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The PowerPot V, the Perfect Way to Charge Your Gadgets Outdoors

Posted on 28 January 2014

One of the main concerns with camping or any outdoor activities is charging your phone or device. We have grown so attached to our devices that we simply can’t do without them. We can always carry a charger or a USB cable in our pockets to charge the device, but what if there is no electrical socket available?

The answer to this concern is PowerPot V. This is an innovative means of charging your device on the go. The best part, the device itself doesn’t require charging and you won’t need any electrical outputs. All you need is water and fire.

The PowerPot V uses a revolutionary technology which converts heat energy into electrical energy. The device itself looks like a regular pot for boiling water. However, the wires at the side will give you a good idea of its capabilities. If you are ever in a place that doesn’t have electricity around, you can charge your device using the PowerPot V.

All you have to do is simply fill the PowerPot V with water and set it over a fire. The heat generated by the boiling water will be converted into electrical energy and charge your device. The PowerPot V doesn’t just work with fires, you can also use it with an induction cooker. The aim is to boil the water and an electric current will be generated.

The PowerPot V has a UBS output. It generates up to 5 Volts and 1 ampere. This output is enough to charge a media tablet, cell phone or an MP3 player. It also comes with USB cables which fit most devices. The handle of the PowerPot V is flame-resistant and so are the chords.

The PowerPot V is available for $149 which is quite reasonable. You will however, need to be careful when using the PowerPot. All in all, the PowerPot V is a great device. If you are an outdoor person, it is a must have.

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The Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker – a TDK A33 Review

Posted on 17 January 2014

p>Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. It is a great way of listening to the playlist on your phone out loud. However, most Bluetooth speakers available in the market have their limitations. For instance there is always the risk of damaging your speakers at the beach or by the pool.

TDK has come up with a revolutionary concept for portable Bluetooth speakers. Their latest speaker, the TDK Life on Record A33 is weatherproof. Let’s look at the TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker in detail.

The design of the TDK Life on Record A33 is very appealing. It is simple, yet elegant. The buttons are located towards the top of the speaker for easy access. The buttons are all quite prominent and backlit with LED lights. So you can easily use your TDK Life on Record A33 even if it there is little or no light to see the buttons. However, there is one drawback.

The TDK Life on Record A33 lacks a button to play/pause the music. It also lacks the track skipping buttons. This means you’ll have to control the music from your media device. But the sound of the speakers is quite good for a Bluetooth speaker. It is equipped with two drivers, each of which is 1.5 inches in diameter.

For serious bass while playing tracks, the speaker is equipped with a 2.5 inch sub-woofer. The TDK Life on Record A33 is definitely resistant to spills, but it’s not water proof. So while it will certainly resist spills at the beach or by the pool, it won’t survive if you take it for a swim. The speaker also has a USB port that you can charge your device with. However, the speaker itself can only be charged using a regular plug in charger, it can’t charge directly via USB.

The TDK Life on Record A33 is available for $134.00 which is a decent price for the specifications. If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker which you can take anywhere, the TDK Life on Record A33 is for you.

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Latest Storm Warning Technology

Posted on 13 May 2013

With the technology advancing at a rapid pace, implementing it at the right place at the right time is another task. Each day bring new gadgets and devices or such updates in software that surmounts all previous releases proving more beneficial. Large organizations and departments such as telecommunication, software, education and others must keep themselves updated with the latest trends in technology in order to survive. The National Weather Center has been working for years to keep up with the latest technology that will help alert the people minutes or even half an hour before the storm actually hits specially in case of tornadoes.

After the success of Doppler radar in the 1990’s through which tornadoes were actually seen prior formation, established a web-based software to help prepare people in case of a sudden tornado outbreak. Whereas the recent trend of smartphones has brought the world at the palm of one’s hands, National Weather Service introduced a messaging system to warn people lest any weather related emergency arises.

Amendments are being made to the Doppler radar which the National Weather Service refers to as Dual-Polarization which can differentiate between hail and rain. Testing of the phase radar is also in progress to improve the forecasting of Tornadoes. This particular radar uses panels which are considered five times more powerful than a dish to measure the atmospheric volume.

Scientists has stated that these radars will predict tornadoes and hurricanes almost one or two weeks prior which is considered as one the most powerful and advance storm warning technology ever. Phase radars are integrated with multiple systems that can monitor defense, air traffic along with tracking weather anomalies.

The advancement in computer and IT itself has improved hurricane forecasting and storm paths but they lack to predict its intensity. According to the National Weather Center, this new technology will not only pre-warn people for the expected storm but can also buy them time to carry out all the safety measures.

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A Neverending Lightning Storm

Posted on 25 January 2008


You think Seattle has it bad. How about a lightning storm that lasts for 10 hours a day, 160 times a year.

This almost permanent storm occurs over the marshlands where the Catatumbo River feeds into Lake Maracaibo and it is considered the greatest single generator of ozone in the planet, judging from the intensity of the cloud-to-cloud discharge and great frequency. The area sees an estimated 1,176,000 electrical discharges per year, with an intensity of up to 400,000 amperes, and visible up to 400 km away. This is the reason why the storm is also known as the Maracaibo Beacon as light has been used for navigation by ships for ages.

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You Can’t Drive on Ice

Posted on 18 January 2007

Jay Leno played a partial clip of this video of cars sliding around on ice. There’s plenty more icy mayhem in the long version. It’s like watching bumper cars in slow motion, and perfect proof that nature can still kick your ass no matter of big of SUV you build. The video is from Poland so you’d think these drivers would have a concept of how slippery ice is, it’s not like it snowed in Arizona. Although if you visit Sun City where everyone is pushing 100 they pretty much drive that way already.

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Ice Storm Photos

Posted on 14 January 2007

These ice storm pictures are crazy. It would be pretty hard to come up with a description for the level of suck that comes along with having your car incased in ice. Probably the only thing worse would be if you were still in it. I’m not a genius, but I’m pretty sure your defroster isn’t going to cut it. Two more ice storm pictures after the jump.Street covered in iceVan in Ice Storm Continue Reading

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