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Sense home energy monitoring device review (part 1)

REVIEW – Monitoring electrical usage is useful to reduce energy cost, to understand what electrical devices are being used in real time and historically, and to discover abnormal operation that may indicate current or anticipated problems with electrical devices.  Sense Home Energy Monitoring has the potential to achieve all of this. Read on to see what …

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Ten One Design Stella illuminated laptop charging cord review

REVIEW – Have you ever seen a new product and thought wow, why didn’t someone think of that a long time ago? That’s what I thought of the first time I saw the Stella illuminated laptop charging cord from Ten One Design. What is it? The Ten One Design Stella illuminated laptop charging cord is …

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Cummins unveils fully electric Urban Hauler Tractor

It’s not very often (I think this is the first time) that I get to share news about products from my day job at Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. Cummins makes diesel engines, so most of you would probably not consider them to be gadget related. But today is exciting because Cummins pulled the wraps (literally) …

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Monitor your energy usage without having to use a special plug-in module

Several companies sell modules that you can plug in between the wall outlet and your device to monitor how much power it uses.  That’s great, but you can monitor energy usage by plugging your device directly into the Outlink wall outlet.  Outlink replaces your current wall outlet.  The bottom socket is standard, and the top …

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No more crawling under the desk to plug things in with the Wall Mounted Outlet Extender

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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Bolse 5-port USB desktop charger review

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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Cut costs and energy with Philips new PowerSensor displays

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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This power strip could get into Mensa

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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Smartronix USB Power Meter reveals the power needs of your favorite USB devices

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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Put your Pedaling to Good use with the ECOXPOWER Headlight + Smart Phone Charger

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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mrBEAMS ReadyBright Home Power Outage System Review

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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