power supply

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    7 off-the-grid chargers for your portable devices

    Posted March 5, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    During the several months that it took to work on this article, the city I live in suffered severe flooding and a record-setting ice storm, each of which left me without power for several days, giving me ample opportunity to test many of the devices in settings that were uncomfortably realistic.
  • How to pick the best PC power supply

    Posted February 9, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Power supplies are a frequently misunderstood--and overlooked--PC component. Many users choose a power supply based on total wattage alone, assuming that higher is always synonymous with better. Others pay no attention to their PSU selection at all, and settle for whatever abomination arrived with their machine. But considering how important a good power supply is to a system's stability and long-term reliability, it's a shame that PSUs get so little attention in comparison to sexier components like graphics cards and SSDs.
  • Eaton touts open-source SDK as a boon to power management

    Posted April 5, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    UPS supplier Eaton has released a new open-source software development kit aimed at providing better accessibility and flexibility to users of its power management products.
  • Green plug debuts tech for smart, sleek power supplies

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    The move toward smarter power supplies took a step forward as Green Plug announced its Green Power Processor on Wednesday at CES. The system-on-chip technology is built to enable devices and power adapters to talk to each other.
  • How to change your PC's power supply

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Messing with things that can possibly electrocute you can only boost your geek credibility -- and will help you keep commodity servers running longer to boot. This video offers a good basic step-by-step set of instructions.
  • Is my power supply powerful enough?

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 9:57 am

    Power supply calculator web sites, usually free, let you select components, then calculate the total. One problem with all of them: They don't list every component under the sun. Here's the lowdown on 3 such calculators.
  • Solar power solution for modern Apple laptops ships

    Posted July 28, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    QuickerTek has introduced a new model Apple Juicz solar charger for the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  • Essential Gear for the Business Traveler, Part 1

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    As I mentioned last week, I recently tried limiting myself to just one carry-on bag when flying. I couldn't do it--and frankly, I don't recommend the practice. However, the exercise prompted me to re-evaluate all the gear and related accessories I normally pack. Here are two items that will continue to make the cut. Next week: three more, plus one just-for-fun accessory.
  • Support grows for universal power adapter

    Posted June 17, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    A technology that could help the environment by eliminating the need to ship a power adapter with every electronics device got a vote of confidence Friday from consumer electronics maker Westinghouse Digital Electronics.

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