Eneloop Adds Sophistication to Portable Chargers

Eneloop ChargerIn the past, portable charging devices running off a couple of AA batteries have been, for the most part, dodgy. You could pick them up in supermarkets for $10 and they wouldn’t have given you anywhere near enough power to switch your dead phone back on.

Sanyo has brought the battery-powered charger into 2010 by introducing their new Eneloop charging device. The Eneloop runs off AA batteries, but rechargeable Ni-Mh AAs, rather than disposable ones, that can be recharged by plugging the Eneloop into your laptop or other USB charger.

The Eneloop has immediately put itself a cut above its competition by supplying very high quality Ni-Mh cells with the charger that don’t leak over time. …

Sanyo’s Eneloop Rechargeable Battery Powered Bike

Eneloop Bike SeriesSanyo’s new application for their Eneloop range of rechargeable batteries is their bike series – a fairly standard electric bike where the battery is charged up while you cycle and the power is released by pressing a button on the handlebars.

At this point the bike goes into ‘all-wheel’ mode, i.e. both wheels will be powered instead of just the rear wheel on a standard bicycle. What differentiates this bike from other electric ones is that it manages to charge the battery even whilst you’re slowing down – that extra power does help in the long run too.

PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc rechargeable batteries are non-toxic, recyclable

powergenix rechargeable batteriesNeed more power? Sure you do; we all do. But on the other hand, you’d still like to be environmentally conscious and friendly. That means if you need batteries you should opt for rechargeables. PowerGenix has a line of rechargeable batteries that are made of Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) and run at 1.6 volts vs the usual 1.2V that other rechargeables put out.

PowerGenix claims that this is the 1st new battery chemistry in over 20 years, and that they discharge a greater portion of their stored power before reaching the device cutoff limit, so they in effect would have better performance than say a NiMH battery with a higher capacity.

PowerGenix’s batteries are 100% non-toxic and non-combustible and are nearly 100% recyclable.

For a limited time, if you purchase PowerGenix batteries, you can send in your receipt and UPC to get free C or D adapters.

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More info from the manufacturer
Price: $23 for 4 AA batteries & charger; $13 for 4 AA cells
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Review: iTech SolarCharger 906 – portable solar charger

There are numerous portable battery backup solutions out there that come in various sizes, shapes and function. iTech makes one that falls into the ‘green’ category. How? By being rechargeable via solar energy. The SolarCharger 906 is a compact iPhone-sized (approx 4″ x 2.5″ x 0.6″) solar panel that holds 1,260mAh of power.

You can either charge up the 906 via a USB cable but of course, its star power (pardon the pun) is to be recharged via the sun’s rays. The 906 comes with a clear plastic cradle that is very securely connected and suction cups that you can use to attach it to your car’s windscreen. There’s also a car-kit.

The SolarCharger 906 has 4 blue LED lights on it that shows the degree to which it is charged up. Unfortunately, it takes over 20 hours to get fully charged up via sunlight, but iTech claims that it can keep a full charge for up to a year. So far, we’ve found that it does keep a charge for a week.

It also comes with 10 different power adapter tips including ones for LG, Nokia, Nintendo, Samsung, and Sony phones, Sony PSP and a few different USB tips (supports iPhone, iPods, Motorola and Blackberrys).

You can simultaneously charge a device while the 906 is charging via sunlight. Theoretically, you can keep the 906 running indefinitely if it gets enough sunshine.

We really liked iTech’s SolarCharger 906, but have to say that it is ideal for those folks that have their cars outside for a significant amount of time daily and use their portable devices enough to warrant an emergency backup. People that don’t fit this description may not get their money’s worth from the SolarCharger, although the 1 time you absolutely need your phone recharged, you may think just that!

#CES09: Schwinn Tailwind eBike promises faster charging, longer lifecycles

Schwinn showed off the Tailwind again at ShowStoppers. An electric eBike hybrid that can be ridden as either a conventional bike or in electric motor-assist mode, the Tailwind is a lightweight aluminum alloy frame bicycle. We saw the bike in action and it’s pretty zippy.

What’s new about this electric bike is the brand new ion battery developed by Toshiba that has the following benefits:
fully chargeable in 30 minutes (which is 10-25% the time it takes current bikes)
greatly increased lifecycle – approx 2000 charge/discharges compared to 300 to 1000 for others
15 to 25 miles distance per charge
safe and environmentally friendly

Pricing: $3200 with the replacement battery going for $500-$600. There are other Schwinn eBikes available starting around $1400.

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