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The Best iPod Car Stereos

by Benjamin Roman •

If you’re a music lover who spends a lot of time on the road, you don’t want to fumble with an iPod’s controls to enjoy your music. So what’s the solution? An iPod stereo receiver for the car. And there’s no need to break the bank – here are four of the best options available for under $150.

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The Best Wireless Earbuds For iPods

by Justin Thomas •

Wireless earbuds allow you to listen to an iPod or MP3 player without a tangle of cords. They are particularly useful for listening while you are engaged in sports. There are two types of wireless earbuds: those that transmit wirelessly via an iPod adapter, and those that attach directly to an iPod shuffle. Most of the transmitting wireless earbuds use the …

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The Best 12V Solar Battery Chargers

by Justin Thomas •

Sunforce Solar 12V Charger

Solar cells really shine at charging your batteries at remote location or on a boat. They are also useful for maintaining a charge on a 12V battery, such as a car battery. The best (and most expensive) solar battery chargers are flexible, thin-film solar cells. These cells can be folded and packed away easily. Sunforce Solar Battery Chargers You can …

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The PowerGorilla: Flexible Portable Power

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing a device that just been introduced called the PowerGorilla. It’s a portable power pack that acts an emergency back-up charger for your laptop computer other other electronic gadgets. The battery inside the PowerGorilla is a lithium-ion and weighs just 631 grams (1.4 pounds). The charger will give you an extra 2-5 hours of power, depending on your …

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LiFePO4 Batteries: A Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles

by Justin Thomas •

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Note: If you looking for AA-sized LifePO4, you can find them here. Soon, we’ll probably be seeing Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries being used in most electric cars and bikes. This new battery type is set to dominate the market. Based upon lithium ion technology, LiFePO4 batteries offer many advantages over lithium cobalt dioxide (LiCoO2) batteries which are commonly used …

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Bags Made With 95% Recycled Material

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing a new line of bags called Terraclime by Lowepro. I was impressed by the fact that 95% of the material used to make these bags is recycled content. The fabric is made with recycled PET bottles (i.e. post-consumer plastic). The hooks and zippers are made from plastic salvaged from the factory floor, and reground.

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Lithium-Powered Electric Car Now Available In U.K.

by Justin Thomas •

See our new review of Electric Cars In 2011 This month sees the launch of the Elettrica, the first production electric car on the UK market with the option of a lithium power supply. The car is said to provide almost twice the range of other small electric cars at 70 miles. Lithium-ion batteries are more commonly found in laptops …

Solar Powered 12 Volt Battery Charger

by Justin Thomas •

Solar powered 12 volt battery chargers are small solar panels that trickle charge your car’s battery while the sun is shining. Basically, the solar charger provides a small amount of power to the battery, so that if you leave your car’s door open you won’t be left with a dead battery. This reminds me: I’ve always wondered why cars don’t …

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The Best Studio Headphones: The Sennheiser HD-580

by Justin Thomas •

Update: This headphone is no longer being manufactured but the Sennheiser HD-555 is a comparable headphone for under $100. Ah, the Sennheiser HD-580 — this is one of the best rated headphones of the last 10 years. The Sennheiser HD-580 has been lauded by stereophile magazines for it stellar sound quality and durability. It’s a comfortable set of ‘phones with …

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ZEN Aurvana Earphones by Creative

by Justin Thomas •

Creative has released these ZEN Aurvana earphones, which are said to block out 90% of ambient noise. The $100 phones are apparently first being released in Singapore. But they should be available in the U.S. soon because they are already featured prominently on Creative’s site. The earphones weigh just 13g, making them the lightest in their class according to Creative, …