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Goal Zero Offers Solar Charger With Interchangeable Tips
SALT LAKE CITY – Goal Zero has introduced its latest solar-powered charging system, the Switch 8, which features interchangeable tips for almost any handheld device on the market.
The device, made of aluminum and smaller than a roll of quarters, features an 8-watt lithium-ion battery that recharges with a portable Nomad 3.5 solar panel in about six hours. The battery can also be charged from any USB source in less than four hours, the company said.
Users can sign up for email alerts with info on new Switch 8 tips and accessories launching this winter and coming spring at GoalZero.com/Switch.
The Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit is available now at REI retailers nationwide and REI. com for $99.95.
Griffin Launches Lightning Car Charger
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Griffin Technology is offering its first in-vehicle charger for Apple’s Lightning eight-pin dock connector, the PowerJolt SE.
The device has a 10-watt charging circuit, a coiled cable that stretches up to 4 feet and an LED power indicator light that glows white when the PowerJolt SE is properly connected and ready to charge.
It guards against power fluctuations as it charges with a built-in, self-resetting SmartFuse.
Griffin’s PowerJolt SE is the first available product in Griffin’s new line of Lightning accessories. It retails for $24.99.
Scented iPhone Case Debuts From Ted Baker
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND — British design house Ted Baker has introduced its first scented iPhone 5 case.
Available in black or pink, the Sweet Talk jelly case gives off the scent of watermelon. It features the Ted Baker London logo and the bow motif that is seen across designer’s clothing and accessories.
It includes cutouts for buttons, ports and lenses.
Control Concepts, SurgeX Team For Power-Automation Modules
ZEBULON, N.C. — SurgeX is now offering Crestron and AMX control system interface power-management modules designed by Control Concepts.
The new automation modules, the Axess Elite and Axess, are said to give integrators and end users a smarter and more efficient way to manage and monitor power. Anytime access to power draw, temperature, over/under voltage and power sequencing provides information about system health and performance, and with the Control Concepts modules, SurgeX dealers can control the Axess products and manage power via AMX and Crestron automation systems.
Three major points of functionality were sought with the new modules, the company said. They had to measure energy usage and data about system health; they had to report usage data and overall system performance with the same interface AMX and Crestron users and dealers were already accustomed to, and the modules had to allow remote management of IP-enabled SurgeX Axess products so integrators could make adjustments for system troubleshooting and efficiency at any time through the control systems.
Kanex Adds Two USB 3.0 Hubs
BREA, CALIF. – Kanex announced two new USB 3.0 solutions: the four-port USB 3 Hub and the USB 3 Gigabit Adapter.
The four-port USB 3 Hub adds four USB 3.0 ports to a Mac or PC. The USB hub includes a 2.1-amp power port so users can charge such things as the iPad, smartphones, cameras and other mobile devices.
The Kanex USB 3 Gigabit Adapter adds a Gigabit Ethernet port to any USB 3.0-enabled computer. The compact adapter connects to a USB 3.0 port on a computer and provides an RJ-45 port for connection to the Internet or LAN for sharing and accessing files at data-transfer rates of up to 1Gbps. It is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 and supports Wake-on-LAN.
The four-port USB 3 Hub and the USB 3 Gigabit Adapter are available for $59 and $49, respectively.
Tech21 Debuts Mesh iPhone Case
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Tech21 announced that its iPhone 5 Impact Mesh case is now available in Apple retail stores and on Apple.com.
All of Tech21’s cases incorporate an advanced polymer called D30 that absorbs and disperses impact at the molecular level to provide maximum protection without adding bulk, the company said.
The iPhone 5 Impact Mesh is available in store and at Apple’s website for $34.95. Tech21’s cases can also be purchased on the company’s website at Impactology.com.
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