Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
…..The Joos Orange solar charger is the physical manifestation of simplicity. It’s rugged, easy to store and carry, and (most importantly) quick to bestow a watt or two whenever you need it. Simply choose the correct adapter (the Orange comes with seven of the most popular ones), plug in your depleted phone or DS into the charger and let the life-giving juice flow. Yep, that’s it. Weighing in at a pound-and-a-half, the Orange is roughly the same size and weight as an iPad —and arguably a lot more useful. It can be completely submersed in water, dropped, kicked, and, in general, take the worst abuse man or nature can dish out.
Nestled inside its durable polycarbonate shell is a super-efficient 5,400-milliamp-hour replaceable lithium-ion battery capable of holding its charge for years. In our tests, we managed to dole out four full charges to a completely depleted iPhone before the Orange needed a solar recharge. It even fully charged the notoriously fickle iPad. While PC owners will be able to download a standalone GUI for precise power metrics, the unit also has two LED status lights on the sides: one solar light (red) and other for the battery (green). When the Orange is running, the red light will blink rapidly to let you know you’re getting juiced. Similarly, the green light spits out one blink for every 20 percent of the battery that’s full. Four blinks and you know you have a battery that’s between 60 and 80 percent full. Even better: the Orange comes with a pair of attachable reflectors that help collect somewhere between 20-30 percent more power when affixed to both ends. No sun? No problem. While our test model wasn’t equipped to charge efficiently by USB, the folks at Solar Components assured us that production models can be refilled at the standard USB charging rate (500 milliamps at 5 volts or 2.5 watts).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Monday, November 5, 2007
Found this in last weekend’s FT magazine “How To Spend It”. Brought out the kid in me, this chopper…..Did get excited about the smooth curves on the Dreamvision Dreambee projector too – what to do, I’m a smooth curves kinda guy…..Guess when I have “It” I’ll know where to spend “It”…..
Friday, May 11, 2007
Looked at various options (including Suunto) but felt this (Casio pathfinder PAW1300-1V) was the best bang for the buck in the “sports watch” category. Ordered it on Amazon and it should be here any day now. Can’t wait. My wife is wondering why I need such a HUGE watch with such features. It’s the engineer in me – I need to know the exact altitude, barometric pressure and temperature of the environment I am in at all times. There is something indescribably cool about that. The clincher feature ? Definitely the fact that it is solar powered. I’m free !
- Atomic Timekeeping – split second accuracy…each day the watch receives a radio signal from the atomic transmitter in Fort Collins, Colorado….that signal resets the watch to the split second (also automatically adjusts to Daylight Savings Time and Leap Year changes).
- Tough Solar Power – never have to change your battery again…light enters the watch through the face and dial, and hits a solar cell beneath the dial.
- Digital Compass
- Barometer – predict changing weather patterns…it takes readings every two hours and stores them automatically…graphically displays the barometric pressure for the past 26 hours…display ranges from 260 to 1,100 hPa/mb (7.65 to 32.45 inHg) with changeovers from hPa to inHg (whatever the fu*k that means).
- Altimeter – checks and displays the altitude every two minutes, and stores readings with the temperature every 15 minutes…graphing function positions you with respect to your target altitude, while alarm alerts you as you approach your mark…record up to 40 sets of data with each record displaying the altitude, month, date and time. The measuring range is from -700 to 10,000 meters (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.).
- Thermometer – displays and checks the temperature every 5 minutes…ranges are from -10 to 60ºC (14 to 140ºF).