CNET reports the New York utility provider, Con Edison, is attempting to make NYC a little more energy efficient by distributing 10,000 ThinkEco smart thermostat outlets to combat peak power use during summer months (aka "CoolNYC")...
Chargers and extra batteries are indispensable to us. We all carry the regular laptop chargers and mobile chargers but what about a designer handbag that charges? Or a solar charger that powers your device using energy from the sun? Here's a roundup of interesting chargers we've discovered that are a bit more interesting than your average power up sources.
Does your dollar store extension cord provide enough power to run your vacuum cleaner? Do you need to plug your printer into a surge protector? If you're using the same kind of extension cord to pick up slack for your entire apartment, you're doing it wrong. Every piece of tech in your house—from the hair dryer to your laptop—has different needs for its power supply.
Even the most diehard iOS fan has to admit this Android robot mascot USB Device Charger is pretty cute. Plug in the $25 accessory, and the figurine's eyes glow blue while charging, then turn white when your device is fully charged.
Electrical outlets are one of those ugly necessities you just learn to live with or try very hard to hide. Epecially true if you're a plugged-in type with a small electronics store worth of gear around the house [looking around whistling]. One common problem area: walls where an HDTV is directly mounted onto the wall. A recessed outlet like this will permit flush mounting without power plugs getting into the way of a wall-hugging fit. Also quite useful when installed behind wall units and other larger furnishings where a plug could get in the way.
Did you know you can recharge regular AA and AAA alkaline batteries safely? Neither did we...we always believed you had to use rechargeable models. There's a catch though: you'll need a device called the SecondWind Alkaline Battery Charger, and it's not compatible with NiMH, NiCAD or Lithium-based batteries. But if you've got a drawer full of dead Energizer or Dura-cell (the manufacturer recommends name brand for their quality control), this could be a useful way to eke out a little more life/use...
Turn over the charger or plug to any electronic device and you'll notice small print and symbols related to the power requirements of your device. But what do all those symbols all mean and why do they matter when plugging in...
From the depths of Conan O'Brien's "If they mated..." schtick comes this surpisingly attractive camera-iDock hybrid. It's part vintage camera, part iPhone USB charger, all-around gorgeous, and handcrafted from an Etsy seller. What's not to love?
Batteries. You live and deal with them everyday, but do you really know the proper way to use and maintain them for optimal life? We dispel some of the myths and look at a few of the not-so-obvious care techniques so you can keep your gear juiced for the long-run.
You want to know one of my favorite parts of staying in a hotel? Getting to use a bedside table lamp with a power outlet built in. It's the perfect spot to leave your phone/alarm clock/livesaver to charge for the night. You can bring the comforts of a resort stay to your own bedroom each night with one of these 10 outlet-fitted table lamps.