB-C devices; the Car Charger does not.
On the iPhone front, Incipio’s offGRID Backup Battery 2000mAh ($60) is a tube-shaped 2,000mAh/2.1A cell with an integrated Lightning connector, compatible with the new offGRID Charging Dock. Oddly, Incipio will sell a $70 dual 2000mAh battery bundle with the Charging Dock, which is capable of recharging both batteries at once using wireless contacts in its base.
As a sequel to the company’s popular offGRID Express battery case for iPhone 6, the new offGRID Bluetooth Smart Backup Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s ($80) features a 3,000mAh cell and the ability to “wirelessly monitor and control power and battery usage” using Incipio’s Smart Battery app. The same concept was announced two years ago for an earlier “offGRID Smart” battery case for iPhone 5/5s, which may or may not have shipped. It’s unclear why anyone would need to remotely monitor or control an iPhone battery case, but if you want that feature (and don’t mind paying a premium for it), all of Incipio’s new offGRID and USB-C solutions are coming in the second quarter of this year.
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