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How Many Solar Panels Could Power the World?

How Many Solar Panels Could Power the World?

Solar energy is out there for the taking, but is it really free? Wren from Corridor Crew digs into the realities of generating power from various energy sources, and illustrates the number of solar panels and space we’d need to replace dangerous fossil fuels with clean solar energy.

EcoFlow RIVER Portable Power Station

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Keep your campsite running with this powerful and portable battery pack. With a capacity of 288Wh, it charges gadgets quickly, and its three AC outlets can power tools and household appliances. It has three USB-A ports, including one with fast charge, one USB-C 100W port, a 12VDC port, and built-in emergency light.

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Cassie Runs a 5K

Cassie Runs a 5K

A while back, we met a funny-looking robot known as Cassie. Developed by the OSU Dynamic Robotics Laboratory and Agility Robotics, the bipedal robot can walk and run ostrich-style. Her human masters have now figured out a way for Cassie to run a 5K on a single charge. The research could lead to improved efficiency for delivery robots.

HomePower ONE Backup Battery Power Station

Be prepared for power outages with this 1000W battery backup unit. It has three 110V AC outlets, two USB-C ports with PD 18W, one USB-A port with 5V/2.4A, one USB-A w/Quick Charge 3.0, and one 12V/10A car outlet. It’s capable of running some devices for up to seven days. Save an extra 15% through 8.4.21 with code ANNUAL15.

Buster + Punch Electrical

Buster + Punch Electrical
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Home decor company Buster + Punch brings sophistication to spaces through little details. Their electrical collection includes modern light switches, dimmers, outlets, USB chargers, and wall plates in smoked bronze, brass, steel, and more. They’re not cheap, but they definitely make a statement.

Stanley FatMax Power Claw

Stanley FatMax Power Claw

Stanley’s unique power strip is built into an industrial strength, spring-loaded clamp with rubberized claws. The design means you can securely place outlets without worry that they will shift when moving your power tool cords. It only has three outlets though, and you’ll still need an extension cord to reach your wall outlet.

Anker PowerHouse II Power Stations

Anker PowerHouse II Power Stations

Anker’s portable power stations are ready to juice up gadgets numerous times, so they’re great for extended camping trips and location shoots. They come with multiple USB-C, USB-A, and 12VDC ports, as well as one or two AC outlets. They come in 300W/388.8Wh and 500W/777Wh models that charge 8 or 11 devices, respectively.

Powering a Home on Laptop Batteries

Powering a Home on Laptop Batteries

Most homes get power from utility companies, which can be costly and negatively impact the environment. VICE Impact introduces us to Jehu Garcia, an electronics enthusiast who has built a DIY powerwall – an off-grid installation of recycled lithium-ion batteries that stores solar energy and power his home.

GoSun Chill Cooler

This cooler keeps drinks cold without ice. Its refrigerated compartment can be powered by the included battery pack, an AC adapter, 12V cord, or an optional solar panel that comes built into a folding metal table. The included 144Wh PowerBank+ battery can also charge mobile gadgets. Save 15% in The Awesomer Shop

Building a Giant Battery Pack

Building a Giant Battery Pack

The Q was looking for a way to power his plug-in gadgets while away from home. While he could have just bought a ready-made power pack, he decided to build his own, wiring together dozens of 18650 batteries, then connecting an inverter to convert the DC power into AC.

Kasa Smart Power Strip

Kasa Smart Power Strip
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Remotely control appliances, lamps, and other plug-in items with Kasa Smart’s WiFi enabled power strip. It has three independently-controllable outlets, two always-on USB ports, and surge protection. Its app lets you remotely control and schedule outlets, and it works with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.

Flash Mobile Power Bank

Flash Mobile Power Bank

This portable 20,000mAh power bank cranks out a total of 150-watts, and includes a 100-watt USB-C port for charging laptops. It can charge up to four gadgets at once, and claims exceptional speed, low temperatures, and long life thanks to its Tesla-sourced graphene batteries. It also has a wireless charging pad.

Insane Water Flow

Insane Water Flow

In this scene from the Discovery UK show Richard Hammond’s Big, the Hamster visits the Verbund Hydro Power plant in Austria. Watch as he gets up close and personal with the massive stream of water coursing out of the bottom of a hydroelectric dam, where more than 5000 gallons of water gush out per second.

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Starting a Nuclear Reactor

Starting a Nuclear Reactor

There’s no question that nuclear power can be dangerous – especially when something goes wrong – but it’s still pretty amazing that something so small can generate so much energy. This compilation from Top Fives demonstrates the imposing sound and light show that occurs when starting up a reactor.

Jackery Explorer 160 Power Station

Jackery Explorer 160 Power Station
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This high-capacity power storage unit stores up to 167Wh, making it perfect for juicing up all your gadgets while outdoors. It has USB-C, USB-A, 12V, and 110V AC (100w max) ports, and can be recharged via car, wall socket, or solar panel. Also available as a 240Wh model.

Chafon Battery Backup Unit

Chafon Battery Backup Unit
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Whether you’re camping or in an emergency situation, this portable power unit has your back. It’s got 3 110VAC outlets, 4 12VDC ports, 4 USB ports, and can even jumpstart your car. Its 346wh lithium-ion battery is enough to recharge a phone 30 times, or run a 32″ TV for 5 hours.

Charlie Outlet

Charlie Outlet
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Get more use out of your limited outlets with this unique triangular accessory. It replaces a single wall outlet with three angled outlets big enough for AC adapters, and provides a whopping NINE USB ports. It also doubles as a LED night light and offers surge protection.

Poweradd ChargerCenter

Poweradd ChargerCenter
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Mother nature can knock out our power and leave you without access to your electronics. Keep this high capacity 50000mAh battery pack charged up and at the ready, and you can recharge your phone up to 16 times, or run other small items on its 110V AC or 12V DC car sockets.

Could Batteries Power The World?

Could Batteries Power The World?

There’s more demand to move away from fossil fuels and towards electric power than ever. MinutePhysics and Real Engineering teamed up to explore some of the challenges of using batteries to power everything, and the theoretical limitations of battery tech.

Overpowering a Radiator Fan

Overpowering a Radiator Fan

The guys at Photonicinduction like to apply way too much current to items. In their latest experiment, they overpowered the electric fan from a car’s radiator, turning it into an impromptu drone before its motor ultimately met its maker.

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Roomscale Wireless Power

Roomscale Wireless Power

Scientists from Disney Research are working on tech which uses something called “quasistatic cavity resonance” to emit magnetic fields that can safely deliver up to 1900 watts of wireless power to devices placed anywhere in a room. It’s still in its infancy, but the result is awesome.

Powering a Lantern Festival

Powering a Lantern Festival

CAT’s #BuiltForIT trials put their down their Jenga blocks for a minute and did something really cool to show off their gear, powering a massive lantern festival in a remote Chinese village using just a single one of their generators.

Pop-out Outlet

Pop-out Outlet

Made by Legrand, the Adorne Pop-Out Outlet is a replacement for the traditional wall socket. It gives you a three-socket cube that stays flush with its cover until you need it. Just give it a slight push and it pops out.

Share-A-Watt

Share-A-Watt
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A travel-friendly power strip that measures only 7.75″ x 2.25″ x 1.125″ and weighs less than half a pound. It has two grounded AC outlets and 2 USB ports and has built-in surge protection.

Power Pod

Power Pod
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A power strip that you wouldn’t mind leaving out in the open to be seen, the elegantly designed Power Pod is also a storage tray, making it useful even when you don’t have anything to plug in.

blueLounge CableBox Mini

blueLounge CableBox Mini
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A small bin where you can place your cables, surge protectors or power strips. You’ll still have tangled cables, the trick is that they’ll be neatly hidden. It even comes with a 4-outlet surge protector.

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