If you've grown tired of running out of battery power on your iPod touch, eBay has your answer. Today they're offering a whopping 73% off the Mophie Juice Pack Air, which essentially doubles the battery life of your device. These normally sell for $70, but today's deal brings it to you for $19, saving you $51--and shipping is included in that price. They've got limited stock, and this deal will only last for a few hours. If you're interested, head on over:
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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a law that would bar the Obama administration from limiting shipments of lithium-ion batteries by air.
The proposed rule by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the FAA would have eliminated exceptions for small lithium batteries, classifying them as "Class 9" hazardous cargo, and requiring a number of labeling and other safety regulations.
The House will have to reconcile its legislation with the Senate before President Obama can sign a unified joint bill, as Bloomberg noted.
There have been numerous incidents of batteries short-circuiting, and many of those have involved airplanes. (The last major battery incident involved Sony, in 2008; that recall then, however, did not cover airplanes.) The proposed rule noted that out of 21 and 44 incidents involving lithium batteries since 1991 involved passenger aircraft; of those, 16 involved carry-on luggage, and one involved checked baggage. Twenty-three incidents involved cargo aircraft, presumably in pallets of batteries being transported by air.
Here's today’s Deal of the Day list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a huge Walmart clearance sale and a Sony VAIO Core i3 laptop for $550 with free shipping:
- Walmart clearance sale
- Sony VAIO Core i3 laptop - $550 + free shipping
- NOVA 2 for iPhone & iPod touch - $1 (a $6 discount)
- 48 Kodak rechargeable AAA batteries with charger - $28 + free shipping
Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.
I was thinking about why Apple would want to release their Apple Battery Charger product, since you can pretty much get batteries anywhere, and I think it comes down to Apple wanting to do their part in eliminating the annoyance that many have with changing batteries when a device runs out of juice. With the introduction of the Magic Trackpad, Apple now has three devices that are powered by AA batteries, with the other two being their wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. According to Apple, they were able to come into the battery market with a few key advances. One such feature is an intelligent power management system so that once the batteries are charged fully, it goes into a low power state, using about 90% less power than your average charger. That’s nice. The batteries also have a long service life, which Apple says is up to 10 years. Also nice. Still though, this isn’t really a market that Apple needed to be in.
In our opinion, Apple’s goal here was to innovate a bit for the benefit of their own products. They sell you six batteries so you can have two in a wireless keyboard, and two in a Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse, and then you can also have two always in the charger, ready to be swapped. It pretty much eliminates worry of running out of juice, which gives you all of the benefits of having wireless devices with none of the drawbacks since you always have two fresh batteries ready for you (unless you somehow have both the wireless keyboard and the pointing device run out at the same time.)
We like the strategy. You can pick up the Apple Battery Charger for $29 from Apple.
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The toy robot, Evoia, that you see in the picture here has actually broken two Guinness World Records. The first was its climb of the Grand Canyon, and the other is the “longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote controlled model car”.
Yes, you can watch the YouTube video below of Evoia trailing a car going 0.6 miles per hour on the historic Le Mans race track. It traveled for 24 hours, covering 14.82 miles, on just two EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries.
I’ll be Evoia is feeling good about itself, and I’m sure the Energizer Bunny wants to kill him.
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For those who have been clamoring, nay, shouting for rechargeable batteries to be made more user-friendly and versatile, your day is close at hand. Enter the AtoD Battery, a brand new memory-foam encased Nickel Hydroxide Rechargeable. At 1.5 Volts it packs the same power as a AA, but with one substantial difference: its memory-foam casing allows you to shape it to match any size battery from AAA to D. The starting size is that of a standard D battery, so while it may prove versatile it does present one small drawback: lag time in re-inflation. Just make sure that you have the size right before you impress your friends by smashing a battery with your bare hands only to discover that your their Wii remotes take AA’s and not AAA’s.
No release date has been named as of yet, but you can expect plenty of memory-foam laced witticisms from your local newscast (“Remember Memory-foam?”, etc.) when it is. If nothing else, this may portend the re-introduction of ‘D-Battery Night’ at your local ballpark - not even Phillies fans could turn these into weapons.
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Sanyo, parent of the Eneloop brand batteries, has come up with a lamp powered by 2 AA eneloop batteries (naturally.) The ENL-Y1S(W) can be used as a bedside table lamp with either white or blue light. It also doubles as a flashlight. The lamp will run for up to 35 hours shining white light, or 16 hours with blue light, depending upon brightness. Included in the ¥15,000 (~$156.00) price is a non-metallic contactless charging stand.
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Marshall fans will dig this Mini Guitar Amp. Powered by a 9V battery (not included,) the claim is that it sounds like a full size amp. While that may not be true, it does look like the original and features overdrive, tone and volume control. It comes with a belt clip for those who wander while they jam, and a headphone jack for times of solitude. The 5.75-inch tall mini amplifier is available for $44.99.
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Sujoy K. Guha from the India Institute of Technology in Kharagpur has created a biventricular pump (artificial heart) with two ventricular pumps of interconnected diaphragm chambers. Run by a battery driven motor, his inspiration was a cockroach heart which has up to 13 chambers, while the human only has four. When one fails in a human it creates a heart attack but when one goes bad on a cockroach, it just keeps going. So far it has been successfully tested on a frog and Guha plans to try it out on a goat.
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Dazzle your relatives at the next family picnic since this is no ordinary Frisbee. Toss this Flying Disc-O around and its LED and fiber optic illumination system goes through 7 different colors. Durable, yet comfortable to handle, the disc has a 10.5-inch diameter and comes with two replaceable lithium coin cell batteries. Not recommended for kids under three or dogs that like to chew their toys, the Disc-O can be yours for $29.98.
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