A Candle-Powered Speaker Keeps Playing Even When the Power's Out

Using a scientific phenomenon known as the Peltier-Seebeck or thermoelectric effect, where a voltage is produced via a device with contrasting temperatures, this Bluetooth speaker called the Pelty can run on nothing but burning candles. So the next time you lose power during a brownout, you'll have both light and… » 6/24/14 6:00pm 6/24/14 6:00pm

A Stylish Power Strip You Won't Want To Hide Under a Table

When was the last time you bought a power strip based on looks? Never, because they all focus on functionality at the cost of being an eyesore. Thankfully, David Okum has applied his wonderful design sensibilities to yet another mundane household product, with a power strip called the Oon that you'll never want to… » 6/11/14 1:20pm 6/11/14 1:20pm

Recharging This Backup Battery Takes As Little As 15 Minutes

A backup battery can be a lifesaver if your phone is on the brink of dying—but only if it isn't dead as well. External power packs can usually take hours to charge depending on their capacity, but UNU claims its new Ultrapak GO and TOUR batteries can be charged enough to top off a smartphone in just fifteen minutes. » 6/10/14 4:20pm 6/10/14 4:20pm

Flexible Battery Straps Could Double a Smartwatch's Runtime

At Computex 2014, the folks over at Engadget stumbled across a clever solution to the battery life woes that have plagued smartwatches for years now. A company called ProLogium has developed a flexible lithium ceramic battery that can be shaped and worn like a watchband, adding an extra 500 mAh of power which means… » 6/04/14 9:07am 6/04/14 9:07am

How Obama's Power Plant Regulations Will Transform Our Electric Grid

President Obama and the EPA have just taken their biggest and boldest step ever to fight climate change. The Clean Power Plan, unveiled by the EPA today, is far more important than the Keystone XL pipeline—if also far less sexy to slap on a poster. But these carbon-cutting regulations have the potential to transform… » 6/02/14 3:12pm 6/02/14 3:12pm

This Tower Of Power Gives You 40 USB Ports For Charging Everything

It started off as a more elegant (and faster) alternative to parallel and SCSI computer ports, but now that USB can even be used to charge everything from phones to cameras, there never seem to be enough of them. It's, admittedly, a first world problem, but one that's now thankfully solved with this plug-in tower that… » 5/19/14 10:09am 5/19/14 10:09am

Truck transported on a ropeway going up a 5,400-foot mountain

Linthal 2015 is one of the most fascinating power projects going on in the world right now. When finished, this 2.35-billion-dollar pumped storage system will be able to generate as much power as a nuclear power plant—1,480 MW. The only problem is that there are no roads connecting the construction sites, so they have… » 5/15/14 7:29pm 5/15/14 7:29pm

Use Your Favorite USB Keyboard On Your Phone With This Backup Battery

It can be hard to choose a backup battery when the market is as flooded as Bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases have become. Manufacturers are now finding ways to include added value with their emergency power supplies, like Cerevo's new EneBrick that can turn your favorite USB keyboard into a wireless Bluetooth… » 4/01/14 3:40pm 4/01/14 3:40pm

Color Solar Panels Let Stained Glass Windows Produce Cheap Power

Because solar panels are designed to accumulate as much light from the sun as possible, they're typically very dark in color. It makes them more efficient, but also kind of an eyesore, minimizing their adoption. So researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what they believe to be the world's first… » 3/03/14 4:00pm 3/03/14 4:00pm

The world's largest solar plant is killing birds melting them with heat

The world's largest solar plant is awesome—unless you're a bird like the one in this image published by the corporation BrightSource Energy. This bird flew over the plant and was killed by its deadly heat levels, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (537C). Apparently, this was expected. » 2/18/14 11:38am 2/18/14 11:38am