• Charger Not Included: U.K. Carrier O2 To Sell HTC Phone With USB Cable But No Plug

    Charger Not Included: U.K. Carrier O2 To Sell HTC Phone With USB Cable But No Plug

    Peer into the drawers of the average gadget addict and you’re sure to find a tangled mess of unused chargers gathering dust. Mobile phones are a prime offender in creating redundant gadget junk, with new models released every few months to drive upgrades. Indeed, U.K. carrier O2 calculates there are now more than 100 million unused phone chargers languishing in Brits’ drawers… Read More

  • Air Voltage: Maxell Japan Announces Wireless Charger For iPad 2

    Air Voltage: Maxell Japan Announces Wireless Charger For iPad 2

    Hitachi Maxell, in cooperation with Murata, has announced [JP] the so-called Air Voltage for the Japanese market today, a combination of a wireless charging pad (dubbed “Energy Stand”) and jacket (“Energy Cover”) specifically for use with the iPad 2. According to Maxell, the device is the first of its kind (mass-produced). The way it works is that users put their iPad… Read More

  • BG-BL01: Panasonic's Portable Solar Light Doubles As A USB Charger

    We will see more of these devices coming in the next few years, I am sure: Panasonic today announced [JP] the BG-BL01, a portable and solar-powered LED light that doubles as a charger for USB gadgets. The device is sized at just 152×104×24mm, weighs 150g, can house two AA batteries and is splash proof. Read More

  • This USB Pot Charges Your Cell Phone By Excess Heat

    Charging your phone the usual way is too boring for you? Then consider the Hatsuden-Nabe, manufactured by a Japanese company called TES NewEnergyCorporation. It’s basically a pot with a USB port, and it can turn heat that would normally be wasted into power that you can use to charge your cell phone (or other USB gadgets). Read More

  • Video: Hitachi Maxell's Wireless iPhone 4 Charger

    Not sure what to think of this, but here we go: Hitachi Maxell has developed a wireless charging solution for the iPhone 4 that looks pretty elegant but requires users to place their handset in a special case. That’s the bad news, but the good news is that this case can double as a protective sleeve in everyday use. Read More

  • Video: Ben Heck Dazzles & Creates Mobile Phone Charger Powered By Kinetic Energy

    Ben Heck, the engineering whiz who makes genuinely useful stuff for the lot of us, has a new device that may interest you Android fans in the crowd. It’s a mobile phone charger that works using the mighty power of kinetic energy, the energy of motion. What a pleasant man this Ben Heck is. Read More

  • Murata Develops Wireless iPad Charger

    Japanese electronics company Murata has developed a wireless charging system for the iPad (see picture). According to a recent report in Japanese business daily The Nikkei, the main bullet point here is that users can choose how to place their iPad on the charging plate freely. Read More

  • LovePlus: Konami's Dating Sim Gets Otaku Cell Phone Chargers

    In September last year, Konami Japan released a dating simulation called LovePlus that went on to become a huge hit on the Nintendo DS. It’s so successful that last November, a Japanese man married a character from the game. Now Konami decided to give a merchandising license to Tokoy-based Webcrew Agency [JP], which today announced cell phone chargers [JP] based on LovePlus. Read More

  • Sanyo's Outs New Mobile Chargers For Your Portable Gadgets

    Do you own an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Sony Xperia, a Nintendo DS, or other mobile devices? Do you need a power source when you use these gadgets on the go? If yes, then the mobile chargers Sanyo announced today might do the trick for you. There will be two versions: one, the so-called “eneloop stick booster” (pictured above) comes with adapters (licensed by Nintendo) to power your DS… Read More

  • New quick charger for electric cars is really quick

    One of the biggest hurdles on the road to make electric vehicles attractive for the mass market is the long time it usually takes to charge batteries. But a Japanese company called JFE Engineering now claims it has found a solution for that problem. According to JFE, even so-called “quick battery chargers” often take 30 minutes to charge a car’s battery to 80% of its capacity. Read More