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Helpful Tips: Unplug Appliances and Save Money on your Electricity Bill

clock June 23, 2011 00:34 by author Jeremy

Here's a fact people don't think about too often: even if your laptop's AC adapter isn't plugged in to your laptop, as long as it's hooked up to a power outlet it will soak up electricity. Sure, it may not take a lot of electricity since it's technically not powering anything for the moment. But think about that small amount your laptop adapter is absorbing, and consider that it's doing that nonstop while it's plugged in... you've basically got a power-leech right around the corner.

Now think about how many adapters, chargers, and appliances you leave in all the time just out of convenience. Scary thought, isn't it? If your electricity bill has been high recently, you might want to consider ways to take that cost down a notch or two. And just maybe, you've stumbled upon a few quick tips on how to do just that.

Computers: Whether it be a desktop or laptop, even in standby-mode these machines are still consuming power. Especially if you've got that brick of an AC adapter for your laptop. Be sure to actually remove the power cord from the outlet in order to stop wasting energy.

DVD Players/VCR's: Ever wonder how that DVD Player of yours always displays the correct time, even though it's not on? You essentially leave it plugged in just to have another clock. If you're not the kind to watch old movies spontaneously, perhaps it's time to ditch this extra clock.

Stereos/Radios/iPods: Just like above with the DVD Players and VCR's, these musical devices are doing the same thing while not on: consuming power just so that you can be ready to listen to music in a heartbeat. Especially with those iPods! Don't leave them plugged in even though they're full on battery: you're not only wasting electricity, but also wasting away its battery.

Modems: If you work the typical 8-to-5 job, chances are that your house is empty during the day. So what good is leaving your modem on if no one's around to use it? Unless you like leaving it on without a password for WiFi-thieves out there, there's not really a good reason for it to stay on for those 8 hours of worktime.

Now, I know this sounds like a major pain. Who wants to spend the first 5 minutes of coming home by plugging everything back in? Another tip would be to buy a power strip - rather than unplugging everything, just connect it all to a power strip and shut that on/off when you need to.

Certain appliances, like a cable box or washing machine, might take a few minutes to "reboot" itself; obviously, these ones might be a bit more hassle than they're worth to shut off, but that's up to the user.

There's plenty of other electronic devices and appliances around the house (toasters, coffee machines, lamps, etc) that could go with a bit of down-time, but to me, these seem like the major ones. So try cutting back, and watch your electricity bill do the same!

Source: walletpop.com

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Battery Life: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

clock June 17, 2011 01:00 by author Jeremy

A recent article on AllThingsD by Katherine Boehret compared the differences between the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. While the prices are the same for each ($499 for the 16GB WiFi model, $599 for the 32GB WiFi model), differences include the camera, the physical size, and the app market.

Most importantly, however, was the difference in battery life. Boehret's testing (which included 75% screen brightness, WiFi-enabled, and a video loop) concluded that the iPad 2 would last just slightly over 10 hours, while the Galaxy Tab ran at a measly 5 hours 38 minutes in comparison.

Sure, the Galaxy Tab may be just a bit thinner (and really, who doesn't like sleek?) and have better camera quality; but is it worth half the battery life? Granted, it's doubtful people will be using the battery constantly like Boehret did in her testing, so I'm sure that the battery lasts longer than 5 hours on average. Nonetheless, it's something to consider when purchasing a tablet.

Source: AllThingsD

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E3 2011 - Microsoft's Kinect, Sony's PSVita, and Nintendo's Wii U

clock June 11, 2011 01:25 by author Jeremy

This past week hasn't been shy as far as introducing new gadgets and technology. With WWDC on Monday, you'd think we couldn't have gotten any more excited (after all, iTunes Match seems fairly spiffy). Oh, how wrong we were.

Though E3 didn't officially start until Tuesday, we were already seeing keynotes on Monday. Microsoft pumped up their Kinect-system, showing off a slew of games such as Dance Central 2 and Kinect Star Wars. Other games were introduced that will still use the basic controller, but aren't left out from the Kinect system: voice-controls used through the Kinect's mic can be utilized during gameplay.

Even the main XBox360 menu is getting a makeover. The new UI will later include Bing voice search for Hulu, Netflix, live TV, and even YouTube. With this much integration of the Kinect, Microsoft likely won't even need a new console for quite some time.

On the other hand, Sony let out a bit of news on their NGP - now officially named the PlayStation Vita. This handheld has received quite the popularity since it was introduced in January, and there were several demos to be had. Several of these games are available for both PS3 and PSVita, and Sony announced that games can stop on one machine, only to pick up on a different one (for example, switching from your PS3 to your PSVita). Most importantly, though, was their announcement of the final price and date: $249 for the WiFi model or $299 for the 3G model, hitting stores this holiday season; AT&T will be the sole carrier. That's got to be one strong battery to display the crazy visuals of the Vita while maintaining internet connection...

Aside from their keynote, Sony also introduced the PlayStation-brand 24" 3D monitor and 3D glasses, available for $499 as a bundle. With these, you'll be sacrificing the comfort of your ears for the joy of being able to play with friends locally while viewing a full screen. According to Sony's press release, letting the Lithium Ion battery in these glasses charge for 3 minutes results in 3 hours of use, with 45 minutes bringing you roughly 30 hours of wear.

Meanwhile, Nintendo took a different approach to their keynote. After a large symphony orchestra playing through a montage of Zelda-scenes to honor the 25th anniversary, Nintendo dived into showing off new games for the Nintendo 3DS and the handheld's infamous AR (augmented reality). More importantly, though, was their announcement of a new system: the Wii U, which will make use of a 6" controller with a screen. You can use the controller to share pictures and videos from your tv to your handheld, or you can use it to play certain games (for example: holding it up to the screen while playing baseball makes it act as a virtual glove). Nothing was mentioned as far as how the remote will be powered or charged, however.

 

 

Oddly enough, the actual Wii U wasn't spoken as much as the Wii U remote was, but from photos during their keynote, it looks very similar to a Wii but with rounded edges. It will be backwards compatible, so all your odd Wii gadgets will work with it. The Wii U is scheduled to release in 2012.

 

Source: engadget, prnewswire



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
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

DC
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.

Sources:

http://www.brammo.com/
http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/
http://www.roehrmotorcycles.com/
http://www.ridemission.com/
http://www.motoczysz.com/



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