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What could the world use more of these days? Well, that's a loaded question now that we think about it, but still, it's tough to deny that longer lasting batteries could be an excellent answer. In lieu of that, we suppose newer, smaller chargers will have to suffice. This week, Targus is announcing their lightest, most compact chargers for laptops, netbooks and other mobile devices such as smartphones, cell phones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, and portable game players. They're marketed at travelers and those who prefer to roll with carry-ons alone, but frankly, just about any mobile computer user... Read more...
Earth Day was this week, and it seems that it was a much bigger deal in 2010 than in year's past. Maybe it had something to do with those tons of gallons of oil spilling off of the Gulf of Mexico (we're sure the Earth loved that), or maybe this is just what happens when everyone gets on the "green" bandwagon. Either way, PC Treasures and Digital Works Australia are definitely fans of the holiday, and they have joined forced not to bring back Captain Planet, but to bring the ReZap Battery Engineer to North America. Basically, this battery recharger does one better than most already on the market... Read more...
It's sort of funny when think about it. The iPhone accessory market seems to be nearly as big as the phone itself; it's rare to find an iPhone owner with no accessories whatsoever, and with that large touch screen, many people are looking for ways to protect that panel and the corners surrounding it. It's no surprise to find that iPhone cases are amongst the most popular peripherals to buy for them, and quite a few companies have tried their hand at it. Mophie really jump-started the battery-case craze with the Juice Pack, and later, the Juice Pack Air. Now, another company is coming forward with... Read more...
We don't exactly get along with batteries very often here at HotHardware. Most of 'em tend to underwhelm us, and the one's that impress us (Apple's iPad rings a bell) are few and far between. Mophie loves the fact that most handheld devices have paltry battery life results, because that very problem encourages consumers to seek out solutions for extending the life of their favorite gadgets. The company has become somewhat of an icon in the iPhone charging space, with their Juice Pack Air amongst the most highly regarded in the industry. For those who somehow don't have a problem with the battery... Read more...
If you've been in the market for an iPad, you should probably give our review a look first. After that, you should probably be aware that charging Apple's first tablet is somewhat of a burden, particularly compared to just how easy it is to charge an iPhone, iPod touch or most anything else from the company. The iPad requires at least 10 watts from a USB port, and most USB 2.0 ports aren't designed to output that much power. Several of Apple's newer computers will output that when they're not in Sleep mode, but unless you have one, you'll need to carry around the included wall plug. Or, you could... Read more...
AT&T, as you may well know, is a U.S. cellphone operator. They provide cell service to millions of people, and they are the exclusive U.S. home of the iPhone. What AT&T is not, however, is a hardware company. Or maybe they are, judging by their most recent announcement. The company that sells wireless service to iPhone users across America has just announced a new cellphone charger, one that is supposed to waste much less energy than the chargers on the market already. The AT&T ZERO charger will become available in company stores starting this May, and the unique thing about it is that... Read more...
Energizer has discontinued the sale of its Duo Charger/USB Charger due to a vulnerability in the Windows-based software that was supposed to be downloaded to support it.The devices allowed users to charge nickel metal hydride batteries from either a wall socket or a USB connection. The documentation with the charger suggested users download software from www.energizer.com/usbcharger (the page has since been taken down). The software allowed the user to view the charging status from a computer.A code was inserted in the software - Windows version only - that contained a backdoor allowing unauthorized... Read more...
Sanyo's Eneloop charging system has been growing at a rapid pace, but obviously not quite rapid enough. The company has just unleashed its latest in the line: the Eneloop Music Booster. As you might expect, this device is a rechargeable DV9V battery unit made specifically for music devices, and while most modern day music players will last at least half a day on a full charge, there's always that pinch when traveling where you just don't have time to sit by an AC outlet and let the battery recharge. Put simply, this device will recharge any portable unit that utilizes a 9-volt DC power source,... Read more...
Let's face it: just about any gizmo worth using these days has a USB connector, and more often than not, it's actually charged over USB as well. But also, battery life has sunk in recent years as devices are made to be slimmer and hold less spacious batteries. The solution to this quandary? Sanyo's Eneloop Stick Booster, of course!For those unaware, the Eneloop line of rechargeable batteries have been around for a little while, and those that use them tend to swear by them. If you're alread on the Eneloop bandwagon, this product shouldn't be a tough sell. Basically, the Eneloop Stick Booster is... Read more...
Standard batteries? That's old hat? The Touchstone charger? Even that's so yesterday. Solar powered? Been there, done that. Toshiba's looking to one-up everyone else in the cellphone energy game by introducing a Direct Methanol Fuel Source (DMFS) for mobile devices. You heard that right--it's a fuel cell, for your cellphone. No, it's not the future, it's right now. The product, which is being called the Dynario, is a clip-on charging solution that attaches to the back of a phone in place of the standard battery. It promises to bring "almost instant refueling" and it keeps your mobile charged even... Read more...
iGo unveiled a new travel-friendly charger called the iGo Charge Anywhere. This new charger has an internal battery that let you charge your devices in any location, even when an outlet is not available. Using iGo’s interchangeable power tips, the iGo Charge Anywhere is compatible with nearly every mobile and gaming electronic device on the market. The iGo Charge Anywhere lets you power two devices simultaneously while also charging the unit's integrated battery to use when away from an outlet. With collapsible wall blades that fold away, the iGo Charge Anywhere can store enough energy in its integrated... Read more...
Although Palm's Touchstone, a contact-based charger for the Palm Pre, brought the idea of wireless charging into the mainstream, WildCharge has been doing this same type of deal for years now. In an effort to provide a wireless charging solution for practically any mobile device out there, the company has actually slipped somewhat from its promise of cord-free charging, but it does provide an option for charging up a host of different devices. The PowerDisc can be ordered with a wireless charging mat, which is simply plugged into an AC outlet and then left in place. Once there, any WildCharge-equipped... Read more...
Most laptops could use a little more staying power. Recognizing this, Sanho Electronics created the new HyperMac external power pack that can provide any of Apple’s MacBook notebooks with up to 32 hours of continuous life. Billed as the world's first and only external battery and car charger that works with all MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models, the HyperMac battery is available in four different capacities: 60 watt hours, 100 watt hours, 150 watt hours, and 222 watt hours. Each model comes with a cable for connecting to the MacBook’s MagSafe charging port. For power on the road, HyperMac... Read more...
Mobile manufacturers launch star rating system comparing the energy consumption of chargers November 19, 2008 - Espoo, Finland - A group of mobile manufacturers has launched a common energy rating system for chargers, making it easier for consumers to compare and choose the one that saves the most energy. The star rating system developed and supported by LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Ericsson is one of a series of measures being taken by the industry to reduce the environmental footprint of its products. Many consumers are unaware that chargers consume electricity when... Read more...
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