Sony have unveiled a new rechargeable battery which promises rapid charging, high power and extended lifespans. The new batteries are based on Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate, which enables a high power density of 1,800W/kg together with a lifespan of 2,000 charge/discharge cycles; after that, Sony claim the batteries will still hold 80-percent of their original capacity.
Korea has stepped up to be the first government to mandate a maximum power consumption rate for “green” PCs and laptops in standby mode. An evolution of the country’s Energy Efficiency program, the ruling means that PCs must consume 2W or less while in standby, and laptops 1W or less, in order to wear the “e-Standby” compliance label.
BeamBox have taken a few minutes out of their busy pico-projector schedule to give us this, the surprisingly useful MiLi universal charger. A palm-sized block with interchangeable US, UK, Australian and European plug adapters, the MiLi also has a flip-out in-car plug, and provides juice to two USB ports.
Wireless power isn't new - Palm Pre owners have the option of it with the Touchstone accessory, but it's also used in electric toothbrushes and various other applications - but the devices in question usually have to be very close or touching. Showa Aircraft Industry Co Ltd, however, have developed a contactless power supply system that can bridge up to a 1m gap.
The Tweet-a-Watt project was good - in fact good enough to win a competition - but there are a few obvious flaws in the first iteration of the design. Not least is the requirement to have a computer turned on to receive power-use stats and tweet about them; now Adafruit Industries are back with their solution, a hacked $40 ASUS router with XBee wireless capabilities.
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Sony has been demonstrating a number of fuel-cell concepts, ranging from portable power units to rechargers and even home speaker systems that have their own methanol power-source. Of most interest are the two devices seen here, which may look like retro radios but in fact combine a rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a methanol fuel-cell.
Universal chargers usually look like complicated octopus creatures, with multiple proprietary tips dangling off a cluster of cables, or maybe a single box and a bag of easy-to-lose adapters, but IDAPT's solution is bit more sturdy. Saying that, the i2 and i3 Universal Chargers also require a bit more room, being intended for table-top rather than travel use. Interchangeable plugs slot into the base plate, letting you centralise your commonly-used gadgets.
High-end PC power supplies get asked to do a lot - you don't think that multi-head graphics card setup runs on pixie dust, do you? - but they're seldom taken into the garage and asked to turn a car engine over. That's what the Cooler Master guys have done, though, to demonstrate their 500W PSU. Check out the video after the cut!
Remotely access power management system is not a new application in IT fields for server or datacenter services; but it’s for home-theater appliances, especially a niche market product such as power conditioner. Announced exactly one year ago, PS audio finally gets the go-ahead to ship its globally accessible, IP-enabled power conditioner Powerplay today.
Corsair have announced a new 850W power supply intended for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts. The Corsair TX850W is built using industrial grade components and can operate at 100-percent load at an ambient temperature of 50-degrees centigrade. It also has a dedicated +12V rail that can deliver 70A (840W); that's a full 98.8-percent of the PSU's total output.
If you're like me, you're always running out of battery life on your various gadgets during the day. Whether it's your cell phone, MP3 player or laptop, we all could use more battery life at some point. That's why the Powergorilla Battery Charger is nifty to have around.
This unit is portable and resembles a brick of sorts. It can be used to charge up your portable media devices or your laptop, if you wish. Specs for this battery charger include the ability to amp up your laptop for an extra 2-5 hours and other portable devices up to 20 hours.
There are adjustable voltage options as well, letting you specify just how much power you want. And LCD screen always keeps you in the know when it comes to how much power is left and its status. The Powergorilla Battery Charger works with devices charged by means of USB. You can expect to pay $299 for this gizmo. The added battery life is certainly worth it, almost $300 is a lot of money for some people.