Hey everyone. This week’s video is about batteries again, but I’ve decided to do something a little bit different this time. Something exciting. Something dangerous!
I though I’d see what happens when you put batteries in the WRONG WAY ROUND. Will there be a fire? An explosion? Some leaking chemicals? A matter/anti-matter detonation that rips a hole in the space/time continuum?
How do the PIFCO batteries perform? Is buying 16 PIFCO zinc carbon batteries for £1 financial suicide, or can they run a torch? And what about the holy grail of battery power tests – can they power up a digital camera?
There’s only one way to find out. Get some PIFCO batteries from the pound shop, get some things that take the same size of batteries, then record a video of the results for the internet. Here is that video.
Sadly, Tech Digest’s battery correspondent isn’t at CES this year, so it’s fallen to me to ferret out the latest in AA energy technology. It’s called NoPoPo, which stands for Non Pollution Power. Japanese firm Aqua Power System is behind it.
Gary Cutlack’s second video here on Tech Digest, and this week he’s looking at Powerex rechargeable batteries. Anyone that’s a fan of his work over at Idiot Toys would be familiar with his battery obsession, and his numerous ‘Battery Weeks’ which seem…
– Citizens of Lund, Sweden, must choose between Vista and internet access due to a bug there (The Inquirer)
– Close to 100% of downloaded music in China is illegally obtained (Business Week)…
Someone get Gary, the Idiot Toys battery aficionado on the phone stat! We have some awful news about batteries that will probably render him useless to update his various sites for at least the next three days.
A Japanese researcher is claiming that lithium-ion batteries are dangerous, and not made well enough for the heavy-duty tasks they’re meant to perform. Masataka Wakihara, of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is calling for a change in design…
The Zen Design Group is to launch a range of children’s toys which feature LEDs powered by a hand crank that the child operates to provide power to the rechargeable batteries.
SEE Toys (Safety, Ecology, and Economy) include Dynafly, a laughing bug which moves its arms and head and whose eyes and tail light up with LEDs when the crank is turned.
“I wasn’t trying to be trendy,” said company president, Sun Yu. “I looked at my product line one day and thought about how nice it would be to not have to replace and purchase batteries. The product I wanted to make just fit into the times.”
The USBCELLs aren’t cheap but will probably pay for themselves in the long run and they are environmentally friendly to boot. The performance is way beyond what I would have expected and proves that the USBCELL technology is far from a gimmick, instead providing a seriously practical alternative to having piles of cheap alkaline batteries.