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Vodafone truck can charge 2,000 mobile handsets at one time

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Keeping your phone juiced up while at a festival or large event is hard to do. Some independent companies have even set up camps and charge festival-goers to power their smartphones. But now the Vodafone VIP recharging truck is on the road and headed to 11 festivals this year.

The truck offers Vodafone customers the opportunity to charge up completely free of charge. That way you can go on snapping pics and texting away. This 44 ton vehicle can charge 2,000 devices at once just as quickly as it would at home. They are expecting to charge over 72,000 mobile devices this summer alone. That’s a lot of juice.

DROID Charge Launching April 28, DROID Bionic Originally Scheduled for May 12?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2011

The DROID Charge should be available next Thursday, according to a device lineup sheet from Costco. In fact next Thursday should be huge with the launch of the Incredible 2, the Charge and then maybe even the Xperia PLAY. That is going to be quite a launch day.

Much like the Bionic Man decades before it, the DROID Bionic was rumored to be canceled, but just like Steve Austin it has apparently risen from the ashes and is evident on the device lineup sheet with a May 12 date. Cue up the Six Million Dollar Man sound effects. Looks like they have plenty of time to sort out whatever it was that was causing problems with the device.

Sprint says all phones will charge and sync through microUSB by January 2012

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 22nd, 2011

Last year, the European Union ordered cell phone manufacturers to standardize their syncing and charging solutions: all phones should use microUSB to transfer data and charge. And let’s face it, to have things any other way is just annoying. The only problem is that the European Union failed to stand tough and at the last minute agreed to allow cell phone makers to comply with the law by shipping their phones with microUSB adapters. That’s crazy.

We can only hope that things go better here in the states, because Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, which would do us the great favor of making all chargers and syncing cables cross-compatible. Why he thinks this, we have no idea.

Powertrekk will charge your gadgets anywhere

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

The Powertrekk is a bit of an ugly device, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in usefulness. It’s a great gadget charger for any possible gadget as long as that gadget has a USB port. Powertrekk is designed for the outdoors, which is why it has a hydrogen fuel cell coupled with a battery pack.

In fact, both can charge each other, meaning that it can juice up a lot of your gadgets. Which makes it perfect for both travel or adventure. You will always have juice with this gadget.

Solar Spark Tablet Case keeps your tablet safe and juiced up

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

There are plenty of tablet cases available for the iPad but how many are lined with solar panels? The Spark Tablet Case by Voltaic can generate up to 8 watts of power to provide about an hour of iPad runtime for every hour in the sunlight. Not bad. It also comes with a solar chargeable battery that contains almost enough juice to give the iPad a single full charge. The battery can be charged using the solar panels on the case, or via a USB port or wall charger.

Other features include a high-power 2A USB port, a regular 650mA USB port to speed up the iPad recharging process, water resistant solar panels, and the case itself is also waterproof. It’s also large enough to fit other accessories with your iPad and the charger can charge other mobile devices.

Nintendo 3DS only offers 3 to 8 hours of play per charge

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2011

If you buy the 3DS you might want to consider a wall charger as well. Nintendo has unveiled figures for the 3DS’ battery life, and compared with its predecessors, it doesn’t look good. The official numbers are three to five hours per game, or five to eight hours if playing an older DS title. It takes up to three hours 30 minutes to fully recharge.

The DS gave us 10 to 14 hours, DS Lite 15 to 19 hours, DSi 9 to 14 hours, and DSi XL 13 to 17 hours. It’s safe to say you won’t be having any all-nighters playing a 3D Mario game on this thing unless you are plugged in.

Boost Case for iPhone 4

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

No matter how good the battery is on a device, we need more juice. The iPhone 4, like everything else, always seems to run down at the worst times. And the iPhone 4 also needs a case, so you might as well take care of both problems with one device.

The Boost Case will fit the bill since it has a battery inside. It has a black exterior with blue LEDs to show how much battery life is left in the device. The battery inside has 1700mAh of power and the case is just 0.69″ thick. The case can be charged alone or you can charge the case battery and the iPhone 4 battery at the same time, which is nice.

iFan keeps your iPhone juiced using wind

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of chargers for the iPhone, but the iFan is…different. It features a huge fan on top. The creator of this mod claims that it took him six hours to charge the phone, which probably is a little longer than most of us are willing to wait.

Still, if you are desperate for a charge and have lots of wind, it could come in handy. The designer thinks he can even reduce a few charging hours by redesigning the fan blades. Holding it out of a car window might help to.

PlayStation Move accessories charge controllers

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

The Wii had it’s turn at tons of silly attachments that make you look dorky and now it is the PlayStation Move’s turn. Nyko, Mad Catz, Interworks, CTA Digital, PDP and more are churning out plenty of plastic shells and chargers for those ball-tipped motion controllers.

You wouldn’t want just the Wii nerds waving around crap peripherals, now, would you? Looks like there is already something for everybody.

Intel wants to charge $50 to upgrade CPU performance

Posted in Intel by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This one will make you angry if you want every bit of power from your CPU. Intel is asking customers to pay extra if they want to unleash the full power of their store-bought cpus. An Engadget reader was at Best Buy when he spotted this $50 card. Intel websites confirm it. The card lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.

Hardware.info got themselves an early sample of the chip and it’s a full 1MB of L3 cache that’s enabled plus HyperThreading support. Chip companies already sell hardware-locked chips, so this isn’t new. The process is called binning, but binned chips are usually sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their chips turned are defective after printing.

Military-designed “Bat Hook” lets you charge your devices using power lines

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

If you’ve ever wondered how Batman gets his gadgets charged, this is probably the answer. The military has developed the Remote Auxiliary Power System or RAPS. RAPS can be deployed like a grappling hook with overhead power lines. Then a tiny blade will penetrate the power line and make contact with the live wire inside.

The area around the blade will make contact with a second exposed wire that all powerlines have, transmitting electricity to an AC to DC converter safely at the end of the cable.

Orange announces boots to charge your gadgets

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

Orange has launched a new accessory. One that won’t be winning any fashion awards anytime soon. I mean look at that pic. Why would you put an ugly pair of boots on such a hot girl? Anyway these boots are designed to charge your mobile phone and are called Orange Power Wellies.

The Orange Power Wellies will give you enough power to charge your phone for one hour after you’ve walked for twelve hours. Your feet will be sore, but at least you’ll have an hour of juice.

Solar-Powered Battery offers 29 ways to charge

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

You can talk about Solar Power, but are you ready to get serious about it? If so, this 20,000mAh battery comes with 29 adapters to charge your phones, MP3 players, cameras and laptops. It basically has all of your gadgets covered.

The battery charges in about eight hours of sunlight, while plugging into AC will get it done in only three. Once it’s full it will work with just about any gadget you throw at it. And that is the real benefit here. Solar versatility.

Michelin Smart Jumper Cables

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

Connecting jumper cables from one car to the other is pretty easy already, but Michelin is making it even easier. The Michelin Smart Jumper Cables are all blue. That’s because you no longer need them to be color coded even.

The circuitry inside knows exactly what is going on and can detect whether a successful complete circuit is achieved or not, and it will let you know via the LED. When a second battery is connected, it will determine the polarity automatically and switch to accomodate. No more worrying about shocks or sparks. Pretty neat.

Scosche flipSYNC iPhone cable

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2010

iPhone users are used to dealing with a weak battery. If you find yourself constantly charging while on the go, then chances are that you have an iPhone USB cable. Well, the flipSYNC from Scosche looks like an ordinary cable, an ordinary fob you might have on your keychain, but it can actually be unplugged from your laptop and turned into a iPhone USB cable.

That way you don’t have to worry about not having an iPhone cable with you at all times. The flipSYNC should be available very soon, but there is no pricing information yet.