Archive for September, 2010


Apple’s Discontinuation of Free iPhone 4 Case Raises Questions, Rumors

The free iPhone 4 bumper was a quick fix to “Antennagate.” But now that Apple is giving up on the program, what does that mean for iPhone users in the near future?

If you go back to July 16th, 2010, when Steve Jobs both praised the iPhone 4 and simultaneously admitted that it had a design flaw with its antenna, you’ll see a moddled and confusing public relations pattern with Apple and its “problem child” iPhone. From the beginning, Apple has struggled to control the message surrounding the newest iteration of its groundbreaking smartphone: as soon as the iPhone 4 prototype got out into the open, the PR and marketing arm of the world’s most ingenious technology company has had to play catch-up with the blistering criticism of the tech media ever since.

Inasmuch as the free iPhone 4 bumper programme was seen as a crude workaround unworthy of such a high performance piece of technology like the iPhone, it was indeed an “ugly but efficient” solution to the problem. However, now that Apple is abandoning its iPhone 4 case programme — after only 75 days in operation — what can be deduced from this new chapter in the iPhone 4 saga?

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Does The Lower 1.2 Voltage in Rechargeable Batteries Provide Less Power Than Alkalines?

Although rechargeable batteries‘ 1.2 volts are lower than the 1.5 volts of alkalines, you need not worry about it affecting your gadgets’ performance.

In the world of rechargeable batteries, there is a healthy helping of skepticism and ignorance when it comes to all of the numbers and ratings associated with NiMH rechargeable battery technology. Voltage, the dreaded “voltage depression,” and mAh (milliampere-hour)¬†ratings are all new technological considerations for consumers who up until very recently had nothing more to worry about when it came to batteries other than having to replace them when they went dead.

But as people become more and more educated on rechargeable batteries, this new knowledge often leads to new questions as well. A recent string of skepticism has arisen regarding the output voltage of rechargeable batteries, and how it compares with disposable alkaline batteries: while alkaline batteries output 1.5 volts of power, NiMH rechargeable batteries only manage 1.2 volts of power output. So, the question is, will that lack of .3v in rechargeable batteries negatively impact the performance of electronics?

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New Sanyo Eneloop Bike Joins Growing List of Quirky Accessories

Since the acquisition of Sanyo Eneloop by Panasonic, the rechargeable batteries brand has been venturing into new products areas. But is this a good idea?

Rechargeable batteries are indeed great inventions: anytime you can buy something that is bound to last for a very, very long and ive you tons of quality and performance, then you’ve really found something. But there’s one problem with the rechargeable batteries: if you’re the company that makes them, you’re not going to sell nearly as many batteries in the long run as Duracell or Energizer.

Perhaps this is why Sanyo Eneloop has been expanding their product offerings to include a host of new gadgets and gizmos that utilize their industry-leading rechargeable batteries. We recently reported on Sanyo Eneloop’s innovative stick booster, which uses two AA rechargeable batteries to give a quick, sustained boost to any mobile gadget that has a drained battery. While it is not the first of its kind, Sanyo eneloop’s stick booster is proving to be a worthy accessory to the rechargeable batteries market.

However, some of the newer accessories that Sanyo Eneloop is producing are a bit more unusual.

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Sanyo Eneloop Stick Booster Brings AA Rechargeable Battery Power To Mobile Gadgets

Sanyo Eneloop’s new stick booster is a new take on the standard ideas of what a battery charger is, letting the lowly AA rechargeable battery boost any mobile device with a dying battery.

In the world of batteries, there is nothing more ubiquitous than the AA battery. Although I have no quantitative data to back it up, the vast majority of battery powered devices in the world today take AA batteries. Even many C and D batteries are nothing more than AA batteries that have been “repackaged” into one larger cell. While Lithium Ion battery packs are certainly more sophisticated and offer a longer lasting charge, there is nothing more straightforward than AA rechargeable batteries.

Sanyo Eneloop knows this well, since they are the clear product leaders in the rechargeable batteries market.

Their newest offering, the Stick Booster, allows gadget users to wield the power of the AA rechargeable battery in order to give a quick, albeit temporary boost to the gadget of their choice.

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