Give the Gift of Battery Life with These Discounted Anker Power Packs

USB battery packs are my favorite generic holiday gift. They're useful to literally everyone, they offer a tremendous amount of utility for a modest amount of money, and it still seems like most non-nerds aren't fully aware that they exist. If you have anyone on your shopping list that could use one, here's a great… » 12/17/14 4:46pm Wednesday 4:46pm

Your Cable Box Is an Energy-Sucking Monster (But It Doesn't Have to Be)

An innocent little cable box can suck up more electricity than your actual TV. The most galling part though? Up to two-thirds of its power-hogging actually happens in "idle" mode, when you're not even using it. The good news is, device makers have the technical ability to make cable boxes that don't waste so much… » 12/03/14 12:00pm 12/03/14 12:00pm

Start (Or Expand) Your Eneloop Collection on the Cheap Today

If anything in your house runs on batteries, you owe it to yourself to buy some Eneloops. They won your recommendation for best rechargeables, and the voting wasn't even close, so whether you're starting your collection, or just adding some spares, we've got some great deals for you today. » 11/06/14 9:46am 11/06/14 9:46am

The Best Battery Charger

Taking as many votes as the other four contenders combined, La Crosse takes home your nod as the best battery charger. You praised it for its versatility, ease of use, wide range of options, and features like the ability to refresh lost capacity in your batteries. [La Crosse BC1000] » 11/03/14 3:18pm 11/03/14 3:18pm

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Unsurprisingly, Eneloops dominated the best rechargeable battery voting, taking almost 80% of the vote as of this writing. The Eneloop line has an incredible reputation, and garnered huge numbers of positive anecdotes from our readers. In addition to the winning AAs, Eneloop offers AAAs, chargers, and C and D spacers. » 10/23/14 2:45pm 10/23/14 2:45pm

The World's Biggest and Best Gas Turbine Can Power 400,000 Homes

If you thought the GE90 aircraft engine was a masterpiece of modern engineering, just get a load of this beauty. General Electric's 9HA is the most advanced and efficient gas turbine available today and though it may not be able to lift a 787 off the ground, this potent electricity producer can easily power a mid-size… » 10/03/14 11:40am 10/03/14 11:40am

Disney USB Chargers Make Outlets Fun, Which, Uh… Guys?

For those us without kids, these Disney-themed USB chargers seem like an adorable way to replace the adapters that came with our smartphones. But to anyone with a toddler roaming the house, exploring every last nook and cranny, they also serve as an engraved invitation to start playing with power outlets. » 9/30/14 9:23am 9/30/14 9:23am

Your Next Laptop Could Have the Holy Grail of USB Ports

In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won't understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because… » 9/22/14 4:30pm 9/22/14 4:30pm