mophie launches wireless charger with USB-C and Lightning ports; SteelSeries, August and Logitech also have new accessories

Let’s go for another tour of the vast accessories world for Apple devices? Of course we will go! ?


The manufacturer of external batteries and charging cases that loves lowercase letters (grrr) recently announced the new wireless powerstation XL – one powerbank able to recharge your wireless devices multiple times. And, for the first time, the focus is not only on Apple devices: here we have a door USB-C and a door Lightning.

The Lightning port is for you to recharge the accessory, while the USB-C port is bidirectional: it can be used both to recharge the product’s battery and to supply power to your devices (up to 18W). Wireless charging is also bidirectional and can be used to recharge the powerstation or your iPhone / compatible device.

The external battery has 10,000mAh of capacity, enough to – in mophie’s words – provide up to 55 extra hours of use for an iPhone. The upper part is surrounded by a rubberized material, to prevent the device from slipping, and we also have four LEDs to indicate the charge level.

The wireless powerstation XL is available on the manufacturer’s website $ 100.


Meanwhile, the SteelSeries launched its newest MFi-certified joystick: the Nimbus +, which connects wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.

SteelSeries Nimbus +, joystick with MFi certificate

As a differential in relation to already existing controls, it brings clickable directional controls (a novelty in the MFi protocol), in addition to 10 hours more battery life compared to its predecessor – now, up to 50 hours of continuous use. The joystick has a Lightning port between the trigger buttons, so you can recharge them with the same cable as your iPhone.

The Nimbus + also comes with an accessory made for you to attach your smartphone to it; you can purchase it on the manufacturer’s website for $ 70 from the next 26th.


August, meanwhile, has put on the market its newest – and most powerful – smart lock: the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, presented at the last Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

With a design 45% smaller and 20% thinner than the August Smart Lock Pro, the lock brings native support to the HomeKit; it is not necessary, as before, to depend on a hub or additional accessory to connect to Apple’s home automation platform. It can be installed in less than ten minutes, integrating with your existing lock, and has an LED to indicate whether it is locked or not.

As usual with smart locks, you can unlock it with your smartphone or other electronic device, in addition to sending virtual keys (temporary or permanent) to other people. In addition to HomeKit (which allows you to control it via Siri on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or HomePod), you can also integrate it with Alexa, Google Assistant, SimpliSafe or Samsung SmartThings.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is now available on the manufacturer’s website for $ 250 and can be purchased in silver or black versions.


Finally, we have already talked about Logitech StreamCam, intelligent webcam designed for the art of streaming capable of capturing Full HD videos at 60 frames per second. Now its manufacturer has announced the availability of the device in Brazil – it can now be purchased at the Logitech Store for R $ 1,300.


For that value, you get intelligent focus and automatic facial recognition, as well as intelligent framing (via artificial intelligence), image stabilization, vertical video in 1080p resolution and USB-C connectivity, for native connection on any recent Mac. Not bad, is it?