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The Power Pocket woven into a sleeping bag

Vodafone is to trial prototype phone-charging technology at the Isle of Wight festival this weekend. Developed by the University of Southampton's Electronics and Computer Science Department, the Power Pocket exploits the Seebeck effect, exploiting the difference in temperature between the human body and its surroundings to generate an electrical current which can be used to recharge a smartphone. Vodafone has woven the pocket into a sleeping bag (called Recharge) and a pair of shorts (called Power shorts) to test the technology.  Read More

A new flash-charging system for electric buses delivers 15-second-long battery boosts at s...

When you think of an electric bus, you probably either picture a vehicle that has to stay constantly connected to overhead trolley cables, or that attempts to run its entire route on one charge of its onboard batteries. In Geneva, however, they’re trying something else – a system in which an electric bus takes 15 seconds to receive an energy boost at selected stops.  Read More

Trunk can be fixed in different positions to double as a stand as well as a charging cable

A typical iPhone charging cable is between half a meter and a meter in length, and has a slim cord that is prone to tangles and is not particularly hard-wearing. This combination is fine for most users and most situations, but Trunk offers an alternative to the norm.  Read More

The nuplug is a surge protector and extension cord that can be attached to furniture

The nuplug surge protected extension cord offers two outlets and two USB ports, but what makes this device interesting is its ability to attach to beds, couches, workbenches and other convenient locations around the home.  Read More

The VOTO fuel-cell charger gets power from cooking fires

Just because someone is getting close to nature doesn't necessarily mean they need to ditch their smartphone. However, keeping a device charged while in the great outdoors is not always the easiest thing to do. After all, those trees don't come equipped with power outlets. We've already seen the BioLite stove that generates its own power. A new product called VOTO performs a similar function, but with any cooking fire.  Read More

The USB Utility Charge Tool contains four commonly-used fold-out plugs, for charging your ...

For several years now, it’s been possible to buy Swiss Army Knives with flash drives. The USB Utility Charge Tool, while it’s obviously inspired by the Swiss Army Knife, is a little different – it contains four fold-out plugs for charging or syncing your electronic devices.  Read More

Fuel just might be the world smallest phone charger

Devotec Industries is launching a new product on Kickstarter that just might be the world's smallest emergency phone charging device. It's designed to be easily carried on a key ring, and everything needed to top up a phone is crammed inside a space smaller than the keys themselves.  Read More

BioLite users can now grill, sear, boil – and charge their iPhone – with one stove set-up

Since its introduction a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove has received much acclaim, winning multiple nominations and awards, including a selection for our top camping gadgets list. Thanks to the added function of electricity generation, the new stove appeals to more than just crunchy outdoor folks muling sweat-stained packs; it appeals to tech and gadget lovers, too. The BioLite's general market appeal is sure to broaden with the recent addition of a new accessory: a grill.  Read More

The handheld Electromagnetic Harvester allegedly charges a AA battery using just the elect...

We're surrounded by electromagnetic fields almost everywhere these days. Just because they're almost imperceptible doesn't mean they can't be used as a source of energy though. One student in Germany recently built the Electromagnetic Harvester, a small box that allegedly charges an AA battery using just the electromagnetic fields given off by the likes of power lines, vehicles and electronic gadgets.  Read More

Using a hot coffee mug to charge with the Epiphany onE Puck

It seems as if every other day we see a new method for charging a cell phone. With a strong possibility of power outages coming to Northeastern portion of the United States due to winter storm Nemo, other methods of keeping cell phones alive could certainly come in handy. The Epiphany onE Puck uses the power of your drink to keep your mobile device alive and kicking for a little while longer.  Read More

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