Sumajin’s Flex Champion Character brings good things to light and sound. Standing a foot tall, it will hold your iPhone, Touch, classic, or Video iPod or cellie while it syncs and charges. Available in white, black, or silver, it features an E14 socket for energy saving 7W of light and a special socket plate for a tea candle (not included.) Based on their former Flex character key chains and other inexpensive accessories, this one will set you back $200.00.
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iLuv has a new 2.1 channel iPod Docking/Charging Station with a built-in woofer. The i399BLK features an FM tuner with 20 preset keys, a digital clock, beat-sensitive mood lighting, remote control and aux. inputs for 3.5mm headphones and alternate devices. The station supports Bluetooth and comes with a detachable BluePin for turning your cellie into a speakerphone. Compatible with most dockable iPods (the exceptions being 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gens,) it comes with a price of $229.00.
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Being a gadget-geek occasionally has its downside…such as keeping track of all your “toys” and making sure they’re always charged. Brookstone’s Charging Valet can certainly lend a hand. It’s a handsome, wooden storage unit with a hidden power surge and can hold up to six devices. Just plug their adapters (which also remain hidden) into the surge and Voila! You’ll have an elegant display for your gadgets—while simultaneously charging them. Holds MP3 players, PDAs, digital cameras, portable game consoles and more and measures 13 7/16"L x 8 7/16"W x 5 5/16"L. Available for $75 USD.
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Toshiba has announced that, as early as March, their new Super Charge ion Batteries will be launching for industrial use. The new SCiB batteries have roughly the same capacity as current generation Lithium Ion batteries, but are able to reach 90% charge in under 5 minutes. Once these filter down to consumer gadgets it will mean laptops and cell phones able to charge in mere minutes rather than the hours that both devices currently take.
The new batteries can be charged 5,000 times without damage (about 10 years of average use) and don’t have any weight or heat disadvantages that existing Lithium Ion batteries. While the new SCiB will be available in March their initial use will be industrial or automotive. It’s currently unknown how long it will be before Toshiba releases smaller form factors aimed at consumer electronics.
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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We told you about the Eureka N!ergy Tent, which contains plugs for you to juice up your precious gadgets while you’re out camping. But what if you’re going to the beach? We bring you the Solar Beach Tote from Juice Bag, which has a solar panel built-in on the side, and allows you to—you guessed it—charge that iPod, cell phone, GPS or whatever device you just can’t leave home without. As environmentally-friendly gadget freaks, we love the idea, but we’ll have to wait until the price comes down from the rather expensive $250 USD.
When you are on the go, staying juiced up on power is a necessity. The iGo Everywhere 8 charging unit is all about keeping your devices fully charged, anywhere you go. Aside from the handy carrying case, you have a retractable cable, a car charger, and a wall charging unit. You need to purchase an adapter that works with your gadget of choice, and iGo offers a multitude of add-ons to charge just about anything. Plus, they were smart enough to make their blister pack perforated so that it’s simple to open. Check out the video for our review.
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