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The electree+ harvests solar energy through 27 amorphous-silicon square solar panels

Sitting somewhere between the "solar trees" erected on parking garages at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) and the nanotrees developed on the same campus, the electree+ is a sculptural bonsai tree with 27 solar cells for "leaves." The tree's branches can be adjusted to catch the rays just right, and its internal battery will store enough electricity to charge an iPhone5 nine times over, a Galaxy S3 seven times, or an iPad 2 twice.  Read More

The Phorce is a smart bag that can carry and charge all your devices

Some people prefer to use a backpack, others like the simplicity of a briefcase, and some people like the hybrid look of a messenger bag. Others, at one point or another, could make use of all three. The proposed Phorce bag switches between these three form factors, and also packs a battery that allows it to charge most mobile devices via USB, and with a more costly option, it can even top up a MacBook.  Read More

Volvo is testing the charger on its C30 EVs

Volvo is working on what it calls the world's first three-phase on-board charger. The charger promises to make electric-vehicle charging much faster than it is now. Instead of charging a vehicle overnight or for hours at a time, Volvo claims its on-board unit will allow users to completely refresh their batteries in just 1.5 hours.  Read More

Pricing for the Etón BoostTurbine and BoostBloc portable device chargers that premiered at...

The Etón Corporation has now announced details of pricing for the BoostTurbine and BoostBloc portable power packs that debuted at IFA 2012 back in September.  Read More

Belkin announced today that it will be the first third-party manufacturer to market with L...

With its new car charger and dock accessories for iPhone and iPad set to ship the middle of November, it looks as if Belkin will be the first third-party manufacturer of Lightning accessories to reach the market. While the Car Charger 2.1 AMP will charge all of Apple's current Lightning devices (including the iPhone 5, iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad), the Charge + Sync Dock is designed specifically for iPhone 5.  Read More

The components in the BRIGHT lamp

BRIGHT Products has created a new solar-powered lamp with the intended goal of bringing more light to developing nations. Not only that, the lamp can be used as a mobile phone charger through the built-in micro USB cord.  Read More

BRUSA's NLG6 battery charger will appear later this year in vehicles from a 'major Europea...

Swiss technology specialist BRUSA Elektronik AG is claiming a first for electric vehicle fast charging with the launch of its NLG6 battery charger. Small enough to be fitted on-board an electric car, the unit is capable of operating on a three-phase current with power of up to 22 kW, meaning that it could fully charge a typical electric vehicle in less than one hour. European EV models featuring the NLG6 charger will be available to customers by next month.  Read More

The InSync travel case has been designed to securely transport and charge up to 16 iPads a...

The InSync travel case has been designed to securely transport and charge up to 16 iPads and a 13-inch laptop, simultaneously. While you may not have 16 iPads lying around for your next trip, the travel case could be a practical idea for businesses or school groups.  Read More

Eton Corporation launched the BoostTurbine and BoostBloc USB battery packs from the Power ...

Eton came to IFA 2012 to show off its Rukus portable Bluetooth sound system and FRX Series of preparedness radios to Europe's green technology lovers but also treated us to a surprise unveiling of its new Power Boost USB battery packs. As the name suggests, the BoostTurbine sports a hand crank to keep the conversation going even when its own juice is drained. Meanwhile, the largest capacity BoostBloc portable power pack is claimed to be capable of simultaneously charging two smartphones.  Read More

EcoXPower converts pedal-power into electricity for both headlights and a smartphone

EcoXPower by EcoXGear is another take on a concept which most Gizmag readers will be familiar with: harnessing the kinetic energy produced while one pedals a bicycle in order to convert it into electricity and charge a smartphone or similar device. Though we’ve covered several products of this nature in the past, such as Nokia's Bicycle Charger Kit, Dahon's BioLogic ReeCharge, and the PedalPower+, the EcoXPower sets itself apart by charging your smartphone or GPS and providing electricity to front and rear lights at the same time.  Read More

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