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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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POSCO's new NaS Batteries

clock November 20, 2010 01:40 by author Jeremy

Everyone is well aware of the common types of batteries we have floating around in today's electronics: Li-Ion, NiMH, Ni-Cad, Li-Poly, Alkaline...just to name a few. However, there is another contender that we don't see around today's electronics too often, called "NaS" (Sodium Sulfur).

NaS batteries have been around for a while now, especially in Japan. Only recently, however, has Korean steel-making company POSCO succeeded in developing an NaS battery for storing large amounts of energy. Now, we're not talking about as much energy needed to power hybrid cars (according to the chart below), but we are still talking about a fairly lengthy period of time.

While NaS batteries aren't new, POSCO claims that it's NaS batteries have a lifespan of more than 15 years. If this sort of technology were to expand, and if both NaS batteries and POSCO live up to the expectations this news may bring about, then perhaps the idea of very-long-lasting-batteries in handheld electronic devices, or any electronic really, will be achieved sooner rather than later.

Source: renewableenergyworld.com

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Why Do Li-Ion Batteries Degrade Over Time?

clock October 21, 2010 00:42 by author Jeremy

In latest news, scientists have dug deeper into the mystery of why lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. The answer, they currently believe, lies in nanoscale changes in the anode and cathode. Giorgio Rizzoni, along with colleagues at the Ohio State University, experimented with batteries that had finished their working lifespan. "We can clearly see that an aged sample versus and unaged sample has much lower lithium concentration in the cathode." In essence, the lithium had actually combined wtih the anode material, making it unavailable for transfer.

With the use of infrared thermal imaging, researchers were able to discover that the electrodes on dead batteries had nanomaterials that had coarsened in size. It is these finely-structured nanomaterials on the electrodes that allow the battery to charge and discharge. Though not yet proven, researchers are suspect that it is this cathode-coarsening that may be responsible for the loss of lithium.

If that theory turns out to be true, it could be a scientific breakthrough, as researchers and scientists could then use that information to create longer-lasting durable lithium ion batteries. This affects not only our electronic devices with laptops, digital cameras, and cell phones, but could also affect the future of gasoline-powered vehicles.

Source: itnews.com/au

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Latest iPhone and iPod Gadgets

clock October 7, 2010 23:24 by author Jeremy

As we enter the month of Halloween, it seemed only fitting for Mio I-zawa, Japanese designer, to show his latest creation: an iPhone-charging umbilical cord.

 

If you think the design and picture are awesome, then you should see the video of it: the cord actually moves, pushing your iPhone along with it. Best of all: it really does charge your iPhone with every nutrient-feeding-twitch.

In case you weren't in the market for just a charging cord (or if you just didn't want to read news that brought your breakfast back with it), then check out this nifty gadget: the Icon Power Pack, brought to you by IPEVO.

This external battery will plug into any iPhone 4 or previous generation, and charges with a mini-USB cable (provided). The real kicker is how it lights up when charging or being used. The front panel will show green bars lighting up when charging, and all the green bars will stay on when the battery is fully charged. When plugged into your iPhone, the bars will slowly disappear; when all four bars are flashing, the external battery has been drained and is due for another charge.

Source: The Icon Power Pack by IPEVO

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