Tag Archive: battery

Jun 24 2013

Panasonic AX2 Business Rugged Convertible Ultrabook Unboxing

The unboxing videos keep on rolling! So far in the last week I’ve been very lucky to unbox: the Panasonic HC-X920M 3D camcorder, the Pebble smartwatch, the Ouya Android-based console. This time around, we get back into mainstream computing with an ultrabook from Panasonic that you probably haven’t seen in the shops. Panasonic isn’t well …

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Jan 21 2013

Forcing the Battery Saver on Windows Phone 8

Here’s another quick tip for Windows Phone 8. If you know you’re going to be a while before you are anywhere near a charger you may want to preemptively put your Windows Phone 8 handset into battery saver mode. Normally, this kicks in automatically when battery charge drains to 20% which may be too late …

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Aug 19 2012

Nyko Power Grip Recharging Problems

A while ago I noticed a comment on my YouTube channel about problems regarding issues experienced with the Nyko Power Grip for the Nintendo 3DS. I’ve been evaluating this over the last couple of months and while I haven’t noticed  much in the way of degradation of the battery I did run into an odd …

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Jul 31 2012

Noise-Cancelling Headphones and a Lack of Audio Output

The obvious joke that you could take away from reading the title would be that your noise cancelling headphones might be working too well and are blocking everything including the audio you want to hear – trust me that this isn’t the case for this article 🙂 Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones do require power to …

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Jul 25 2012

Recent Drop in Samsung Galaxy S III Battery Life

I just wanted to share an observation regarding my Samsung Galaxy S III. Normally, I don’t leave my phone on the charger overnight (and maybe I should start doing so) but recently I have noticed that battery life has taken a significant hit to the point that I am left with little or no battery …

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Jun 15 2012

Optimise Battery Life for Smartphones with AMOLED Screens

Here’s a quick tip. If your phone has an AMOLED screen (as opposed to an LCD screen) it’s worth knowing how these displays work. In a nutshell, LCD screens rely on a backlight and a liquid crystal matrix in front of it which blocks certain colours and allows other colours through. Power usage will be …

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May 21 2012

Nyko Power Grip Unboxing and Preview

As promised, I am posting the unboxing video of the Nyko Power Grip which is an extended battery of sorts for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s not like regular extended batteries which end up replacing the internal battery inside the device but rather it complements the existing internal battery. Installation is literally a snap by angling …

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May 16 2012

Incoming Gadget – Nyko Power Grip

Just a quick note for tonight. Continuing on with the steady trickle of gadgets I’ve been receiving lately, I have a Nyko Power Grip on its way. In a nutshell, this is a pseudo-extended battery of sorts (I’ll explain why in the unboxing video). The battery life has been bugging me a little on the …

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May 07 2012

How to Replace a UPS Battery

As much as we love a good UPS to look after our precious electronic gear in the event of power surges, sags and blackouts there comes a time when it’s important innards, specifically its batteries, eventually wear out and can do no more to protect us. This occurs naturally with any sort of battery and …

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Apr 18 2012

My Computer Switches Off When Switching to UPS

Here’s a tip for those of you with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or thinking of getting one. Today, while I was working from home, there was a short dip in the power but long enough to trip the UPS and have it switch to its internal battery to power the connected equipment until the …

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