Five hundred lucky folks in Southern California, New York City and New Jersey will be given a chance to test drive the new 3-door MINI E before it is released to the general public. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor and can reach 62 mph in only 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 95 mph. The motor is made of over 5,000 individual power cells to make up a single battery. Head over to the MINI site to sign up and you may be one of the lucky ones to be chosen.
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The Datapal External Battery can extend your phone or iPod touch or nano, 3rd generation, for additional play of up to 30 hours of music, 6 hrs. of video, or 3 hrs. of talk time. The device has an LED working status indicator and a built-in 1900mAH rechargeable Li-On battery that connects through Apple’s fast port. Recharge with included USB cord in about 3 hours. At a size of 70 x 62 x 12.5mm and a weight of 54.5g, the battery is available for $30.99.
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Suppose you and your best bud want to exchange tunes or you have recently bought a new iPod and want a fuss-free way to switch your music to it. The iPod to iPod Transfer Device works without a computer and automatically knows when you plug in. Transfer rate is 5 seconds for a 3 minute song or only 3 minutes for a 30 minute video. The rechargeable battery can be used up to 1 1/2 hours, and an AC adapter recharges in 4 hours. At a size of 3/4 x 2 1/4x 3 1/2-inches and a weight of 2 oz., it also recharges your iPod. The TD is available for $99.95.
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If you live in Michigan, you couldn’t help but be inundated with news about the official unveiling of the Chevy Volt. Run on electricity from its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, it has a gas/E85-powered engine to sustain the battery and keep the car moving. GM estimates that a driver who drives about 40 miles per day should save about $1,500 a year. Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, climate and infotainment controls, GPS, and Bluetooth capability. Unfortunately, GM won’t even begin production until 2010 on the $40,000 car.
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Neuton has released the CE 6.2 Mower. The energy conscious company’s product has a removable, rechargeable battery that will run about an hour on an 8 hr. charge. The cost of recharging is only about a dime, a price that puts a gallon of gas to shame. The lawnmower cuts a 19-inch path with 360 watt-hours of energy. At the end of the summer, fold up its handlebars and stow it in a closet or under a table. The CE 6.2 comes with a collection bag, a side discharge chute, a mulching plug, a battery charger, and safety key. The price is $449.00 for a tool that should pay for itself in about a season.
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In our quest to find the gaudiest clothing around, we couldn’t resist this Love Meter T-Shirt. When you move closer to someone, you grow more bars. Of course the other person has to be wearing one, too. Go to a party where everyone dons one and it becomes a veritable lovefest. There is an on/off switch in case your preferred mate is of the wrong sex, and it comes in 4 sizes. Made of cotton, the tee has a removable battery pack that needs 4 AAAs and is priced at $47.34.
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Looking for inexpensive solar power? This 20000 ma/H gadget can be plugged into a wall or car and comes with plenty of adapters so that you can use it on 5V MP3 players, cell phones, or other small devices. It is also good for 16 or 24V laptops. The high capacity charger features overcharge, discharge, short circuit, and heat protection. The 205 x 282 x 18mm charger takes about 3 hrs. by AC, 8 to 10 on solar power, and can be yours for $149.25.
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Mophie’s new Juice Pack promises to more than double the life of your iPhone at the expense of a little pocketability. The sled style battery pack offers up an additional 250 hours of standby, 24 hours of music playback, 8 hours of talk time, 7 hours of video playback, or 6 hours of internet use. Featuring a soft grip case to help avoid those terrifying iPhone drops the Juice Pack seems like the perfect solution for anyone looking for a little extra juice out of their iPhone on long trips or while away from convenient AC power. The Power Pack is less than $100 and promises to ship by Christmas.
Apple has locked down the iPhone battery, which means that once it can’t hold a charge, you need to send it in. If you’d rather just buy your own battery and replace it yourself, we’ve got your hookup. Nate and I got together to film this this tutorial, which shows how to replace your iPhone battery. Heck, even if you have decided that you will never open up your iPhone on your own, we think it’s still pretty cool to see the process - so just hit play, okay?
Oh, and just to be sure we’re all clear, we take absolutely no responsibility if you try and replicate what you see in our video and end up bricking or damaging your phone. Okay, happy viewing!
Sony Japan has come up with batteries that can run on glucose. Pour in some grape juice or Gatorade and the 4-cell array can power speakers hooked up to a Walkman with only the addition of a small fan to produce an output of up to 50mW. Even if you can’t make out the translation, check out the demo of the prototype on their site, which pretty much speaks for itself. We were wondering what flavor the device would prefer and decided Fruit Punch sounds like it might be our best option.
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