Power, Charging Accessories Bring Efficiency, Savings
By TWICE Staff On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
Many attendees of International CES
expect this to be the year of the tablet device, and it all
started last year with Apple’s introduction of the iPad.
Nine months after its debut, accessories for the iPad
and other tablets will be flooding the show floor. Here
is a rundown of some of them:
will be unveiling two new chargers, Idapt Eco
and Idapt Wireless, at CES
Idapt Eco has been designed to help reduce the
user’s carbon footprint. All of the product’s components
have been made with recycled materials and no
chemical painting was used during the manufacturing
process. The device is said to fit the Energy Star standard
and features a system that turns off all electronic
components when it is not being used. Like all Idapt
products, the Idapt Eco features interchangeable tips
that allow the consumer to use the charger for multiple
The company’s Idapt wireless charger can charge
up to four different mobile devices — a wireless charge
for one device, two devices can be charged using the
company’s interchangeable tips, and an additional
device can be charged via a USB charging port. An
included LED light shows the charging status of the
Pricing and shipping information for both the Idapt
Eco and the Idapt Wireless will be available at the
GE four-port USB 2.0 charging hub lets
users charge up to four devices at once. Features
include a dedicated port that delivers a 2.1A charge
with an AC adapter, as well as two different charging
modes. Blue LED indicators notify users of remaining
battery life. Suggested retail is $89.99.
New from Mizco International
is the Jump Start
Slim, a rechargeable 1,100 mAh smartphone auxiliary
battery pack that weighs 2 ounces and retails for
$29.95. It is said to provide three additional hours of
3G talk time, seven hours of video playback and 21
hours of audio.
Features include a brushed-metal top and highgloss
black back, a three-step LED charge-status display,
and a single button for on/off and battery status. It
also comes with USB Micro, USB Mini, and DC barrel
to USB A female connecting cables.
The Jump Start Flip rechargeable 3300mAh battery
pack has an integrated flip stand with grip pad for
holding smartphones or MP3 players at an angle for
Available for the suggested retail of $49.99, the
Jump Start Flip is designed to provide consumers with
10 additional hours of 3G talktime, 21 additional hours
of video playback and 62 hours of audio playback.
is introducing the PowerBoost
Ultra-Slim battery case, said to deliver up to twice the
battery life for the iPhone 4. It has a rechargeable lithium-
polymer 1,600 mAh battery that reportedly doubles
the iPhone 4’s battery life. Up to an additional 300
hours of standby time, seven hours of 3G talktime, six
hours of 3G Internet usage, 10 hours of video playback
or 40 hours of audio are provided. It will be available
in matte-black and gloss-white finishes this month at a
will provide hands-on demonstrations of its
ElectroHub — said to be the first wireless induction charger
capable of powering six devices at the same time.
Previously, the number of simultaneous charges was
limited to the number of charging coils within the induction
device. Innex said it spent months developing
ElectroHub’s new “broad coil” technology, allowing
multiple items to share a single coil, despite different
batteries and voltage requirements.
The ElectroHub utilizes custom batteries that can
“absorb” an electrical current from the charging surface.
The batteries can be purchased separately or included
in an ElectroHub bundle. Unique adapters also
allow Apple users to recharge their products without
the need to replace the interior battery.
The suggested retail is $39.99, and the ElectroHub
will be available for live demonstrations at the Innex booth.
Premier Accessory Group
will be showing its
Clip N’ Charge line of rechargeable power solutions
products during CES. The Clip N’ Charge is a line of
rechargeable battery holsters and cases that offers
protection, carrying solution and backup power for
mobile and smartphone devices all in one, the company
said. The holsters use a lithium-polymer battery
technology that can be recharged and
reused hundreds of times, to provide
backup battery power on the go for
a variety of mobile, smart phones and
is offering its modlet “smart
outlet” to consumers fro the first time. The
patent-pending modlet monitors appliance-level
power use, then automatically disconnects power
based on users’ personal schedule of use to save
energy, money and CO2 when specific appliances
are not needed. Energy consumption is controlled by
the modlet’s web-based interface that allows users
to see detailed data about their energy consumption,
including how much energy individual equipment is
consuming. Consumers can also compare their power
usage against others in the modlet community. The
modlet will retail for $40 when it becomes available
later this quarter..
, a new start-up based in Davenport,
Iowa, is introducing eco-friendly PowerSavers with
one-touch timed charging technology that eliminates
standby power to appliances and electronics, saving
energy, money and battery life, the company said.
The Take Charge PowerSavers are available in
three models. The UTC4W offers three timer-controlled
outlets in a wall tap unit with one always on
outlet. The UTC4S has three timer-controlled outlets
with one always on outlet in a strip form with a 2-foot
cord. Each product has the three-hour timer and LED
indicator lights with one-touch timer start buttons.
The UTC8MS offers eight outlets with two alwayson
outlets and one master outlet that controls five
controlled outlets in a strip form. The control outlet
automatically senses power consumption and will
turn on/off-connected peripherals.
“If everyone in the United States used a Take
Charge PowerSaver, energy savings would translate
to a total of over $6 billion dollars annually,” said
to Denny Miller, CEO of Take Charge.
Available in the United States in March, the
UTC4W and UTC4S will be offered at the suggested
retails of $19.95 and $24.95, respectively. The
UTC8MS will retail for $29.95.
is showcasing its new Smart battery
charger that recharges regular alkaline batteries
up to 20 times.
This alkaline battery charger will recharge standard
alkaline batteries up to 10 times with average
quality batteries and many more times for higher-quality
leading-brand batteries, the company said.
The unit can charge AA and AAA batteries, either
one size at a time or mixed together.
A full set of safety features are built in, including
overcharging protection, overheating protection and
battery-type protection. Additionally, the LED lights
on the product indicate clearly when charging is completed.
In addition the Smart battery charger can also
charge Ni-CD, Ni-MH and RAM batteries safely.
is releasing power accessories,
including the Portable Power Max — a 16,000 mAh
battery capable of charging five USB powered devices
simultaneously. Suggested retail is $129.