This year’s show is a clean break from the past, with plenty of kewel stuff to noodle with, lots of knowledge to be absorbed, and lots of old friends to meet and greet.
Let’s start with more power, Scotty! Extra power for your portables is definitely in demand, and Santom’s Dexim Visible Green Smart Charger was pulling in crowds. The Visible Green is a mains–powered critter that shuts itself down when your iItem is fully charged. Its name refers to a novel and mesmerizing charge indicator feature. Also playing in the power arena is Technocel, with its PowerPak, a smart, compact 1600 mAh, mains–charged outboard battery pack.
The folks at INOITULOS are showing a new member of their IDAPT family that’s not shipping yet. A comprehensive portable package, the company's universal charging system plugs in to home or car to keep all your gadgets juiced. Not to be outdone, TruePower is showing its TruePower iV Pro snap–on battery pack for iPhones, with a generous 3100 mAh capacity, an extra USB port, and a brilliant white LED on the back for photos or, to light up The Dark. Last but not least in my lust for power (products) is a mention of the U-Socket from Fastmac. They’re showing a new revision of their wacky wall outlet with a difference…two actually. This replacement for a standard two receptacle outlet has two USB power connectors next to the mains spigots, obviating the need for wall warts!
OK, I can’t get past this power thing…Sun power solutions have been incrementally improving over the years and, a couple of products in particular caught my attention. The folks at Solar Components are showing their most excellent JOOS Orange, a weatherproof photovoltaic panel integrated with a massive 5400 mAh lithium ion batter pack. Santom also had a sun–savvy product, their Dexim P-Flip Solar, a folding 2000 mAh solar–charging battery and dock.