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Sanyo offers new AA and AAA eneloop batteries

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Sanyo’s eneloop batteries have been around for a while. People seem to like them when it comes to powering our various toys and gadgets. And now Sanyo is offering some new AA and AAA eneloop rechargeable batteries that will give you 500 more charges compared to the previous versions.

They are already charged and ready to go in the packaging. The company claims that they can maintain about 75% of their charge for up to three years and they are capable of up to 1,500 charge cycles. Perfect for Christmas time.

Brother to replace AA & AAA with vibration charged batteries

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Many devices have moved away from AA and AAA batteries in favor of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. But for things like TV remotes, the use of AA and AAA batteries are still the norm. We have rechargeable versions of these batteries, but sadly most people still rely on the standard one use versions and throw them away.

Brother has an alternative for low-power devices. A new Vibration-power Generating battery (VpGB) has been created which can be produced in both AA and AAA sizes. It does not contain a certain amount of energy which gets discharged and then becomes useless though. Instead, shaking the battery generates power which can then be used immediately.

Quick Review: C.Crane Universal Solar Battery Charger

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

We were asked to check out C.Crane’s Solar Battery Charger, so CableOrganizer.com sent us a review unit and all we needed to do was wait for some sun. Luckily for us, the sun is returning around these parts. So we rounded up a bunch of dead batteries and got to work.

This solar battery charger will charge AAA, AA, C and D size batteries and has a solar power meter on top which shows the charging rate. Just open the plastic cover and put some batteries in. At any one time, you can charge several batteries, a few AA or AAAs along with some Ds for instance.

Febot concept recharges AA batteries using wind

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

Febot concept recharges AA batteries using windChances are you have quite a few spent AA batteries lying around. Probably because you played with your WowWee robots too much. Well, here’s an interesting concept for quick and easy re-charging of all your AA batteries.

The Febot is a design by Ji-yun Kim, Soon-young Yang and Hwan-ju Jeon out of Korea. It would be suction mounted to your window so it can catch the breeze and recharge your single AA inside. A pretty interesting solution. I have a feeling it may take a while though, unless you are in a hurricane.

Moixa USB rechargeable batteries

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

Moixa USB rechargeable batteriesChristmas is coming and between your kid’s toys and your own toys, you’re gonna need some extra batteries. Why not take this opportunity to go green and buy some unique rechargeable batteries instead of environmentally hazardous alkaline batteries.

Like these Moixa USB batteries for instance. These are run of the mill NIMH batteries with a unique slant. They can be charged in your USB ports, making them pretty damn handy to use. They do look like they have the potential to break easily however.

Evolta Robot scales Grand Canyon cliff

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2008

Evolta Robot scales Grand Canyon cliff
What’s the one thing we need more of in the 21st century? If you said that we need more robots performing daring feats, you’re in luck. It just so happens that on Saturday, the Panasonic Evolta battery robot, a 17-centimeter tall super-hero looking bot and all around bundle of cuteness, scaled a 500-meter cliff at the Grand Canyon.

It was a publicity stunt of course, to show-off the endurance of the Evolta AA alkaline batteries. The Guinness Book of World Records already recognizes the batteries as the longest-lasting of their kind. The robot, powered by just a pair of Evoltas, pulled itself up 530 meters of rope, finally reaching the top after 6 hours and 45 minutes. I don’t know about you, but if you show me a cool robot doing cool stuff I’m gonna buy your batteries.

World’s smallest & lightest battery charger

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

World’s smallest & lightest battery charger
I’ve got a bunch of devices that use AA batteries. Said batteries all rotate in and out of the same charger, so something like this would be very convenient for me. Especially if I needed some batteries charged on the go.

It claims to be the smallest and lightest battery charger in the world. I don’t know about that, but I know it will come in handy. It will charge two AA or AAA batteries to 75% of a full charge in three to four hours via the USB port, so it’s not the fastest. For $25, it’s worth it if you have many batteries to be charged.