A while back, I mentioned that 4400 buyers of the Chevy Volt extended range electric vehicle would have the chance to get a free residential charger. One of the chargers that will be available to those early buyers comes from Coulomb Technologies. The company has announced that its residential home charging station is now available to purchase.
You don't have to be a gadget reviewer to end up with more than a handful of devices that all require USB charging, and finding ways to rejuice them simultaneously often means laborious AC plug juggling. We've seen Cambrionix's port-bristling USB charging stations before, and now the company is back with a more compact setup that promises fully power protected charging for up to 32 devices simultaneously.
There are always reasons to look for devices that provide green power. Among those reasons are because green power is good for the environment, but there are times when green power like solar power is the only way to get juice to your gadgets. Eton has announced a new green-power device for emergency preparedness called the Scorpion.
I have all manner of gadgets and two kids in my house with all manner of toys. We consume lots of batteries. I have a number of rechargables around but we still use a lot of plain batteries as well.
There is tons of money being spent on research into batteries. Most of that research is being conducted on batteries that will offer more run time. There is also lots of research being done on batteries that can charge faster. A battery that lasts for 15 hours in a notebook is a great thing, but one that can be recharged in 5 minutes is fantastic too.
The Rubik's Cube was very popular when I was a kid and that means I seemed to get one every Christmas for a few years. Mostly they were given by relative who I suspect hated me. The Rubik's Cube was the single most frustrating gift I ever received, and that counts the 1400 piece puzzle printed on both sides I had.
Many people are realizing that they are wasting lots of electricity when it comes to charging their mobile devices with plain old wall chargers. These chargers consume the same amount of power whether or not your phone is plugged into them. Ventev has announce its new energy-efficient charger called the EcoCHARGE.
While most people probably don't have several review cellphones lying around on their desk at any one time, the trickle of juice soaked up by even just one cellphone charger left unplugged is enough to add an unpleasant bump into your power bill. AT&T have decided to do something about that - at least in part - and so they've announced the AT&T ZERO Charger, a PSU that apparently has no standby draw whatsoever.
That means you can unplug your cellphone when it has finished charging but leave the ZERO Charger itself plugged into the mains, without worrying about how much current it might still be drawing. So far the AT&T Zero isn't available for sale, but you can sign up for more information and the carrier will get in touch when they're in stock.
I am all for lots of research into battery technology. The better the batteries we can get in our phones and laptops, the longer we can go between charges. Last week Nokia filed a patent app for a batteyr that uses kinetic energy to recharge itself. If you could combine that Nokia tech with the new Li2S/Silicon Rechargeable Battery tech, we might have the ideal battery.