Power

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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Posted in: Android

You might remember Andy's review of the IDAPT a few months ago. They have just updated this multi-charger with an extra USB port, a glossier and finish, and a few new features including compatibility with the iPhone 4 & iPad. The IDAPT i4 is available now in black, white or silver for $59.99 MSRP. The [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Tremont Electric has developed the nPower® PEG (Personal Energy Generator), a small, lightweight device that recharges your hand-held electronics from the kinetic energy you generate while walking, running, or biking.  Slip it in your backpack, briefcase, or purse and go about your daily activities. As you move, your PEG will continuously top-off its internal battery [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, News, Outdoor Gear

In an effort to continue the fight against vampire power suckers, Belkin's new Conserve Valet power station gives us an energy efficient way to charge up to four of our electronic devices at a time. The benefit of the Valet is that it shuts itself off once all the connected devices have been charged. This [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Reviews

I love Green gadgets, and I'm not just talking about their color. The ECO Button is a small device that connects to your Windows PC (sorry, no Mac support at this time) through the USB port. When you aren't using your computer, you can press the Eco Button and your computer will go into energy [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News

Last year, Julie was kind enough to send over the Artwizz Powerbat for me to review and I thought was a great piece of kit.  It was small, light, looks great and it's a cinch to use.  And, since having done the review, I've used it countless times to provide power to my gear whilst traveling, without any issues whatsoever. Recently [...]

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Posted in: iOS, Reviews, Travel Gear

ThinkGeek offers a very portable, wearable universal charger they call the Bracer of Battery Life +2.  Unlike most charge-as-you-go chargers, this battery-extender doesn't ruin the sleek lines of your phone, mp3 player, or gaming device, and you don't need a different one for each of your gadgets.  You wear the Bracer on your wrist like [...]

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Posted in: News, Travel Gear

It doesn't suck power. As in vampire power, the new buzz term for chargers that continue to slurp electricity even when they are not actively charging your phone. AT&T's soon to be released ZERO Charger automatically shuts down when it is not in use, eliminating 100% of vampire power. The ZERO is an AC charger [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News

Geek Going Green

Photo Courtesy of engadget.com

It’s no secret that everyone is looking for new ways to save power for whatever reason; either because you want to be “greener” or you want to lower your power bills from the “vampire suck” of plugged in but turned off electronics.  For $40.00, TV TrickleSaver shuts off the flow of power to your gaming [...]

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