Monthly Archives: October 2009

HyperMac: Extra Long Battery Life for Apple MacBooks, iPods and iPhones

Like most people I cruise the ‘net looking for cool, new products.  I found two that looked interesting over at HyperShop.com — an external battery that greatly extends the battery life of Mac Laptops, iPods and iPhones and an incredibly efficient and safe car/boat/airline/solar panel adapter.  I sent them a note to see if they’d send me an evaluation, and they sent me a HyperMac MBP-150, which I dutifully charged-up and tried out, as well as their HyperMac Pure DC Car Charger for Apple MacBook.

Wow.  What a lifechanger — something I’ve never said before, at least when it comes to a computer accessory.  Kids are another matter entirely :-)  Definitely a lifechanger.

This external battery fits quite nicely into my briefcase and powers my MacBook Pro 15″ for more than 13 hours!  That means I can go a whole day of using my Laptop without ever having to plug it in.  I never have to worry about going to a meeting, working at Panera or watching the kids play sports.  I always have all the power I need.

I even have it powering my iPod, my cell phone (which I use for Internet access) and my Laptop at the same time.

As I said, a lifechanger.

From their website: “HyperMac is the ONLY external battery and car charger solution that works with ALL MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (supports dual voltage) [models]. Available in 4 different sizes (60~222Wh), the HyperMac battery also powers the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and all other USB devices.”

HyperMac even sells a very well-designed car adapter, which lets you run your Laptop off any standard 12V power source.  That means that you don’t have to use the external battery in your car, RV, boat, on some airplanes and even via Solar Cells!  I had bought the DC adapter that Apple sells, and this HyperMac adapter is the one Apple should be selling.

- Safer than power inverters as you aren’t running the voltage up to 110VAC, which can present a real health hazard
- Almost twice as efficient as inverters, it’s 92% efficient, saving you $$ in the long-run.
- Cleaner power signal important for high fidelity performance means fewer problems with your Laptop, iPhone/iPod or other accessories
- Half the size of any inverter and power adapter combinations

This small and highly-functional adapter is a true winner.

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The Best Flashlight I’ve Ever Seen or Used

I just found the best flashlight I’ve ever used, or even seen before.  Although its marketed to police and other emergency services by 511Tactical.com, this flashlight fits my lifestyle extremely well — and it may fit yours.  It’s got the quickest charge I’ve ever seen, the longest lifetime ever (100 years+) and is one of the more versatile and brightest flashlights I’ve ever used.

Some key features:

  • 90 seconds to full charge
  • runs for 120 minutes on a charge
  • 1/2 the weight of other flashlights I’ve used
  • lasts a lifetime – 50,000 charge/discharge cycles (you read that right!)  That’s a charge a day for 135 years!
  • powered by three extremely bright LEDs that will last for 24 years when used 40 hours per week

The 135-year lifetime claim rings some alarms with me.  Running companies and helping with marketing for hundreds of them has got me a little jaded.  Ever read “All Marketers are Liars” by Seth Godin?  Let me put it this way: This company doesn’t lie.

The flashlight is using some of the most current technologies available, including LED “bulbs” and quick-charge capacitors in place of batteries.  This gives them the amazing charge time, the reasonable life-per-charge (about 2 hours of use) and the incredible lifetime estimates for the flashlight.

The flashlight comes with a 12 volt car adapter and you can keep it plugged in 24X7 so that it’s ready when you need it.  Remember, it’s aimed at emergency services personnel (how I could have used this flashlight when I was an EMT) — but still, I’d like to see it come with a 110VAC-based charger.  It’s easy enough, though, to keep the charger in the car where it’s meant to be used.

We’ll be giving away one of their flashlights soon, so keep an eye on our email subscribers list to find out when and where.

Speaking of marketing, the company started out providing clothing and accessories for rock climbers and took its name, 511Tactical, from that sport.  I’m also trying out a pair of pants and a shirt that are as rugged as the day is long and are even comfortable!  Just like 511Tactical’s flashlight the pants and shirt they sent along to try live up to every bit of “hype” surrounding them.

Great job guys!

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Give-Away This Friday on Charlie Sherman Show

Each Friday, I’m on with Charlie Sherman from about 8:15am ’till 9am talking about technology that’s in the news. This Friday, we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate that will help you organize your home and garage for the Fall and Winter.

A couple of months ago I was at the local Lowe’s store and came across a garage organization system in the back that looked interesting, so I decided to find out more. We contacted Garage Works and had them on the show, talked about their products and they gave us this gift certificate to give away.

A quick note about them:

“Organizing your garage for fall & winter storage — golf clubs, bicycles, rollerblades, tennis rackets, lawnmowers all need to be put away and organized so you can find your skis, snowboards, snowblowers etc… Simplify your life and enjoy your activities by making it easy to find all your equipment readily. With Garage Works it is easy to have a place for everything!

“Gladiator® GarageWorks is the leader in garage organization delivering innovative solutions that allow garage owners to organize their space in a way that suits their individual storage needs. It is the only garage organization system to offer coordinated appliances designed for the harsh garage environment.

“Gladiator® GarageWorks offers a Premier pre-assembled line and Ready-to-Assemble line for do-it-yourselfers. Products are available through local garage dealers, retailers including Sears and Lowe’s or via www.GladiatorGW.com.”

Talk with you soon,

Craig.

PS This weekend’s show is a repeat about energy — how to save it and where it’s going to be coming from.

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