January 17, 2013 23:24 by 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.
January 11, 2013 00:08 by Jeremy
It seems CES has created a new category this year named "Wearable Tech," which features, you guessed it, technology that you can wear. This has come in the form of mostly wrist accessories; whether they tell time or measure your heart rate, however, depends on the product.
One of the more popular items is the Pebble Watch, claiming itself to be the "first watch built for the 21st century." Funded through Kickstarter, this smart-watch will sync to your phone and provide a multitude of functions, from displaying messages and caller information, to custom alerts. Depending on the app that you use, the Pebble Watch can even function as a bike computer (to display distance traveled or change songs playing on your phone) or a golf rangefinder. Pre-orders are available now in 5 different colors for $150.
Other watches are a little more health-oriented, however. The Basis Band, for example, serves as a sleep tracking and heart monitor. On top of measuring your blood flow and skin temperature, it can also take logs of how many steps you've taken and calories you've burned, all while keeping the simple functionality of telling you the time of day.
To see more products like these, check out CNET's video recap of the Wearable Tech category.
Sources: CNETtv, Pebble, Basis
December 28, 2012 21:03 by 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
December 18, 2012 18:51 by 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.
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
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.
August 28, 2012 23:01 by Jeremy
In what's possibly the largest piece of tech news these days, consumers and developers alike have been reeling back at the results of the Apple vs. Samsung trial. The jury's verdict claims that Samsung, "...should have known or did know they were infringing," and Samsung must now pay over a billion dollars in damages. The patents in question alleged that Samsung copied the Apple iPhone's physical design and user interface.
The trial isn't exactly over yet, though. The jurors made their decision quite fast (a little too fast, even for legal experts) - for them to gloss over 100-pages of rules as to what they should be judging, only to come out hours later with a verdict, seemed a little sketchy. The jurors are defending their verdict, but some people have even pointed out flaws in their logic as far as calculating the damages owed. Samsung will likely use this in their appeal of the decision.
While Apple floats on cloud nine, with CEO Tim Cook issuing an internal memo regarding Samsung's thieving ways, the rest of the world has been left wondering what the next stage is. The courts will continue the case of Apple vs. Samsung, but where does this place other manufacturers such as HTC and Nokia? Large companies such as Google and Microsoft have even chimed in, with the former stating that, "Most of these [patent claims] don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office."
If you were planning on buying any Samsung cell phones in the near future, you might want to do it sooner rather than later - Apple is already trying to figure out which of the infringed products they'd liked banned.
Sources: latimes, mashable, theverge (1), theverge (2)