Zap – USB Gets New Charge Spec

USB-IF gives new charge specification
USB is branching out into another standard, we first heard about China implementing USB the standard for cell phone chargers, now USB gets a new charging specification from the USB-Implementers Forum. Power via USB is nothing new, but what the USB-IF did was increase the amount of energy which can flow to a USB device. To get our geek on, an example is current spec is only 100mA of electricity to a device, the new specification increases that to 500mA. In addition, USB-IF addressed the low-end too. The organization decreeds that devices which have completely dead batteries can charge at 100 mA. This allows dead devices to charge up even though they don’t have enough power to turn on. Continue Reading

Hand Crank USB Lego Charger

So here is a simple project to groom your child into the geek parent you are. Over at Hacked Gadgets Alan pointed out a “how-to” on creating your own USB charger from Lego’s.
hand crank lego USB charger
The charger uses a Lego motor to generate current which passes through a voltage regulator and off to the USB port. If you don’t already have the Lego motor you can pick them up at target and the voltage regulator at Radio Shack. When all done, rather then sending your kid to time-out, have them hand-crank and recharge your favorite MP3 player. Here is a picture of the hand crank with electronics already installed. Continue Reading

iPod Charger Made from Altoids Tin

There is definitely an Altoids DIY underground. I bumped into an article on how to make an iPod charger from an Altoids Tin yesterday at Chris DiClerico’s website. After doing a little research I see there is a big following for Altoids Tin do-it-yourself projects. So, to service my reader group, herezzz the how to:
ipod charger altoids
It’s a very easy project and a great one for beginners looking to tweak something. The goal is to make a charger from two 9V batteries and two AA batteries which should juice your iPod for another 10 hours. Then house that charger in a clean looking Altoids Tin. Couple things you’ll need: Continue Reading

Will USB Become Standard Connection For Cell Phone Chargers?

China might be setting the standard for cell phone charger connections to become USB. The Chinese government will impliment a single national standard on mobile phone chargers sold in the country to avoid waste and to lower manufacturing costs. Under the new standard, all mobile phones, regardless of the brand, will be able to share one charger via USB access, allowing users to charge handsets through any USB port.charge cell phone via usbThe unified standard will cut the cost of a new handset and reduce electronic waste and consumption of resources, a Ministry of Information Industry (MII)official said. China has almost 450 million cell phone subscribers, with up to 100 million replacing their phones Continue Reading

USB Powerstick Has Fuel Gauge

PowerstickPowerstick from Ecosol just received a “best of” award from CES. It’s a USB shaped power adaptor with a fuel gauge. Although the Powerstick website only has a photoshop version pic the concept is great. Plug in the Powerstick and juice up via any computer. Tote it around for a while. When needed, plug in the Powerstick – juice up that USB powered gadget. Continue Reading

Slim Proporta USB mobile device charger

USB mobile chargerA USB Mobile Device Charger is always a nice resource for the gadget endowed. Proporta introduces an impressive 3400mAH mobile charger to juice up even the most power-hungry portable devices. With 5v, 700mA output it’s one of the best charges has seen. Standard USB input and USB output and comes with a retractable cable and inter-changeable connector heads for Continue Reading

USB camping lamp

USB camping lampCamping out with your laptop always improves the experience, after all watching The Ring while hearing the howl of coyotes is just too good. Well if things get too scary, flip on this USB powered camping lamp. Sporting a flashlight beam, lantern glow, FM radio with antenna, and headphone jacks, this multi-function device can be powered from any open USB port — if your laptop is running out of juice, Continue Reading

iPod international power charger

USB Powered GadgetsFor international travel the #1 item on most people’s list would be their iPod. Afterall spending 15 hours on a flight to Japan is an absolute drag without some tunes. Well, to insure there’s juice for the trip home Griffin introduces their PowerBlock Travel charger pack. The PowerBlock Travel is an international power pack which covers every location you could possibly visit. Continue Reading

Power packed PEBL recharges via USB

As with the Energi-To-Go product line, Motorola has unveiled the Portable Power P970 gadget, a power pack that plugs into any device with a mini USB port either to recharge the host or provide current immediately. The P970 is essentially a 1700mAh rechargeable battery in a curvy PEBL-like casing with a USB port on top. It weighs just 79g and measures 7.4 x 5.1 x 2.4cm. Motorola is pitching the product as an accessory for its own phones and accessories, but we’d bet it will prove handy for other gadgets that can recharge through their mini USB ports, such as phones, PDA and MP3 players. Continue Reading

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