“Building on the rapidly increasing industry momentum for using USB bus power to charge a broad range of mobile devices, the new USB Power Delivery specification extends USB’s cable power delivery capabilities beyond simple battery charging,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman, in a statement. “For example, charging the battery of a notebook PC, or simply powering that notebook PC while actively using the USB data connection, would be possible. Conceivably, a notebook PC could rely solely on a USB connection for its source of power.”The preliminary spec indicated power is bi-directional and therefore no need to switch or swap the USB cable.Â The new specification would be compatible with Continue Reading
- Weather:Â Panels are waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse.
- Charge times: About 10 hours in direct sun will fully charge an iPad, other tablets may take less time.
- Peak Output: 6 Volts, 1,333mA or 12 Volts, 667mA
- Connector:Â USB and 5 standard adapters
- Enjoy full use of your iPhone or iPod during car trips, and arrive with your battery fully charged
- Amber/green charging status light
- Detachable dock connector to USB Type A cable that you can also use to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer
- Easily replaceable 2 Amp automotive blade-type fuse to protect against spikes and surges
- Works with iPhone, iPad models that feature full-size dock connector, and iPad shuffle (1st generation)
After a little bit of research it appears the direct sunlight approach to solar is a thing of the past.Â New technology allows diffused light to generate electricity through the solar panels and thus maximizes any solar panel even slightly exposed to sunlight. Putting this information aside, The Solcar Vox does look like a fresh idea on charging your USB gadgets or other devices which charge via USB like the iPhone. If you like the idea you can pre-order the prototype which is Continue Reading
So what we have here is a How To or USB Hack on running an LED from a Super-capacitor.Â If you are non-technical, then we basically mean a very short lived battery to run the LED.Â A super-capacitor has the ability to store energy for longer periods of time over traditional capacitors – yet still not long enough as with batteries.The concept of this tutorial is to wire a super-capacitor to a USB socket whereby your computer can charge up the capacitor and when disconnected you’ll get about 10 minutes of LED illumination.
Granted there isn’t much day-to-day use with this USB hack, but just a fun little project if you have the time. Over on the Instructables website there is an updated USB tutorial which includes Continue Reading
The USNA95 has a simple Red and Green LED to indicate whether a device is being power properly so even the tricky GPS units and SmartPhones will get the right amount of juice. The power cycle time is also faster for peripheral devices as CoolerMaster is stating a 30% faster cycle time to power your devices than a traditional device to PC connection. The USB power adapter is also the smallest one we’ve seen with a size of 62 x 17 x 104 mm and is texture surfaced to provide a durable case for when taken on the road.Â Video after the jump Continue Reading
Just last week GetUSB.info reported on a solar charging USB hub and a USB power strip and for noting more than to recharge your gadgets. It’s clear that USB is the common thread in recharging – and moving forward I only expect this trend to continue.
Speaking of continue, now we have a 13 port USB hub which fits right into your 5.25″ computer bay. I do say, the picture is inviting enough to get this add-on component and integrate it into your tower, but then we’ve got two questions for you. 1) Don’t most people use laptops these days and 2) Imagine all the cables coming out of this thing. I say this because you’ll quickly realize the ports are much too close for anything but cables. Even the most slim USB stick would have a hard time fitting into each port.
What I do like about the design is the power connection you can make to the internal power supply of your PC. This means the 13 port USB hub will support larger devices with more power thurst…say hard drives and large 64GB flash drives.
The 13 port hub isn’t on sale yet, but will be in late August 2010. Pricing was not given. Here is a link you can bookmark to check availability.Continue Reading
I understand it would take a fairly big solar panel to correctly power 4-5 devices connected to a USB hub, but it would be nice to see a trickle charge feature for anything connected.Â Like I said yesterday, in our house we have 3 iPhones, a Flip Video camera, two blue-tooth headsets and some other stuff, so a solar powered trickle charging USB hub would be nice. Continue Reading
Elcom includes LED lights for each port to show if a device is active or not.Â They include a switch to flip On or Off that particular port and last, Elcom gives you some clear labels [in English] to label what cable is going to which device.
The 4 port USB power strip is $40.Â The 7 port USB power strip is $110.Â Both are available at Geek Stuff 4 You.Â Page. Continue Reading