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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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Corsair HX650W Pro series modular PSU arrives

Corsair HX650W Pro series modular PSU arrives

Corsair more typically show up on these pages for their SSD offerings, but that doesn't mean they aren't beavering away on other devices elsewhere.  A good example is the Corsair Professional Series HX650W modular power supply, successor to the HX620W, and promising to be the best option for those building an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 PC.

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WildCharge WiProwess deal could see cable-free charging in cars, desks, notebooks

Whether or not your think wire-free charging is the future of mobile devices, you can’t argue with WildCharge‘s licensing ferocity.  Fresh from their deal with battery heavyweights Duracell comes news that they’ve signed up WiProwess as a “certified design center”.  Now that might not mean much initially, but WiProwess have plans to put the conductive charging system into desks, cars, AC outlets and more.

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BFG EX-1000 Modular Power Supply announced

BFG Technologies announced the EX-1000 today, a brand new modular power supply that uses Frequency Conversion Technology in order to imitate a smaller power supply for better low load efficiency.

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Sony Lithium-Iron batteries boost power, lifespan; promise quicker charges

Sony Lithium-Iron batteries boost power, lifespan; promise quicker charges

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.

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Korea push for 1W notebook standby, 2W PC, in latest green scheme

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.

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BeamBox MiLi universal charger offers twin USB power

BeamBox MiLi universal charger offers twin USB power

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.

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Wireless charging system spans 1m gaps

Wireless charging system spans 1m gaps

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.

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Tweet-a-Watt prompts XBee router hack

Tweet-a-Watt prompts XBee router hack

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 demo hybrid fuel-cell concepts

Sony demo hybrid fuel-cell concepts

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.

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IDAPT i2 and i3 Universal Chargers

IDAPT i2 and i3 Universal Chargers

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.

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