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Power Tap: Turn It ‘On’ to Let the Electricity Flow

Power Tap

Everyone’s all about conservation these days. You probably know by now that it’s best to turn that tap off when you’re not using it– but we don’t mean water; instead, we’re talking about power. The Power Tap is a unique charger that looks and works like a typical tap. Turn the handle to let electricity flow, and turn it back to its original position to turn the power off. A USB cable is meant to be plugged into the tap’s “spout.”

Its makers’ goal was to get more people to be conscientious of usage and save energy, although what’ll get people’s attention first is the novelty of the Power Tap’s design. When it’s in the “off” position, the Tap uses 85% less power than when it’s on (that 15% goes on to power the tap’s indicator light.)

It’s available online for $27.50.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]


Pickup Power

Pickup Power

Just like that, our lives are now (sort of) run by mobiles. Smartphones, tablets, smart watches, music players… each one plays a part in your daily life, whether it’s for work or for play. However, each one is just as useful as a paper weight when it’s out of juice. That’s where Pickup Power comes into play.

It’s a power strip with three AC outlets plus a portable, removable battery that you can take and go to charge your device while you’re on the go. It’s available with either a 4,000 or 6,000 mAH battery.

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Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Power Bank is Super

Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Mobile

So this Mark V armor suitcase-inspired power bank won’t be able to give Iron Man a boost when he needs one, but it’ll let you charge up your phone, tablet, and other mobile devices when you’re out of juice. It’s a 1/4 scale prop replica of the suitcase that packs 12,000 mAh of power for your convenience. It’s also equipped with two USB ports so you can recharge two devices at a time.

The mobile fuel cell is compatible with devices that have USB-compatible charging cables, which means most mobile phones, tablets, and music players should work with it.Continue Reading

Hanaga Tap Nose Outlets: Pick for Power

Nose Electrical Plugs


Snot and boogers aren’t the only things that you can expect to come out of a nose. Not that the Hanaga Tap Nose Outlets are real noses you can find on humans, although they look like the real thing. Available in black, white, and pink, the Nose outlets basically just plug into your outlet and provide you with another outlet for the actual appliance or gadget that you want to power up.

In short, it’s pretty much useless, but it’s undeniably a whole lot of fun. It’s available from the Japan Trend Shop for $35.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]


Power Shorts: Shake Your Bon Bons for Power

Power Shorts

Is your phone running low on power? That should be no problem if you’re wearing shorts with the Power Pocket, because all you’ll have to do to charge up your phone is shake your booty. Clearly it’s not the easiest or most practical way to charge your battery, but it’s probably one of the funnest, especially if you’re in the right place, with the right people.

The shorts were created by Vodafone with the help of researchers from the University of Southampton. They were unveiled to attendees of UK’s Isle of Wight music fest, who I’m sure had a blast trying it out.

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MeterPlug Helps You Keep Tabs On What’s Consuming How Much Power

The economy may not be in the tank as it was a couple years ago, but let’s face it, it’s not booming either. Every penny counts and one area where you can make a big difference is in energy efficiency. The appliances and electronic devices that are in your home all consume power, sometimes even when they’re not on. MeterPlug is a simple box that sits between your device and the AC outlet, and monitors the power flowing through. It then communicates information this to a smartphone through its Bluetooth chip. To take things further, it uses GPS data to figure out how much power costs in your particular neighborhood, and is able to give you a running cost as opposed to raw power data. This makes it dead simple to know who’s the worst culprit in those outrageous power bills. But that’s not all. Not only does MeterPlug inform you, it helps you solve the issue as well by cutting off power to any appliance you want, either manually through the press of a button on your smartphone, or automatically after setting up a few rules. It’s smart, but at $50 per plug ($85 for 2 as an early bird price) it is a bit costly. Granted, it could end up paying for itself after a while, so it might still be worth a look. The IndieGogo campaign is almost fully funded, with potential delivery slated for April 2013.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

World’s First Stackable Battery Pack Has Unlimited Amounts Of Power, For A Price

There are a number of situations where you might need power and be away from the mains for a long period of time. Camping? 18 hour flight? Power outage? Regardless of the specifics, some of you will not fail to notice the advantages to having something like the Exovolt Plus, an infinitely (well… not infinitely, but you know what we mean… we hope) stackable battery pack that can deliver as much power as the amount of sub-units you’re able to stack atop one another without the whole thing collapsing in on itself. You first have to buy the 5,200 mAh main battery for $89, and then you buy as many of the sub-batteries as you can afford for $50 a piece. We don’t know the capacity of the subunits, but we hope they’re in the same range as the main. It’s mostly heard to power iDevices as it comes with a 30-pin adaptor, but there’s a USB and micro-USB connector as well so it isn’t limited to that.

Yes, it’s a lot of money, but if you have the cash, you’ll be able to get yours “soon”.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

PlugBook Is An Extension Cord/Power Strip That Looks Like A Book

By David Ponce

Maybe you don’t suffer from this problem, but finding things can be quite the chore in the home of someone that keeps as many gadgets lying around as we do. Particularly hard to find is an extension cord or a power strip when you need one. The PlugBook could help in that department as it’s made to look like a book, so you’re supposed to keep it in your bookshelf. If you’re able to keep books in there, you darn well should be able to keep this there too. It features two USB ports as well as two sockets, plus a one-touch wind-up mechanism that will eat up the 10ft of cord so that the device looks the way it’s supposed to. (Hint: most books don’t have a 10 ft. cord dangling from them) It’s currently trying to get enough funding on Kickstarter, but at $25 a pop it’s reasonably priced enough that we think it should make it. Shipping would be set for October of this year, and there’s a US and a Euro version in the works.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pictures and links.

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Art Lebedev’s Svintus Power Strip Pig Concept

Svintus Power Strip Pig Concept (Image courtesy Art Lebedev)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you like your gadget main dishes served cute with a heaping side of commentary, Art Lebedev’s latest concept design will certainly whet your appetite. Called the Svintus, it’s a novel take on the boring power strip that takes its inspiration from the farm’s most delicious animal. The design seems a bit localized though. While the spiral cord that plugs into the wall certainly looks like a pig’s tail, the repeated snouts, or snoutlets, that cover its body only work as a visual gag in a country that uses that specific plug format. Here in North America, most of the novelty would be lost.

Svintus Power Strip Pig Concept (Image courtesy Art Lebedev)

On the functional side of things the Svintus does provide a whopping seventeen outlets for charging the vast majority of your devices. And they even look like they’re adequately spaced to accommodate a good number of oversized wall warts. On a deeper level, though, I can’t help but feel the use of the pig is commentary on our ever increasing power needs… But I’m just not ready to feel guilty about it this early in the morning.

[ Art Lebedev – Power strip Svintus (concept) ] VIA [ Fancy ]