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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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