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High Capacity Solar Charger

Solar Charger

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.

Read More | Chinavision

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Andy Dick Lives Up to His Name

Andy Dick mugshot

UPDATE: Dick has since pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and marijuana possession

Less Than Perfect. Sounds about right.

At around 1 a.m this morning, comedian Andy Dick was arrested in Murietta, CA after a drunken incident in a parking lot. The former star was outside the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant when he allegedly assaulted a female.

According to the report, the 42-year-old approached two girls and then grabbed the shirt of a 17-year-old. The victim’s breasts were exposed after her tank top and bra were both pulled down.

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New iPhone Juice Pack adds oomph to iPhone batteries

iPhone Juice PackMophie’s new Juice Pack promises to more than double the life of your 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.

Read More | Mophie via Gizmodo


Bleeding Edge TV 190: How to Replace Your iPhone Battery

has locked down the 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 Develops Sugar-Run Batteries

Sony Glucose Batteries

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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This Battery Can Bend

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science,

Bendable BatteryResearchers have developed a flexible battery that can be twisted, bent, or shaped with scissors. The pricey prototype created at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is only one piece with carbon nanotubes and an electrolyte embedded in the paper, and is black on one side and white on the other. Professor Robert Linhardt said he would like to “scale this up to the point where you can imagine printing like a newspaper. That would be the ultimate.”

We just hope that the “ultimate” would be a product that we don’t have to worry about being recalled.

Read More | The Examiner

Find iPhone Battery Life with Death Watch

dead phoneThose clever folks at PC Magazine have devised an iPhone Death Watch for those of you who are worried about your new toy’s battery and are already fretting over its expiration date and possible withdrawal while you exchange it. Simply enter the date of purchase and the calculator will tell you when to plan for the end and its subsequent replacement.

Apple claims that after 400 charges, an iPhone retains only 80%. Since this was all the info the mag could get out of the company, they just used one of their own to estimate how long between charges, added in the length of trickle charging over a USB port, and came up with 1.5 days. They also stretched the amount of charges to 450, multiplied the two together, and voila, the Death Widget was born. If you get too paranoid about the countdown and take the issue too seriously, we suggest that you take off another couple of days to account for all that calendar reassurance.

Read More | PC Magazine

The Battery Converter Transforms AA Battery into a D Cell

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Household, Mods / Hacks,

Battery ConverterWe wonder if the D-Cell battery suffers from low self-esteem, as it’s never been as popular as rivals AA and AAA. Another blow to D’s self-image is the Battery Converter, a plastic case the size and shape of a D-cell with connectors that allow you to slip in a AA…and use it as a D battery. Ouch. Since both AA’s and D’s have the same voltage, it’s an easy conversion—just don’t expect them to last as long as bona fide D-cells. At $5 USD for two, we think the Battery Converter has potential, especially for your flashlights during blackouts.

Read More | Brando via Shiny Shiny


Bleeding Edge 072: CES 2007 Video: PowerStick Provides Juice On The Go

At CES this year we got a chance to meet with Andrew Kular, CEO of Ecosol Technologies. Ecosol has won the CES Innovations award this year for their Powerstick, a portable power solution for gadgets. The Powerstick is a small device that looks like a thick USB memory key, but does something far more valuble to the geek on the go: provide power for empty gadgets quickly and efficiently.

The Powerstick features a standard USB plug on one end, and a custom multi-port on the other. When you plug the Powerstick into a powered USB port it’s internal Lithium-Polymer battery charges up (and it’s LCD fuel gauge fills up) enabling you to plug a gadget into the other end via an adapter to power it up later.

According to Andrew the Powerstick will nearly double the life of most cell phones, iPods, portable media players, and other gadgets.  If you have ever run out of power at the worst of times the Powerstick sounds like it’s for you - the convenience of disposable charging solutions, but reusable for 500 charges. Check the video for the full scoop.


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