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Porsche is gunning for Tesla with its own line of electric vehicles that will look good and offer high performance (and Porsche's usual penchant for quality). The line will include the slick Mission E and the Mission E Cross Turismo that have only been seen in concept form so far. A high-performance electric car comes with the need for a high-performance charging network, and since Porsche is taking the fight to Tesla, that infrastructure can’t exactly be shared. New details on what Porsche has planned for its charging network have surfaced and Porsche Cars North America plans to have at least 500 fast chargers available at dealerships and highway locations around the U.S. by the end of... Read more...
It never hurts to bring along a portable charger when you're out hiking, camping, or otherwise seeking fun and adventure. The more adventurous you are, the more rugged your gear should be, and Dark Energy's Poseidon mobile battery pack is about as tough as it gets. How tough? Well, it can withstand a shotgun blast from 35 feet away. We don't recommend putting yourself in situations where shotguns might be aimed in your direction, but that's not the point here. Dark Energy posted a video of its Poseidon surviving a shotgun blast to demonstrate on Kickstarter just how tough this compact charger is. They're billing it as the first military grade and waterproof mobile battery. It has the maximum... Read more...
Back in early October, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk promised to show us “The D”, and he delivered with the Model S P85D. That AWD electric sedan pumps out a healthy 691hp and an eye-popping 864 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels. The vehicle is fast enough to make the already quick Model S P85 look like a Prius in a drag race. But Musk isn’t content with just advancing the ball when it comes to EVs, he’s also looking to change how we charge the vehicles as well. Musk took to Twitter this morning to describe the latest project that Tesla is working on:Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)... Read more...
Shortly after Sony had to recall its very last Viao Fit notebook due to a potential battery issue, Nokia has today issued a product advisory notice of its own. The notice impacts the  European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the US are strongly advised to suspend use of the travel charger accessory. In total, approximately 30,000 chargers are impacted... Read more...
Battery life is a constant headache for laptop users, and lugging around a bulky charger to stay plugged in when necessary is part of the annoyance. It seems ridiculous to carry around a svelte little ultrabook only to have to also schlep a charger that’s twice as thick. FINsix is working to change that problem with the Dart, a tiny laptop charger that the company boasts is the “world’s smallest” and comes in at about four times smaller than the average adapter (and six times lighter). It also has a USB port so you can charge any USB device; most obviously, that would be your smartphone, meaning that you could ostensibly carry around just one compact charger for both your... Read more...
We've heard rumblings of this happening for some time, and it looks like the fire has finally been properly lit: the European Union is one step closer to passing a law that would mandate a single, universal charger for mobile device sin order to "reduce waste, costs, and hassle for users." It's a move that we certainly applaud, and we wish it would've happened years ago. The "common charger" for all phones would essentially stop fragmentation in one area of the physical make-up of phones. The law would also impact car-door openers and modems, and the rules are being developed as to keep pace with form factor innovation and not hinder creativity on that front. The draft law was approved by 550... Read more...
In the world of technology, it's fairly tough to get the myriad companies that make our gadgets tick work together. They've all got plenty going on within their own camp, and they all feel that their take on a given technology or approach is the ideal one. Every so often, you'll find that companies are willing to work together, as has been the case with adopting the USB standard across pretty much every laptop and phone with few exceptions. We've seen plenty of areas where standardization could benefit consumers, and laptop charging is definitely one of them. To date, there has been no concerted effort to truly create a uniform standard for laptop chargers, but that's changing. The International... Read more...
You know those cute little white cubes that ship with pretty much every iPod touch, iPhone and iPad? Those are charging blocks, with a simply USB slot in there that's used for charging just about any portable device on the planet. And for years now, something similar has been shipping with -- you guessed it -- pretty much every portable device on the planet. Over time, most gadget hounds have amassed quite the collection of these charging cubes, and considering that many of those very hounds also use the USB sockets on their laptops as chargers -- well, you have to wonder how many of those cubes are going unused on a daily basis. Turns out, network operator O2 and handset maker HTC did indeed... Read more...
Wireless charging has been around for years in some way or another, but there's one thing that really keeps it from booming: incompatibility. Also, inefficiency. Although the odds are against it, Chrysler is pushing forward with an industry first: in-vehicle wireless charging. And here, we can totally see people adopting a technology where they may otherwise skip over it. The goal is to eliminate unsightly cabling from the car's interior and also make it safer and easier to charge your phone. The company will first make the technology available on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart that arrives in dealerships in the second quarter of this year. For easy access, a seamlessly integrated power bin, measuring... Read more...
With the mobile world exploding, there's a huge market growing for charging solutions. Keeping your gadgets charged has always been a top priority for heavy users, but now it's becoming entirely more mainstream. PowerTrekk is a company that's looking to mix cutting-edge charging technology with the mobile space, and they have created a fuel-cell driven power source for mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices. Amazingly, it's just pocket-sized, and it can provide instant power anywhere, even in remote locations where it's hard to find a wall outlet to recharge. It uses fuel cell technology to convert hydrogen into electricity, and it has a rugged, waterproof shell to keep it functioning... Read more...
Many people have a box or drawer full of old chargers for our old cell phones. Although the charger may function just fine, due to special connection types, we often can't reuse a charger when we switch phones. After all these years of dealing with different chargers and various connections between phones and other devices, some good news is in store. Soon, all mobile phones could use the same type of charger. In June 2009, 14 of the most prominent mobile phone manufacturers agreed to use a single standard. Although the agreement was made, there's still a lot of background work to be done before consumers enjoy the full benefits of this agreement. Recently, the European Commission sent out details... Read more...
Wireless charging still has some ways to go before it's truly useful across a broad spectrum of devices. Right now, wireless charging is usually limited to a small pad for charging up phones, and even then you need an accessory case to make the phone compatible. Until wireless charging modules are actually built into phones (the Palm Touchstone was definitely a good effort), it's hard to see this technology truly going mainstream. But here's something that every gizmo owner has: a device that charges via USB. Whether it's a smartphone, a GPS system or a media player, USB is the de facto charging protocol used on personal gadgets this day and age. Now, Duracell is blending the convenience of wireless... Read more...
We aren't quite living in a world where cords have no place, and while companies like PowerMat are hoping to change that, inductive charging is still in its infancy. But if you're an owner of an Apple Magic Mouse, inductive charging is coming to you. The Magic Mouse, which has a multi-touch surface, has one main issue: the battery life is subpar. Many owners have complained that they have to replace the AA batteries within it far more often than they did with the Mighty Mouse. But Mobee Technology is taking advantage of that disappointment by creating the Magic Charger. It's an inductive charging, USB-connected base station and battery pack that keeps your Magic Mouse charged so long as you place... Read more...
Lenovo is known for a few things. Namely, the ThinkPad, the IdeaPad and the ThinkCentre lines of computers. Lenovo notebooks in particular are used heavily in businesses, as their rugged frames and iconic tracking point. But here's something you probably don't think about: the power adapter that ships with Lenovo's ThinkPad line. It's just a standard, black power adapter. Nothing too special about it. But this new Power Hub is something special. And it's something that we wish all power adapters came with, particularly ultraportable machines that only have one or two USB ports. The Power Hub doesn't look too different than a standard ThinkPad power adapter, but there are two main differences... Read more...
One charger to rule them all? That's the idea, at least. We have heard conversation back-and-forth over this matter for some time now, with certain entities feeling that a single charging standard for all mobile phones would benefit the consumer greatly. Of course, ideas such as these are always easier stated than accomplished, but there's nothing wrong with lofty goals. And as we have seen in the past, the European Commission usually gets what the European Commission wants. Case in point: these guys and girls felt that Microsoft had a leg-up on the competition in the Browser space, so they required all copies of Windows to include a Browser selection window. And so it was. Now, the European... Read more...
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 could benefit from what's being offered up. With the Tips from Targus program, the chargers can be... 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 by adding life to standard batteries. The key word here is "standard," which is being used in place... 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 something similar, but the twist here is that the MiLi Power Skin is the world's thinnest external... 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 life of their iPhone (or who just don't own one at all), the Juice Pack Air is a slide-on case that... 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 look to Scosche. On the heels of the iPad announcement, this accessory company has introduced the... 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 it will stop utilizing energy (often called energy leaks or vampire power) whenever your phone is... 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 remote system access. Simply removing the software won't completely remove the vulnerability,... Read more...
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