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Powerpack 600 Spotted in Action!

clock January 17, 2013 23:24 by author Jeremy

Recently, a consumer sent in a picture of one of our very own Powerpack 600 products being used. As you can see for yourself, he is making use of all three AC outlets at the same time! And while not currently being used, the jumper cables are definitely present in the photo as well.

Many customers have been asking: how long does the powerpack last? The answer varies, depending on the amount of accessories you're using and how much power they consume. For example, if one were to plug in a television that takes 100 watts to run, the portable power supply would likely last shorter than if you were only charging your cell phone or laptop. Also factor in that this powerpack battery can be drained from its own devices as well, such as the built-in flashlight and radio.

For more information on how long this backup power supply will last, consult your accessories' user manuals to calculate the wattage consumed, and compare it to the power ratings of the Powerpack 600.

And if you, just like our consumer pictured above, are in need of a powerpack battery and charger, then be sure to view our wide range of portable power accessories to handle your emergency power needs. You can also view our video tutorial on the Powerpack 600 below.

 

 



Nissan Enhances Warranty of Leaf Batteries

clock December 28, 2012 21:03 by author Jeremy

With fuel-powered cars, there's always the thought of having to replace parts. Naturally, the same should hold true for electric vehicles - while there's no gas tank to replace, there's still a battery tucked away that may need fixing one day. Nissan recognizes this, and has released information about their "New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty".

The issue came about sooner than most would have expected; Nissan Leaf owners in the south-western US deserts (such as Arizona) have been complaining throughout the year of their battery depleting faster and of general battery capacity rate loss. In response, Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, issued a statement explaining the new limited warranty.

Effective Spring of 2013, if your Nissan Leaf falls below 9 bars (of the available 12 bars of battery life) within 5 years or 60,000 miles, Nissan will either repair or replace your Li-Ion car battery. If replaced, Nissan holds the right to provide you either with a brand new battery or a remanufactured battery. This covers the older 2011 and 2012 models, along with Nissan's newer 2013 Leaf model, and will also only currently cover Nissan Leaf's in the United States.

To see the full statement from Andy Palmer, along with a Q&A on the subject, check out the source link below.

Sources: MyNissanLeaf Forums, insideline.com

 



Electronics vs. Water: How To Save Your Gadgets

clock December 18, 2012 18:51 by author Jeremy

We all know that electronics and water don't mix too well - especially if you like having electronics that work. But that doesn't mean the occasional accident doesn't happen: from pools to washing machines, cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders 'round the world are being subjected to the occasional slip-up.

Lucky for us, it doesn't mean you need to go out and buy new gadgets just yet. Many sites online have helpful tips and various methods on how to save your waterlogged toys; for example, Gizmodo's Brent Rose recently published an article containing several key points for drying off wet phones.

Also, don't forget that the larger electronic isn't the only one in play - smaller objects, such as your battery or SIM card, can also be water damaged! Batteries in particular can be fairly dangerous depending on the type and what it is exposed to, so be sure to follow the various tips below.

Do's:
Remove the battery and any other removable parts (SIM Cards, SD Cards)
Use a towel to soak up any external water
Place the electronics in either a tub of rice or rice krispies, and leave it overnight

Don'ts:
Shake it
Turn it back on immediately
Plug it in
Drop it into more water (that one isn't too obvious, is it?)

Keep in mind, the article in the source link is only one method - there are plenty more, so search around and see which ones work best for you! Hopefully you won't have to come across these methods too often, though they could save you a few hundred dollars one day.

Source: gizmodo



The World of Batteries Today

clock November 9, 2012 23:10 by author Jeremy

From smartphones to cars, batteries can be found in many of our common everyday electronics. These batteries come in numerous shapes, sizes and capacities, enabling them to power our devices for hours at a time. Whether you're buying a new battery or getting rid of an old one, check out the infographic below to see some general rules and guidelines about batteries.

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Appleā€™s Lightning Connector

clock November 5, 2012 22:53 by author Ty

Lightning is a new power connector designed created by Apple for its 2012 products such as the iPhone 5, the IPod Touch 5th generation, the IPod nano 7th generation, the iPad 4th generation and the iPad mini.

 

Lightning is an all-digital 8-pin port connector, Apple’s replacement for its 30-pin port connector. Unlike the 30-pin connector, the new 8-pin connector is reversible and can be inserted into the device with either side facing up. Furthermore, the 8-pin connector’s key benefit is its size and it is approximately 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin connector. To comply with the 30-pin connector devices, Apple sells Lightning-to-30-pin-adapters for $29.

 

According to the latest news from Apple Insider, Belkin has announced two new accessories designed for Apple’s lighting connector. They will be the first official third-party lighting accessories to hit the market. Belkin’s lightning accessories are now available for pre-order on the company’s website and in-store purchases will be available in mid-November. It is said that Belkin’s car charger for lightning with a 4-foot lightning cable and over-voltage protection will be sold at $29.99. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.belkin.com/us/F8J075/p/P-F8J075.

 

Sources:

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/electronics-weekly-blog/2012/09/only-connect-apples-new-lightning-connector-splits.html
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/12/the-iphone-5-comes-with-the-new-lightning-connector/
http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/05/first-official-third-party-lightning-accessories-announced-by-belkin
http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/16/3511788/apple-lightning-connector-security-chip



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