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Power your Laptop with a Piezoelectric Keyboard

clock July 8, 2011 18:51 by author Ty

The future of computer peripherals might advance with a keyboard that can power your laptop, netbook or even desktop computer through mechanical keystrokes. The technology uses piezoelectrics, which converts pressure into an electric current. Each keystroke on the keyboard can create an electric current to recharge and power computers.

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have been developing piezoelectric thin films to turn mechanical pressure into electricity. Two other aspects are being looked at as well that include a low-cost, compact production of piezoelectric devices and a more efficient way to power computer microchips. Other innovative ideas are also being created, such as piezoelectric running shoes to charge mobile devices.

So, if your laptop is running out of power, just start typing more to recharge it. Running low on cell phone battery power? Put your piezoelectric shoes on and start running!  


Piezoelectric key.



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A Dead Battery in an Electric Car

clock June 9, 2011 19:34 by author Ty

So you got yourself a new electric car that runs 100% off of the power grid? It’s green, great for the environment, comes with tax benefits, there’s no gasoline or diesel bill at every fill up, and it’s the new trend everyone wants to be a part of by purchasing an electric vehicle. But what happens when you run out of juice in your electric vehicle?

You’re stranded! You ran out of battery power in your electric vehicle. An easy solution would be to call AAA and have a tow truck fix us up. Well, your electric car doesn’t take gasoline or diesel, so it will most likely end up being an expensive tow if you are not within your 10 mile free tow limit.

However, in Japan there is an ‘EV Rescue Vehicle’ operated by Nissan Motor Co and is equipped with a 29kW diesel generator that can partially charge a Nissan Leaf in 20 minutes to increase the range by 24 miles. There is nothing available in the United States that can provide services like the ‘EV Rescue Vehicle’ in Japan. General Motors and Toyota are currently talking to AAA about offering an emergency charging roadside assistance to eliminate range anxiety and allow EV car owners to drive further off of one full charge.


Your electric car will most likely need to be towed back home or to the nearest charging station if you run out of battery power.  Plan your trips wisely and be conservative on your range to ensure your ride back home is not on a tow truck. Electric cars may be great for the environment, but can be a real hassle for new EV car owners not familiar with EV range capabilities.


More frequently asked questions about Electric Vehicles (EV) can be found on Nissan’s Web site.


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Solar Powered Laptop

clock June 6, 2011 23:40 by author Ty

Possibly the greenest laptop ever made, Industrial Designer Andrea Ponti has created a concept for a solar powered laptop called the Luce Solar Panel Powered PC. There are many peripherals that plug in to laptops and are solar powered to boost laptop battery power, but the Luce laptop would be the first laptop to run only on solar power. The Luce solar powered laptop was shortlisted in Fujitsu’s 2011 design competition.

Solar Powered Laptop

The Luce solar powered laptop comes with two solar panels, one on the back side of the LCD screen, and one underneath a transparent touch keyboard. The downside is the Luce is a mobile device thought to be free of power cable and AC adapter transformer, which might become a problem when you need to work on documents in the evening.

Luce Solar Powered Laptop

 Solar Powered Notebook

There’s no confirmation that Fujitsu plans on bringing a solar powered laptop to market, but there are other big companies looking at solar powered laptops as well. Apple has a patent filed for “harnessing external light to illuminate a display screen.” Sounds like something that would be used in the next Apple MacBook Pro laptop.

Apple Solar Powered Laptop Patent

Luce Solar Panel Powered PC
Apple’s External Light Illumination of Display Screens Patent

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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.



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