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Pivot Power Strip by Quirky Makes Charging Easier

Pivot Power Strip by Quirky Makes Charging Easier

We have all been there, 30 outlets, but only able to use 6. Nothing is more frustrating than buying a monster power strip with 30 or more outlets only to find most of them are un-useable. Not because there is something wrong with the outlets, but the shape of the power adapter you are plugging in ends up covering 2 or 3 additional outlets. Then there are those fat power adapters that can only be plugged in from one angle and naturally that angle makes almost half the power strip useless. Pivot Power, from Quirky has a solution. Pivot Power is a flexible power strip that can help reduce some of that frustration.

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Belkin Conserve range gets new intelligent plugs, energy meter & charging station

Belkin Conserve range gets new intelligent plugs, energy meter & charging station

Belkin has outed a new range of earth-friendly power products that it reckons will help people not only reduce their carbon emissions but - since a little self-interest is always good - cut their electricity bills too.  Slotting into Belkin's Conserve range, the four new products include the Conserve Insight, a plug-in energy meter that shows how much juice your appliance is guzzling, and the Conserve Valet, a home charging station for USB-powered devices like cellphones and PMPs, which automatically shuts down the supply when each is fully charged.

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FastMac U-Socket on sale now: $20 for USB charging convenience

FastMac U-Socket on sale now: $20 for USB charging convenience

The FastMac U-Socket combination AC and USB outlet - first spotted back in December 2009 - has finally gone on sale, offering a straightforward way to charge up USB gadgets like smartphones, PMPs and even your iPad without having to reach for the AC adapter.  Priced at $19.95 for those willing to preorder (or $29.95 after that), the outlet only supplies power to the USB ports when there's something plugged in.

It's also had a redesign since the prototype first shown, moving the two USB ports to one side of the outlet rather than, as before, flanking either side of them.  That may spoil the symmetry but it also means you'll still be able to plug in a USB even with two reasonably bulky wall-warts taking up the AC slots.

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OCZ drops new PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II PSU

OCZ drops new PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II PSU

PC Power & Cooling was one of the biggest names in power supplies for computers for a long time before OCZ snapped the company up. Power supplies from PC Power & Cooling have great reputations for performance and stability in the enthusiast market, and they still do. OCZ has announced a new addition to the PSU line from the company.

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TruePower outlet packs USB ports AND AC for just $9.95

TruePower outlet packs USB ports AND AC for just $9.95

After we marvelled at a DIY way of converting a dull, regular AC outlet into a dual USB outlet yesterday, it turns out there's soon to be an off-the-shelf way of doing it too.  The handiwork of Michael Lowdermilk, the TruePower UCS Power Outlet With Built-In USB Ports (maybe a snappier name is needed, Michael?) is currently going through safety approval, but once it's cleared that it'll offer not only the two USB ports of the DIY solution but keep the two AC outlets as well.

Even better, Michael reckons it's going to cost a mere $9.95 when it's eventually on sale.  We can't quite figure out how he manages that, but we won't argue with it too much; this is a geek's dream, frankly.

[via CrunchGear]

Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply: up to 1600W

Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply: up to 1600W

Ultra Products' latest power supply has arrived, and as you'd expect from a PSU priced upwards of $99.99 it offers a few neat tricks for the money.  The Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply uses an array of ports rather than fixed cables, meaning system builders can use just which cords they choose rather than having to route unwanted connectors out of the way.  The PSU is also 80 Plus Certified, meaning less energy waste and reduced heat output.  It should be quieter, too, thanks to a sizeable 135mm fan and a silicone chassis bracket for reducing vibrations.

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Sony wireless power system runs TV from 80cm away

Sony wireless power system runs TV from 80cm away

With wireless HDMI now offering 1080p without the cable, wall-mounting an HDTV can leave you with just a single connection to worry about hiding: the power cable.  That might change, though, thanks to Sony Japan, who have developed a wireless power system that can beam 60W over a distance of 50cm.  The company's prototype is a 22-inch LCD, but the setup could also be used to wirelessly rejuice a laptop.

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