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I just put an Elfa shelving unit in my tiny kitchen with no counter space.  I now have a place to work while preparing food, but plugging in my little KitchenAid chopper requires me to crawl under the unit and reach behind the water cooler to plug it in.  I was thinking about getting a [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Home, Kitchen, News

Perhaps, like me, your bedside table has evolved over time into a charging station. I run down the batteries in my devices during the day, and the nightstand is the most convenient place to both recharge the devices while I sleep and keep them nearby for nighttime reading, email or phone calls. I haven’t adapted gracefully [...]

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Philip's has just announced two new PowerSensor LED displays that cut energy costs up to 80% by detecting a user's presence and automatically reducing the brightness when the person steps away from their computer. This not only reduces energy consumption and your electric bill, but it also helps prolong the life of the monitor. The [...]

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posted in Computer Gear, News

You’ve seen the Quirky Pivot Power strip, haven’t you?  It’s the one that has pivoting outlets that allow power plugs and those giant AC adapters fit better, so that you don’t lose some of the outlets because of chunky adapters.  Well, the Pivot Power Genius takes this flexible strip one better.  It still bends to [...]

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Bracketron Smart Lantern review

If  you've ever been in a situation where one of your mobile devices has run out of power and there is no outlet around, you'd probably appreciate having a battery backup.  Bracketron's solution is their Smart Lantern, which not only supplies the power, but also lights your way in the dark.  Here's something you may [...]

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I have become a huge fan of the portable battery backup solutions.  I have reviewed numerous ones here on the Gadgeteer and purchased numerous ones for family members.  In fact I have 3 backup battery solutions right now among the items in my daily gear, so I am a fan.  But all those solutions only [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Laptops and Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

I am a gadget guy, so I am always in need of a power source.  I have gadgets of all shapes and sizes which of course need to be charged.  So my eyes are always peeled for a portable power source.  So when I spotted the Iron Man Power Pack (hereafter referred to as the [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear

If you like to tinker with your own electronics projects or are a data geek who needs to know how much juice your tablet, smartphone or other USB device really needs to charge via USB, the Smartronix USB Power Meter will provide that info. It can also tell you how much power a USB port [...]

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If I was a bicycle enthusiast, I'd be all over the ECOXPOWER from ECOXGEAR. It's a pedal powered front / rear headlight for your bike that can also charge your USB devices. As it is, I don't ride bikes because I have bad knees. Or that's what I tell people. Actually, I don't ride bikes [...]

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posted in News, Outdoor Gear

Living in New Hampshire has its benefits,  however, one annoyance is the frequent and sometimes prolonged power outages caused by trees falling on the power lines.  Some residents invest in automatic generators, but my approach was a manual backup generator, saving about 2/3 thirds the cost.  Using the  ReadyBright Power Outage Lighting System by mrBeams, I [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Reviews

When I drive, my iPhone is typically rattling around a cup holder or the center armrest between the front seats, neither of which is ideal. I cannot tell you the number of times it has fallen over or crashed to the floor of my vehicle. It is definitely not the ideal way to treat your [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

I'm sure most of us have a few powerstrips in use around our homes. They aren't the sexiest looking devices and aren't the easiest to store when not in use. A new Kickstarter project hopes to change that. It's called the Plugbook and it offers 2 power recepticals with a retractable cable in the convenient [...]

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In my ever-present quest for more power for my gadgets, I was excited about the chance to review the solar DO10-JB Pocket Charger from Juicebar when the people at CableOrganizer offered to send one. I have tried other mobile power solutions that haven't always cut the mustard, so to speak. But the price of this little [...]

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posted in Pocket Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

The sOccket is a soccer ball that captures and stores energy while being played. It was developed by four students from Harvard, as a project. They tried to connect two observations they had: (1) kids all over the world are playing soccer and (2) many kids in the undeveloped world don't have electricity at home. [...]

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You've probably heard the term "Vampire Power"? It's the power that some electronic devices "suck", when they are plugged in, but not being used. One example of such a device is an AC adapter that charges your gadgets. In addition to being a huge waste of energy, Vampire power is something that you pay for [...]

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Do you have a dusty old power strip under your desk? Isn't it fun to stand on your head to plug and unplug your various gadget chargers when ever you need some juice? The Coalesse PowerPod is a power strip that you can display on top of your desk, instead of hiding it under your [...]

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When my kids were younger, I spent vast amounts of money on juice boxes of all kinds, because when a kid is thirsty you gotta have some juice that's easy to deal with "on the go".  Trust me, spill a sippy-cup of Apple juice all over your car seats and you'll be making a bee-line [...]

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posted in Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

The new ¼ inch thin Jump Start Slim rechargeable 1100mAh Battery from DigiPower weighs in at 2 ounces. The Jump Start Slim features a brushed metal top, a high gloss black back that reminds me of an iPod Touch. It has optimized circuitry that allow for faster charging times from a computer or standard USB [...]

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The new power strip from Wet Circuits is water-resistant and shock-proof indoor/outdoor 4-outlet surge protector that has been designed to withstand the elements. You can even stick a tweezer in an outlet and you won’t be electrocuted. It's currently (pun intended) for $35.

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The Primo Battery Cube from Phonesuit is a cube shaped rechargeable battery pack for Android and Blackberry SmartPhones. Actually, it should work with any mini or micro USB enabled device. It's very compact at 1.5 inches in length and width, but provides 1000mAh battery capacity. It also features a 4 point red LED display that [...]

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