power supply

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Devices that need charged on a regular basis, such as smartphones and tablets, are apt to be left plugged in for long periods of time, even if the battery itself has reached it full charge. Though charged, there is still an energy draw that is taking place, which results in wasted power, and, though not much on an individual scale, it adds up when multipled by millions of gadgets. That is where the Powerslayer comes in.

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USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

The word is spreading here near the end of 2013: USB is over, if you want it. USB PD (Power Delivery) is set to be the new standard for the next generation, working with standard specifications set to start taking effect as early as 2014. This technology may very well change the way we power electronics, first and foremost because it's able to output up to 100 watts of power, 10 times that of today's current best in regular ol' USB technology.

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iGO Power Trip line kicks mobile device charging down to the basics

iGO Power Trip line kicks mobile device charging down to the basics

If you've been searching for a mobile device battery that'll power your smartphone or tablet up from your pocket recently, you know there's essentially no end to your choices. The difference between one battery and the next can be as simple as the color choices you've got available. With the company iGO you've got a few unique features in their Power Trip line that may very well sway your pocketbook one way or the other.

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MiPow Power Cube 8000M hands-on

MiPow Power Cube 8000M hands-on

This week we got the opportunity to have a peek at a collection of devices from MiPow, not least of them the Power Cube 8000M. This device is a relatively massive 8000mAh rechargeable battery able to bring your devices multiple charges over the span of its own full charge life. The entire unit is 92 x 92 x 17 mm and has a direct charging time of 8-10 hours.

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Pics reveal expansion at Apple’s data center

Pics reveal expansion at Apple’s data center

Apple’s main data center is currently located in Maiden, North Carolina, covering 500,000 square feet that houses the servers for iCloud among other services. Wired has managed to take pictures of the new addons that Apple is adding to the data center which will help generate power, including a site for a 4.8 megawatt biogas plant, plus a solar farm that can generate an additional 20 megawatts, spanning 100 acres.

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Mophie Juice Pack expansion brings iPad power to your pocket

Mophie Juice Pack expansion brings iPad power to your pocket

It's time for a couple additions to the Mophie world of universal chargers, this time with two new blocks of power for its Juice Pack Universal Line with the powerstation duo and powerstation mini. These devices are able to work with all USB-powered devices, this including Android, iPhone, iPad, and essentially any other tablet or smartphone you can think of. These lovely new battery packs bring on 2500mAh and 6000mAh to the world of mobile devices and have multiple ports for simultaneous charging on the go!

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mu Folding USB Plug hands-on

mu Folding USB Plug hands-on

The Folding Plug concept of 2009 was a design we always hoped would reach production, and while it took a few years, the first freshly-renamed mu plugs are landing with owners, SlashGear included. The handiwork of designer Min Kyo Choi, the premise is straightforward: do away with the majority of the bulk of a UK three-pin plug, creating something both readily portable and flexible. Check out our hands-on video after the cut.

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OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

Desktop gaming computers are getting more over-the-top every year, and with triple and quadruple SLI and Crossfire X motherboards now on the market, those who need the absolute maximum in performance also need a ton of power with which to achieve it. Enter OCZ's latest power supply, the 1000W Fatal1ty PSU. It's not the first kilowatt power supply around, but it is the first to feature the branding of pro gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - an instant way to make PC gamers sit up and take notice.

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PlugBug piggybacks iPad power on your MacBook brick

PlugBug piggybacks iPad power on your MacBook brick

It's a #FirstWorldProblem to be sure: too many gadgets and not enough plug sockets to recharge them all. If you're an Apple user, however, trying to juggle AC between your MacBook, iPad and iPhone, Twelve South's PlugBug could be the solution, a 10W USB charger that snaps onto a MacBook/MacBook Pro power brick and allows you to charge both your laptop and your iOS device simultaneously.

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100W USB spec coming to recharge your MacBook

100W USB spec coming to recharge your MacBook

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced [pdf link] a new super-charged power delivery spec for USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections, which could deliver up to 100W to external peripherals. Intended to encourage the adoption of microUSB on more gadgets - which may previously have demanded greater power than the current USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 allows for - the work-in-progress standard would also allow you to flip the direction of the charging without needing to swap the cables around.

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