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Draw, Partner

Draw, Partner
by Gary Woods

In the Wild West everybody seemed to have a holster strapped to their hip. Your six-shooter was always at the ready if you were challenged by someone. Well the holster may be coming back because the VIIA design team has come up with the double duty VIIA Charge Holster that holds both your phone and a 4000 mAH lithium-polymer battery.

The VIIA Charger Holster is designed to fit most smartphones under 5" including the HTC One & Desire, the Motorola Droid & Moto X, the Sony Xperia, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, the Nokia Lumia as well as the Apple iPhone 4 through 5S.

To get the holster working you connect a USB cable to the standard USB output socket of the VIIA Portable Charger and connect the micro-USB to the phone's micro USB socket or in the case of the Apple products to the Lightning connector. The charger then automatically starts charging the phone without having to push the switch button on the charger.

Measuring in at 7.4" by 3.62" by .72" the holster isn't very bulky at all and comes in either Grey or Black Bicast leather. The case costs $69 direct from VIIA or I found it on Amazon for $65. If you're finding that your Cell Phone is running out of juice half way through the day then the VIIAA Portable Charger might be just the ticket to let you keep rocking the tunes and making the phone calls you need to do.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc