If your phone dies in the woods, how do you charge it? Sure, you can bring a backup battery, but what if you’re out there for an extended period of time? You do have options of solar power, or maybe even wind power.
There are never enough outlets in the world. One of the things I hate about checking into most hotels is that there are never available outlets by the bed. Sure, they’ve got free ones on the other side of the room near the desk.
The more gadgets I have, the more frequently I have at least one of them run out of power on me. Sure, there are external battery and solar charger accessories, but when you’re schlepping around somewhere when there’s no sun, it can be a drag.
Mario has all the headlines this year for celebrating a notable milestone for longevity in the geeky world of video games. But Mario isn’t the only game character that has been around for a long time, Sonic has been gaming for 20 years now.
This concept device reminds me of that episode of The Simpsons where Bart tries to use the headlight dynamo to get some light when riding his bike at night, but the thing makes the bike so hard to pedal he can hardly move.
Human-powered electronics are nothing new. For example, there are already wristwatches that are recharged by the motion of the wearer’s wrist. Okay actually that’s the only example I can think of now, but still. Now imagine if you could recharge almost all of your portable devices via your continuous breathing.
This has to be one of the strangest ways of recharging your iPhone I’ve seen. The iFan claims to recharge your iPhone using only wind power, even it it does look slightly ridiculous. I’d probably prefer a crank of some sort to charge my iPhone.
I bet that many geeks have the same issues when they travel that I do. The biggest problem is that I tend to travel with as many gadgets as I do clothing. It’s also really hard to keep the things charged up when I am on the road, and stuff always runs out of juice when I want to use it.
The good thing about conventional chargers for our gadgets is that most, if not all of them let us continue to use our gadgets even while they’re charging. Sure, it’ll take longer to charge but hey, Dragon Quest IX beckons.
If you need a place to juice up your Nintendo DSi or DSi LL (XL here in the states), you could plug in into that boring old AC adapter that came with your system – or you could do this…
The guys at Hori Japan have come out with this ridiculously gleeful Pikachu charging stand (translated) for Nintendo’s latest handheld systems.
USB ports are like bacon – we can never have enough of ’em. If you own a Lenovo laptop, rejoice, because the company has just released the Power Hub, a neat device that integrates a 4-port USB hub into a 65W power adapter.
…unless of course you already have a charger. Or you only have one controller. Or you don’t have a PS3. Seriously though, while this isn’t the cheapest PS3 controller charger out there, I’m pretty sure it’s the cheapest 4-port charger.
I don’t know if Brando’s cutting back on selling weird gadgets, but it’s good to know that they’re still coming out with cheap and practical ones. This one’s a 3-in-1 device, a 4-port USB hub/charger that can also be used as a solar-powered charger and a flashlight.
I like the idea of a hydrogen fuel cell. I can fill a small cartridge with hydrogen, and then power my gadgets from the fuel cell as long as my hydrogen source holds out. That means that I won’t need an AC outlet to keep my iPhone running.