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Don’t Forget to Include Batteries with Your Electronic Gifts

clock December 20, 2010 20:57 by author Ty

 Binary Christmas Tree - 2010 Christmas Present Ideas

62 percent of us will be buying electronic gifts for friends and family this Christmas. Electronic gifts and gadgets are becoming more popular each year and nothing is better than trying out those gadgets right away once you open your gifts. Many electronic gadgets require batteries, chargers and other accessories to get them running, so we put together a list to include the extras with your electronic Christmas gifts.

iPad, iTouch, Kindle and e-Book Readers
The iPad and iTouch use a specific Apple charging plug and it doesn’t hurt to carry extras on you for home, office and travel use.  The Kindle is easy on power and uses a micro-USB charger cable. Other e-book readers either use a mini-USB or micro-USB charger cable. Other ideas for these products are iPad cases, Kindle stand for reading, Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, and gift cards for downloading music, e-books and applications.

Digital Cameras and Camcorders
Digital cameras usually have two or four AA batteries or a Li-Ion battery that is model specific. Rechargeable AA NiMH and Li-Ion batteries make great gifts for digital cameras and help keep our planet green by not using disposable AA batteries. Model specific Li-Ion batteries are custom for each digital camera and additional OEM and aftermarket digital camera batteries can be purchased, as well as an external charger if you have multiple digital camera batteries. You can also by a universal camera charger to charge many differenty types of rechargable batteries. Camcorders also have model specific batteries and have external chargers. Extended capacity camcorder batteries are great for a longer camcorder run time and universal camcorder chargers can charge a variety of batteries for different manufacturers.

TVs and Computer Monitors
New TVs and computer monitors have many input and outputs, including HDMI, VGA, RCA, mini-plug, coax, and even an ethernet plug for internet ready TVs. HDMI cables, RCA cables, power strips and other accessories are great ideas for Christmas gifts. They will always come in handy when hooking up a new Blu-ray DVD player, gaming console, DVR, sound system and many other electronics.

Desktop and Laptop Computers
New desktop and laptop computers have many accessories and peripherals that can be attached, which leave a wide range of Christmas gifts open. A nice wireless mouse or keyboard, mouse pad, external speakers, USB jump drive and hard drives, AC laptop power adapter for the car, laptop case, surge protector, UPS battery backup and LCD screen wipes. If you can’t decide what to get for family and friends, a simple gift certificate from your nearest computer store leaves these options open.

Small Electronic Devices
Many small toys and electronic devices are battery operated and do not include batteries. The most common battery options are disposable AAA and AA batteries and rechargeable AAA and AA batteries. If you’re going to be buying a device that needs batteries, it’s a good idea to throw in a set of new batteries with the gift.

Batteries and Chargers
Batteries and chargers make great gifts and come in a variety of options ranging from AA, AAA, USB chargers and car power inverters. Recharge those NiMH and Li-Ion AA and AAA batteries with new 15 minute battery chargers and keep USB electronic devices charged in the car with AC power inverters. Different USB chargers and adapters also make great gifts ranging from iPod, Mini-USB and Micro-USB charger cables.

With all of these great Christmas gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with buying electronic devices for your friends and family. Electronics gifts are growing each year as the presents of choice, so don’t forget to include a set of batteries. If you can’t decide what kind of electronic gift to get, you can always purchase a gift card at your nearest consumer electronics store. (Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Radio Shack, Office Depot, Staples)

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Viruses In Your Batteries

clock December 9, 2010 00:18 by author Jeremy

A group of researchers led by Professor Reza Ghodssi at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, are using the properties of TMV (Tobacco mosaic virus) to help create smaller, more efficient lithium ion batteries.

The virus? TMV is a rod-shaped plant virus that attacks tobacco, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetation. According to the university's press release, the researchers, "mofify the TMV rods to bind perpendicularly to the metallic surface of a battery electrode and arrange the rods in intricate and orderly patterns on the electrode. Then, they coat the rods with a conductive thin film that acts as a current collector and finally the battery's active material that participates in the electrochemical reactions."

The result? Bigger electrode surface area and an increase in storage capacity. This allows a faster charge/discharge time, and gives up to 10 times increased capacity in comparison to your regular Li-Ion battery.

The usage? Professor Ghodssi provides two examples: the first shows the creation of a very miniscule battey that can be used to power wireless sensors networks. These sensors can monitor homeland security, agriculture, and the surrounding environment. A different proejct that Ghodssi's team is working on, focuses on creating increased-sensitivity explosive detection sensors, by using TMV to bind to TNT. (Author's note: Ironically, those two uses seem quite opposite from each other.)

No tomatoes were harmed in the making of this blog post. However, regular Li-Ion batteries are scared to go out of business: adopt one today (not for free) at ebatts.com.

Source: UMD's press release

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Mophie Offers Colorful iPhone 4 Battery Cases

clock December 4, 2010 00:13 by author Jeremy

Mophie's been around for a while now, selling cases and external batteries for your iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G, etc. More recently, they've announced that their latest product, the Juice Pack Plus for the iPhone4, will soon be coming in extra colors - Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (seen below). These case-batteries will be available in January, while the plain Black version is already available now.

 

The Juice Pack Plus has 2000mAh, offering roughly 8 extra hours of talk time (useful in case you're aiming to get the Guinness Record for World's Longest Phone Conversation), or 7 hours of internet use on 3G (much easier than switching over to a desktop or laptop, of course), or 44 hours of extra audio playback. Some would prefer this case over others because of its speaker-rerouting system as well: sound is redirected from the bottom of your iPhone, to the front, offering better sound quality. A USB cable is provided so that you can plug in your iPhone and let it sync/charge without having to remove the case.

A previous product, the "Juice Pack Air" is also available for the iPhone 4G, but doesn't offer as much battery life as the new Juice Pack Plus. Unfortunately, it also does not come in the retro colors seen above (personally, I'd rock the Cyan one).

Honestly though, in case you're looking for a more unique look to your iPhone, and don't ever want to have to worry about your phone dying, this may just be the product you've been looking for. Morphie's website has the full details, and you can order the products directly from there.

Now imagine using this case in conjunction with the umbilical-iPhone-cord - maybe then you'll nab the Guinness Record for Most Unique iPhone Accessories too.

Source: tuaw.com for the picture

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Vanadium: The Little Element That Could

clock December 3, 2010 01:19 by author Jeremy

Take your average battery for any electronic device: it lasts for x amount of years, and you can do other things while it is being charged for x amount of minutes or hours. Now remove those years, and remove those minutes and hours of charge-time. What you have is, essentially, a Vanadium Redox Battery. 

Referred to as a VRB for short (or "Vanadium Redox Flow Battery" for an even longer name), these batteries are slowly gaining popularity because of their main selling point: they don't lose capacity over time either when idle or when being charged/discharged. In most batteries, the chemical reaction that takes place will erode substances in the battery, or some of the chemicals will be permanently lost via consumption. Since no chemical reaction takes place in VRBs, that possibility of substance-erosion or consumption is eliminated, thus the no-capacity-loss trait. And, also thanks to the battery's nature, the time it takes to charge a device using these batteries is extremely shortened, meaning they can charge products almost instantly (well, in comparison to how long it takes products to charge currently).

Another selling point of VRBs are part of its method of creation: Vanadium itself can be made as a by-product of steel smelter slag. With steel production rising in recent years (and prospects of continued increase in production), the act of creating Vanadium wouldn't exactly be out-of-the-way for companies.

Of course, there's a downside. The average energy density of a VRB is lower than that of most rechargeable batteries (at that size). It's likely that, given time, research, and a bit of tinkering, the average energy density of a VRB will increase over the upcoming years.

Another fun fact: as with most batteries, the bigger the size, the bigger the output. This holds true for VRBs, since they can make use of "storage tanks", which are essentially large holding areas containing electrolytes that can be used in conjunction with the VRB. Think of it as a battery pack...for your battery pack. (I wonder when our battery packs' battery packs will have battery packs. Confusing, much?)

                 

While current use of VRBs are limited for now, they definitely have potential and should at least be interesting to watch over the next few years.

Sources: Rocky Mountain Resources and The University of South Wales

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Toshiba Unveils Battery-Powered TV

clock November 29, 2010 23:08 by author Jeremy

Toshiba has just released three new sets of televisions: the "55ZL800", the "WL700 Series", and the "TV Power Series". While the first two are still impressive, the third one is stirring up a bit of news in the battery world.

The TV Power Series (as seen on right) is available in 24- and 32-inches, comes equipped with an emergency battery pack that can last roughly 2 hours for your viewing pleasure. In addition, there is also a built-in "Auto Signal Booster" that will increase signal sensitivity in normally weak-signal areas.

These three new TVs are being marketed in the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). The TV Power Series' battery may come in handy here, where power outages and weak signal strength are more common.

Toshiba may be on to something with this television-battery-pack, though. With phones, tablets, and other devices having the capacity to deliver shows just like a TV would, it was only a matter of time before someone asked, "Why not just take an actual TV with you?"

What do a tailgate-party and a margarita-filled beach-vacation have in common? They're both missing a television...but not for long.

That's either a dream come true, or a horribly photoshopped image. Possibly both.

Source: engadget and Toshiba (translated page)

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