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
The HyperMac power bricks are not yet available, but will be within a couple of weeks.Â Just in time to be received with your long delayed iPad order. Continue Reading
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.
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.
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?Continue Reading
iLuv put in a flip-out AC adapter so if the USB charger needs to be stored or thrown in a desk drawer it’s a bit more compact.Â Not much else to report about it other than a $20 price tag and available in Sep 09. Continue Reading