CES 2013 CoverageBosco - January 9, 2013
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The famed (and very useful) Kill A Watt meter has finally gotten an upgrade! P3 International showed up with the new Kill A Watt Edge power meter that no longer requires you to climb under your desk to see your current power consumption or energy savings. The new model is targeted at the $50 range and features a 4.6 foot extension for the display that allows you to place it on your desk to monitor power usage easily. Another long awaited feature is the ability to keep track of your peak power consumption so you will no longer have to stare at the display to find the highest value.
Brookstone unveiled a nifty little device that it claims can run your mobile devices for two weeks without plugging in. Named the Nectar, this portable power unit sports a USB port that can supply 500 milliamps of current to keep your devices topped off when away from conventional power sources. Brookstone does have a higher-current version in the works, but it currently has no information on availability or cost. The heart of the Nectar charger is a small fuel cell roughly the size of a C-cell battery. These cells are charged with butane (like a lighter) and produce power by filtering that butane through a small silicon power converter. There's nothing burning inside to produce heat or flame so it can be safely used anywhere. The FAA has even signed off on the Nectar for carry-on luggage! The small fuel cells are priced at a reasonably comfortable $10 each and should provide 10-14 full charges for typical mobile phones. The actual unit itself (which does come with a single fuel cell to start) will set you back a bit more at $300.