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Duracell PowerSource 1800 UPS Emergency Power Video Review

clock May 26, 2011 00:37 by author Ty

When you're on the go and need basically a power-strip of AC sockets, the Duracell PowerSource 1800 will provide exactly what you're looking for. The Duracell PowerSource 1800 puts out 1800 watts of max power, with up to 1440 continuous watts. With its five AC outlets, you can run household appliances and other electronics such as a microwave, blender, toaster, refrigerator, blow dryer, flood lights, computers, and even charge your cell phone. Two wheels are on the back help makes transportation easier, and a display panel on the top shows remaining battery life and output power.

Duracell Powersource 1800

Duracell PowerPack 1800 Features:

  • 5 AC Outlets (1 on the front, 4 on the back).
  • Built-in transfer relay provides reliable backup power capability.
  • Recharges from home AC wall outlet.
  • Powerful enough to turn on almost any household appliance.
  • Audible alarm signals ten minutes prior to the unit running out of battery power.
  • Top display panel has a digital LED display that indicates the battery capacity status and total wattage of the devices connected to the PowerSource 1800.
  • Will supply 10 hrs backup power & over 1.5 hrs run time.
  • Rear-wheels for easy transportation.

Duracell PowerSource 1800 Specifications

AC output power (max. continuous): 1440 W (2300 VA)
AC output power (5 min): 1800 W (2900 VA)
AC output surge capacity (peak): 3600 W
AC output voltage (nominal): 120 V
AC output frequency: 60 Hz
AC output waveform: Modified sine wave
Inverter no-load current: 0.6 A
Inverter low-battery alarm: 11.0 V
Inverter low-battery shutdown: 10.5 V

Internal battery type: Sealed lead-acid
Internal battery capacity: 3 x 17 Ah, 12 V
Internal battery voltage: 12 Vdc (nominal)
DC power socket (circuit breaker): N/A

Physical Specs
Dimensions (L x W x H): 19.25" x 8.25" x 11.25"
Weight: 58.2 lbs
Operating temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Storage temperature: 32°F to 86°F (0°C to 30°C)

Charging System
AC charger bulk charging current: 5 A (maximum)
Peak charging voltage: 14.4 V (nominal)
Charge restart voltage: 13.5 V (nominal)
Float charge current: N/A
Charger input socket current: N/A

Charging Time
From AC outlet: Max. 15 hours
From DC outlet: N/A


Duracell Powersource 1800 LED Screen
Duracell Powersource 1800 LED Screen


Duracell Powersource 1800 1 AC Plug
Front - Duracell Powersource 1800 1 Outlet



Duracell Powersource 1800 4 AC Plugs

Back - Duracell Powersource 1800 4 Outlets

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Electric Motorcycles Available in the United States

clock May 20, 2011 00:50 by author Ty

There are several companies focusing on long range and high performance electric motorcycles. Leading EV (Electric Vehicle) motorcycle companies such as Brammo Inc, Zero Motorcycles Inc, Roehr Motorcycles LLC and Mission Motor Company are participating in development of production electric motorcycles.  Most of the EV news today is focused on electric cars and takes the spotlight away from EV motorcycles. Today we are focusing on EV motorcycles, their availability and specifications for all motorcycle riders. There is also a nice EV Federal and State Tax credit when you purchase a new EV motorcycle, which ends up reducing the total cost of the new EV motorcycle.

EV Motorcycle Battery Pack

Brammo Inc. offers several electric motorcycles in their line-up that include the Enertia, Enertia Plus, Empulse, and Engage. The Enertia offers 29.5 ft-lbs of torque, a top speed of 60+ MPH, and an average range of 42 miles. The Enertia Plus offers 29.5 ft-lbs of torque, a top speed of 60+ MPH, and an average range of 80 miles which is double the range. The fastest of the Brammo EV motorcycle line-up is the Empulse, which offers 59 fl-lbs of torque, a top speed of 100+ MPH, and an average range of 60 to 100 miles, depending on the model purchased. Recharging the Empulse will also range from 6 to 10 hours. For the Empulse 6.0 model the average range is 60 miles, 80 miles for the Empulse 8.0 model, and 100 miles for the Empulse 10.0 model. Brammo also has 3 versions of the Engage model in the works with the Engage MX (motocross), Engage SMR (super moto racing), and Engage SMS (super moto street) that will all feature a clutch and gearshift with a mechatronic 6-speed. Currently the Brammo Enertia and Enertia Plus are available for purchase and the Empulse will be available mid 2011 with preorders being taken right now.

Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle

Zero Motorcycles Inc. also offers several electric motorcycle models that include the Zero S – Street, Zero DS – Dual Sport, Zero XU – Urban Crosser, Zero MX, and Zero X. The Zero S and Zero DS street models come with a 31 horsepower, 62.5 ft-lbs of toque electric motor, a top speed of 67 MPH, quick charges in 2.3 hours, standard charge 4 hours, and have a range of 58 miles off of a full charge. The Zero MX and Zero X off-road models have a run time of 30 to 60 minutes, can recharge in 1.2 to 2 hours, and a top speed of over 40+ MPH. There is also a Zero MX model that is street legal and the top speed is raised from 40 MPH to 57 MPH. The Zero XU is also street legal with a top speed of 51 MPH and a range of 30 miles. All Zero Motorcycle models are available in the United States and have a list of EV Federal and State tax credits on their Web site.


Zero S Electric Motorcycle

Roehr Motorcycles LLC electric motorcycle models include the eSuperSport, eSuperBike and eSuperBike RR. The eSuperSport electric motorcycle comes with a 67 horsepower, 29.5 ft-lbs of torque electric motor, single speed direct drive, a top speed of 100+ MPH, 75 mile range, and 7 hours to fully recharge. The eSuperBike is very similar to the eSuperSport, but comes with a 96 horsepower electric motor, single speed direct drive and up to 75 miles range off of a full charge. The eSuperBike RR is Roehr Motorcycles flagship electric sportbike that is designed to race in the current TTXGP and e-Power racing series. The eSuperBike RR is the same bike as the eSuperBike, but comes with race track ready specifications with upgraded suspension, brakes, rims and other track trim.

eSuperBike Electric Motorcycle

Mission Motor Company is developing two electric superbikes with the Mission One PLE and Mission R. The Mission One PLE comes with a 100 ft-lbs of torque electric motor, single speed transmission, top speed of 150 MPH, a range of 150 miles per charge and takes under 2 hours to quick charge, or 8 hours to recharge on a standard 120V outlet and is expected to ship out this year in 2011. The Mission R steps it up a notch with a 115 ft-lbs of torque electric motor and a top speed of 160+ MPH. These electric superbikes are a mark of how fast and serious the EV motorcycle is with power, performance and efficiency.

Mission One PLE Electric Motorcycle

MotoCzysz develops electric superbikes to compete in races and has produced an impressive electric superbike called the 2010 E1pc. The 2010 E1pc produces a whopping 125+ horsepower and 250 ft-lbs of torque catapult this EV superbike to speeds over 140 MPH. This bike also has a custom-built 12.5-kilowatt-hour lithium polymer battery that can be swapped in seconds at the track. This past year at the historic Isle of Man, the 2010 E1pc finished more than 3 minutes ahead of its competition on a 37.7 mile course.

2010 E1pc Electric Motorcycle

The electric vehicle (EV) market for cars and motorcycles is definitely in the growth stage. A huge leap in electric motorcycles has been seen in the past few years. Power, range and performance is improving each year, breaking track records and setting new competitive levels for EV technology. The EV motorcycle market is just as available as the EV car market is for consumers, and almost just as powerful.



Portable Power for Summer Road Trips, Camping and Emergencies

clock May 16, 2011 12:11 by author Ty

EBatts.com offers a full line of portable powerpacks ranging from 300 watts to 1800 watts of power and these products are available now on their Web site, http://www.ebatts.com/. EBatts.com is an online retailer for replacement batteries and chargers for laptops, cell phones, camcorders, digital cameras, and other consumer electronic equipment.

New backup battery powerpack video tutorials and reviews are available on eBatts.com for their top selling portable power products. These rechargeable powerpacks are stand-alone battery backup power units that can be used without a wall power source, whether they are being used during an emergency or simply when an AC power supply is unavailable. These portable powerpacks are perfect for road trips, camping and emergency power. The powerpack video tutorials and reviews feature all four products, which include the Powerpack 300, Powerpack 450, Powerpack 600, and PowerSource 1800.

The Powerpack 300, the smallest of the units, can deliver 240 watts of continuous power, up to 300 watts maximum. This unit includes two 120V AC outlets, one 12V DC outlet, car jumper cables with 120 cold cranking amps, an air compressor for inflating tires, and a removable LED flashlight. This is a compact unit that can be stored in the car for emergency use or packed specifically for road trips and travel.

The Powerpack 450 is capable of providing 340 watts of continuous power, up to a maximum of 450 watts. Like its smaller counterpart, the Powerpack 450 comes with two 120V AC outlets and one 12V DC outlet. The car jumper cables are detachable and provide 170 cold cranking amps, and the unit includes a built in air compressor for inflating tires. The Powerpack 450 also has a built-in 5 watt incandescent light on one of its sides, which can stay lit for 12 hours when the battery is fully charged. A Voice Guidance feature is included as well, providing users with on-demand voice instructions and system statuses. The Powerpack 450 was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article stating that the Powerpack 450, “should be standard-issue for every car owner.”

The Powerpack 600 can deliver twice as much power as the Powerpack 300, providing 480 watts of continuous power, up to a maximum of 600 watts. This unit has three AC outlets, along with a single 12V DC outlet. The car jumper cables provide 250 cold cranking amps and come in their own accessory bag. The built-in 5 watt incandescent light on the front can stay lit for up to 50 hours with a fully charged battery. A front display panel shows the current output power (in watts) and the remaining battery life of the unit. The Powerpack 600 also features an AM/FM radio with digital alarm clock, which has controls for power, volume, hours/minutes, and an external antenna.

The largest of the models, the PowerSource 1800, delivers 1440 watts of continuous power, up to a maximum of 1800 watts. This rugged model is designed as a better alternative to gas-powered generators and includes five AC outlets to plug in numerous electronic devices simultaneously. The display panel is on the top of the PowerSource 1800 and includes a button to view the output power (in watts) and the remaining battery life. Wheels are provided on the rear end for easy portability.

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Google I/O 2011

clock May 11, 2011 01:11 by author Jeremy

Google's I/O event was held today, impressing the world with the fresh updates and new implementations they've got up their sleeves.

To start off, Google announced that Android 3.1 would be released to Verizon Xoom customers starting today. The update will include customizable widgets, and will allow users to have their device act as a "host" for other devices: for example, connecting a digital camera to your tablet will allow you to import all of your photos, while connecting USB devices like an XBox 360 controller will let you play specific games using the remote. By summer, Android 3.1 will be getting another update to include Google TV, which will have its own section in the Android Market as well.

Speaking of new Android versions, Google's released the official name (but not software number) of their next OS: Ice Cream Sandwich (seen above). They're hoping that this will be the universal OS applied to all devices, including your phone and tablet. While not officially stated, general word amongst fan-droids is that this should help battle fragmentation.

Also new to Android versions: Google has struck a deal with a large list of carriers and OEM's to make sure that all phones released will receive updates for a minimum period of 18 months. While this doesn't explain how often the updates will occur, it's still a start in the right direction. One of Apple's main strengths over Android phones was their stability brought through regular updates; meanwhile, Android owners struggle to get minor fixes corrected within just a few months. See the picture below for just a few of the major OEMs and carriers involved.

Google's also announced two new software services (though this first one was pretty much all but "officially" confirmed): Music Beta and instant movie streaming. Music beta will hold up to 20,000 songs in the cloud and is free (for now - very important note there). Like iTunes and many other media players, you can create playlists, see lists of recently played and play counts, and even offers "Instant Mix" (like iTunes' Genius). Also, once playlists are made, they'll be available on each Android device you own - no need for wires anymore).

Instant movie streaming will have varied pricing, starting at $1.99 for regular movies and $4.99 for HD selections. Upon renting a movie, you have 30 days to start it; once started, you have 24 hours to finish. The real question is how this will play out against other major movie streaming cmopanies such as Netflix.

Music Beta is available now for everyone to tinker with (remember, it's only free while in Beta). The movie streaming app will come with the Honeycomb 3.1 update and will hit phones "in a few weeks" (2.2 and above required, though).

The last two announcements really drove Google's point home - quite literally, too. Android at Home is one of them, which will allow your Android devices to control large appliances and devices throughout the house. This includes dishwashers, thermostats, even lamps. Google realizes that these machines won't have wifi or USB docks, so they're accepting developers to come work with them to make this a relaity. They've already started working on a few examples, such as controlling lights with your tablet.

The other announcement is one welcoming everyone to test and create for ADK, Google's new hardware design. It currently incorporates USB integration, but hopefully will include Bluetooth later. With the ADK, users will be able to control any number of products with their Android devices, assuming it gets a big enough kick-start from hardware designers and developers. At I/O, Google's example was a wooden labyrinth which was controlled by a Xoom via USB.

All in all, lots of exciting things at I/O today. Probably the most famous of these was the promised updates to phones from carriers/OEMs. We've still yet to hear what software number Ice Cream Sandwich OS will be, but we're sure it'll come out in due time. For now, we have Music Beta, instant movie streaming, and soon Google TV to hold us off.

Source/Pictures: engadget.com

Creating Battery Powered Electricity through Water: Just Rinse, Repeat

clock May 10, 2011 00:53 by author Jeremy

Battery Recharged with Salt Water and Fresh Water to Create Electricity

While not a new concept, battery powered electricity is being created through salinity (salt) levels in salt water and fresh water. One common method is through osmosis. There are other ways though, which scientists at Stanford have discovered. Their team will be working on a new type of battery that uses nanotechnology and slightly altered concepts to produce even more energy with less time and money.

Yi Cui, Associate Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is working with other Stanford scientists in this endeavor. Their plan is to filter fresh water surrounding a battery, with salt water, which will cause the battery to produce higher voltages; when the battery reaches a low charge, the salt water is replaced by fresh water, effectively recharging it and starting the cycle over.

The downside is that this type of procedure requires two components to be ready at all times: salt water and fresh water. This is found in limited areas, typically at river mouths near oceans. With even just a few facotires made nationwide, we could see a much cheaper way to gather renewable energy without much effort in comparison. However, we'll have to wait for Cui and the Stanform team to finish perfecting their battery.

Sources: ACS.org, gizmag.com

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