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Dynamic8 Turns Mundane USB Charger Into Must-Have Accessory

Doing a bit of research for iPhone chargers I came across the Dynamic8 iPhone and iPad charger.  The look is fantastic and is very contemporary.  No protrusive charger sticking out half way into the drivers console, but rather flush, stylish looking accessory.
  • 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)
Only down side…they call it the “iCar Charger” Continue Reading

Solar Power Clothing Collection Charges Your USB Gear

Just last week, we reported on a solar panel which rotates with the sun to optimize charging time and power.  Today we bring you another method to recharge your life, but this time wearing clothes.  Silvr Lining is a start up clothing company which integrates solar panels into your every-day cloths. The style Silvr Lining embraces is that of a casual fit – as it would be difficult to integrate solar panels into a bikini or fitted top. The company integrates several 6 x 8 panels into the outside of pocket panels so the lock blends with the style. The solar panels are the right size to charge most any small USB gadget like MP3 player, phone or PDA device.  It also appears the pockets are big enough you might just fit that iPad which is so awkward to carry around. The solar power pants from Silvr Lining run just under $300.  The company is based in Los Angeles and all cloths are made in the USA.  Not sure how fashion conscience you are, but if you are Continue Reading

Tilting Solar Panel for Your USB Gadgets

In a concept design only, Eric Strebel and Jim Nogarian prototyped a solar panel which can rotate with the sun.  The case has three angles on the bottom, a flat surface for sunlight directly above around noon time, and two 45 degree angle for morning and afternoon sun.  It’s a good idea…I think.

USB solar power

After a little bit of research it appears the direct sunlight approach to solar is a thing of the past.  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

How To: Run LED Solo From PCless USB Connector

Do you see something odd about this picture?  Maybe the fact an LED is illuminating from a USB connector with no PC in site?  Ya that’s it.  Good job Sherlock.

USB LED

So what we have here is a How To or USB Hack on running an LED from a Super-capacitor.  If you are non-technical, then we basically mean a very short lived battery to run the LED.  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.

USB LED

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

CoolerMaster Intro’s 95W USB Power Adapter Thats Universal

CoolerMaster is definitely taking advantage of the Universal Serial Bus we’ve all come to know as simply USB.  CoolerMaster introduces a universal power adapter which connects via USB.  The new USNA95 is a 95watt power block.  It can easily power your laptop, netbook and USB devices.

CoolerMaster USB adapter

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.  Video after the jump Continue Reading

USB Hub – 13 Ports in 5 Inch Bay

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.

USB hub, 13 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.

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USB Solar Hub – So Close To What We Need

Yesterday we spoke about Elcom introducing a USB power strip and today we have USB Fever with a  solar powered USB hub.  We where very excited to hear about this product -  as it seems to be a step up from the introduction from yesterday, and it’s got some great features, but unfortunately, the solar power charging system isn’t for the USB devices which are connected, but rather the built-in LED torch light [insert sad face here].

USB solar charge Hub

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.  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

They Took My Idea – USB Power Strip

About three weeks ago I started the process to design a USB power strip where the device would be a dumb down version of a USB hub…it only gives power.  The reason why I wanted to design something like this was for the infinite number of USB items I have.  Just in my house alone, we have 3 iPhones, one Flip Video camera and two blue-tooth headsets…all powered and recharged by USB. So enter, stage left, my thought of a USB power strip.  Well, Elcom was thinking the same thing, but only months earlier!  They have officially released the USB for port power strip and the 7 port USB power strip.  Clearly I think the idea is simply brilliant.

USB power strip

Elcom includes LED lights for each port to show if a device is active or not.  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.

USB power strip 7 port

The 4 port USB power strip is $40.  The 7 port USB power strip is $110.  Both are available at Geek Stuff 4 You.  Page. Continue Reading

Energy Boost for iPad – 99 Hours Worth

HyperMac updated their power blocks to include support for the iPad product line.  There are a couple models to chose from, but the high end, $500 unit, will give you 99 hours of iPad life.  More then enough for that weekend get-away. For a bit less, the $200 battery pack will get you the 60 watt version capable of powering your beloved Apple product for 34 hours. For this price, at least they include USB ports to power those USB gadgets you have in every corner of your office.

hypermac power supply

The HyperMac power bricks are not yet available, but will be within a couple of weeks.  Just in time to be received with your long delayed iPad order. Continue Reading

80 Port USB Power Overload

At first glance we became very excited about this 80 port USB board, we thought it was a huge USB hub.  Then we read the details and realized it’s just an 80 port USB power source.  And we say “just” with all the enthusiasm that word can carry.  Wicked awesome from our point of view.

USB power board

We’ve done the math and have still come up short on the exact NEED for the 80 port USB power board, but never-the-less, it makes you smile.  Kinda like the iPad [even without USB support].

Our calculations seem to bring us back to quality control, that is the only legitimate reason why this board would be of “true” value.

Thanko is offering the USB power board for $165.

80 port USB

I have two questions, please answer on Facebook:  1) do you need this?  2)  what is a legit use for this other than QC testing for some USB gadget?

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AA Battery Charger Via USB Ports – Save 72%

At the time of this article, Buy.com has a set of AA battery chargers which re-powers via USB at a 72% savings.  List price went from $24 down to $7 bucks! Great stocking stuffer for the geeky Dad, brother or in-law.

AA battery USB recharger

Save the environment by throwing fewer batteries away! This Ni-MH battery recharges with any USB port and has a built in safety circuit to prevents overcharging. LED indicator light lets you know when your battery is fully charged. Grab the Get USBDealz now! Continue Reading

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