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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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Cooler Master 500W Silent Pro PSU starts car [Video]

Cooler Master 500W Silent Pro PSU starts car [Video]

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!

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PS Audio ships IP-enabled PowerPlay power conditioners

PS Audio ships IP-enabled PowerPlay power conditioners

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.

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Corsair TX850W 80% energy efficient power supply

Corsair TX850W 80% energy efficient power supply

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.

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