Items tagged with charging

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...
USB is everywhere. It's truly the Universal Serial Bus, with focus on the "Universal" part. Every PC we can think of has at least one or two of the ports, and just about every peripheral on the market supports it. It's one of the few constants in the PC universe, but outside of the PC world, there isn't' too much USB to be had. Every now and then, you'll find a USB socket within a vehicle (usually for iPod connectivity), but have you ever seen one in a wall outlet? FastMac is hoping that you'll soon be answering yes, as the company will soon roll out a U-Socket that has built-in USB ports alongside the typical AC power outlets. The product has been in development since at least last year, but... 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...
Now isn't this something! Gigabyte has shown an ability to adapt and innovate quickly, and this product is no different. Now, it has reached out to address a nagging issue that is plaguing many iPad owners that primarily use PCs. If you haven't heard, Apple's new iPad requires a 10W USB charging output; most PCs don't output that much power over USB, and only select Macs do. This means that users are having to carry around the iPad AC adapter everywhere they go, making the tablet a little bit less portable in reality. Gigabyte has seen fit to address the issue, announcing today that their full range of Intel chipset-based X58, P55, H55, H57 motherboards as well as current and upcoming AMD 800... 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...
Is the battery revolution upon us? Based on all the broken promises we've seen of revolutionary advancements over the past decade, we're guessing not, but we're certainly hopeful that EcoloCap Solutions is onto something. We've said for years now that battery life needs to improve in a big way on notebooks, and PC makers just need to be more honest about real-world figures from the start. But really, we just need better batteries overall--batteries that last longer and cost less. EcoloCap has just received preliminary results of the independent tests of it Nano Lithium Battery conducted by Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm of Phoenix, AZ, and things are looking good so far.... Read more...
Battery research is one of those things that continues to frustrate us. How long have we been dealing with AA batteries that die out way too quickly? How long have standard sized notebooks been stuck with batteries that can't last over 3 to 4 hours in heavy use scenarios? Far too long in our estimation, and we're eager for a change. Of course, battery companies are in no hurry to make the items that they sell last longer; we suspect they'll want you to replace your battery as often as possible. But scientists, thankfully, have a different viewpoint, and they seem entirely more interested in improving the process rather than continuing on as things are.Researchers Ibrahim Abou Hamad from Mississippi... Read more...
Wireless charging, believe it or not, isn't really new any more. It has been around in one form or another for years now, and Palm's Touchstone brought the technology firmly into the smartphone field. Powermat also has adapters that enable pretty much any smartphone to benefit from contact charging, but Case-Mate is hoping to step things up even further. The "Hug" case just might be the first iPhone case to emerge in quite some time that demands attention. The Mophie Juice Pack Air was one of those show-stopping cases (as it provided a built-in extended battery), and now this case has stepped in to carry the crown. Serving two purposes (a protective shell and a wireless charging solution), this... Read more...
Hoping to help you keep your favorite electronic gadgets charged while on the go, Innergie plans to introduce the next generation of mCube universal power adapters at the 2010 CES show. Innergie describes the mCube Mini as the world’s smallest universal adapter made for auto and air use. The super compact mCube Slim and ultra thin mCube Lite universal adapters will also be announced. The mCube Mini is the most powerful charging solution in the smallest profile possible. Considered the world’s smallest auto/air universal power adapter, it allows users who are on the move to charge their laptops -- in the car or on a plane. The mCube Slim is a super compact universal adapter made for use in the... Read more...
Electric vehicles sound fantastic in theory, but there's still the issue of charging the vehicles. Energy, even the kind not found in traditional fuel pumps, requires fossil fuels or a green alternative to make, and burning loads of coal in place of petrol doesn't exactly sound like a great compromise. Toyota seems to agree, with the automotive giant recently announcing that it had developed a solar charging station for plug-in hybrid automobiles and purely electric cars. Essentially, this kind of charging solution really would enable an electric vehicle to cause a serious impact for good; not only would it avoid or lessen its use of petrol, but the energy used to recharge its batteries would... 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, and it can also be recharged itself once drained. The device is even resistant to water, and Sanyo promises... 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 device can receive power by just laying flat on the power mat. The PowerDisc comes with a vast... Read more...
A group of MIT engineers have developed a new way of building lithium-ion batteries that could lead to smaller, lighter, and more efficient power packs. What’s really exciting is that these new li-ion batteries can charge in a matter of seconds rather than hours. We all use li-ion powered devices regularly. Cell phones, laptops, and even electronic cars can be powered by these types of batteries. Today’s li-ion batteries are pretty good at storing large amounts of power, but they’re also slow at gaining and discharging that energy.   The slow power rates of today’s batteries are a result of the paths that lithium ions travel through the battery material. MIT professor Gerbrand Ceder and... Read more...
MTI MicroFuel Cells sent out a press release that states that by the end of 2009, the company will have a pocket-size charger available for consumer electronics that runs off a methanol-fuel-based fuel-cell technology. MTI promises that you can get up to 25 hours worth of power from a single cartridge. At this early stage it's hard to tell how people will react to the prospect of having potentially, highly-combustible fuel in their pockets. Alas, there is no word yet on just how safe the technology is... For instance, will it be allowed on airplanes?The press release is below...MTI MICRO DEBUTS WORLD´S FIRST UNIVERSAL CHARGER WITH REMOVABLE CARTRIDGE- A cord free micro fuel cell charger that... Read more...
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