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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bring the Power Along with the Tekkeon TekCharge MP1860A

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Mobile Power
Manufacturer:Tekkeon
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
Price: MSRP $69.95
Specifications: Please see manufacturer website.

Pros:

  • Easily provides power for your devices;
  • Can charge two devices at once;
  • Long lasting battery.

Cons:

  • Cheap on/off switch can accidentally be switched;
  • Flashlight seems gimmicky.

Summary: Like power windows in a car, this little battery is the product you never thought you'd need, but once you have it, you won't want to live without it. The MP1860A gives you a pocket full of juice for your devices. Read more...


Monday, July 25, 2011

Get Extra Device Power with the Tekkeon myPower MP3750 External Battery

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:30 AM

Please click on the video title above to watch it on YouTube in 1080p full screen video.

Who doesn't' want more battery life from their mobile device? I think we all do. I've been on a personal quest for years to find the best multipurpose external battery that I could find. I've looked at a few of them of the years (such as this one, and this one), but every one I've looked at has had limited functionality in some way. Usually it's that it's not compatible with whatever new laptop I'm using. The Tekkeon myPower MP3750, which sells for $119 in the Digital Home Thoughts Amazon.com store, is versatile battery in that it not only serves as a power source for a laptop, but with the USB port it can power a variety of devices. I was eager to take a look at it, and for the most part have been quite impressed with it. Read more...


Friday, April 29, 2011

Simple, But Effective Electronic Device Charging

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5794824/the...lip-of-a-switch

"The Belkin Conserve Socket isn't the only product of its type, but it's super simple and relatively inexpensive at only $10. Just plug your gadget into the adapter, set it to shut off after a half hour, three hours, or six hours, and forget about it. It'll charge your gadget up and cut the power when it's done so you don't kill the battery."

Charging portable electronic devices is, well, a fact of life. It seems we have more and more charging to do all the time. While there have been tremendous advances over the years in battery technology, particularly in how charging affects battery life, a little help from a device like the Belkin Conserve Socket can make the whole process more efficient. The idea is very simple: set the charge time via a switch on the adapter, plug your device into it and the adapter into the wall and you are ready to charge efficiently. One thing to be careful of: if your device is not turned off while the charging process is underway, once the charging is complete the device will resume depleting the battery. At $10, this is a handy, cost-effective, and efficient addition to your electronic device collection.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

FastMac U-Socket: Simple Yet Brilliant

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/17/...king-it-a-bett/

The above picture pretty much says it all, doesn't it? It's so simple, so obvious, yet so brilliant. $19.95 per plate is a bit expensive if you deploy them all over your house, but I bet the average home could make make great use of a handful of these placed in smart areas for charging smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, etc. Each USB port kicks out a potent 2100 mAH, which should be plenty to charge any device that can accept USB power. I think I might order a couple - I'm not much of an electrician, but I suspect they'd be pretty easy to install. Just make sure you turn off the breaker for that zone of your house first!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boston Power Batteries Broadly Available...via Generic Third-Party Batteries?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.drbattery.com/boston-pow...es-battery.aspx

It seems like an eternity ago when I was at the first - and so far, only CNTRSTG event - and I heard Dr. Christine Lampe-Önnerud talk about Boston Power's battery technology. Go check out that article for details on why Boston Power's battery technology sounded so promising; I've been waiting since then to see Boston Power batteries show up from Dell, HP, or pretty much anyone else...and for the most part, I've seen nothing. So imagine my surprise when I was looking for a battery for an old Toshiba Satellite M50 and saw that the Dr. Battery site had Boston Power's Sonata batteries available for hundreds of laptops! The basic benefits are 1000+ charging cycles before a reduction in performance is seen, a three year warranty, and a performance cycle of 3-5 years. The latter is important for those laptops that stay plugged in most of the time and don't get a lot of charging cycles.

I'd absolutely pay more for Sonata batteries on my next Dell or HP laptop - so why aren't the big guys giving me this option? Is the only way to get this technology from Dr. Battery? Something seems quite wrong about that...


Friday, November 6, 2009

Sniff Out The Energy Hogs in Windows 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:30 AM

I read about this tip in Maximum PC, tried it myself, and thought I'd share it with Digital Home Thoughts readers. It's pretty cool! This tip will tell Windows 7 to generate a power report, telling you which devices are mis-configured for optimal power savings.

To generate this report, here's what you do: first, click on the Start button, then type CMD. Right-click on the CMD program that will appear in the filtered list, and select Run As Administrator. A command-line box will appear. At the prompt, type in powercfg -energy. Wait 60 seconds, and Windows 7 will generate an HTML file called energy-report in the Systerm32 directory. Go find it and check out the results. Read more...


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