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The Best 18650 Batteries

by Justin Thomas •

In a Nutshell Our choice for the best 18650 battery is the Orbtronic cell. This battery has a high capacity (3100 mAh), and maintain their voltage until fully drained. A two-pack of these cells is available at Amazon for around $30. Also available are Panasonic 18650 cells, with a bit more capacity (3400 mAh). If you are looking for a …

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The Best 9V Rechargeable Battery

by Justin Thomas •

In A Nutshell The highest-capacity 9V rechargeable: Accupower’s 300 mAh 9 Volt Rechargeable NiMH Battery The best low-discharge 9V rechargeable: Tenergy Centura 9V 200mAh Low Self-Discharge NiMH Rechargeable Batteries The best lithium-ion 9V rechargeable: EBL 9V Lithium Ion Batteries The Details Low-self discharge 9v Ni-MH batteries have become available in the last few years. The “low-self discharge” label means these batteries …

The Best Rechargeable AA Batteries For Flash

by Justin Thomas •

In A Nutshell When recharging a camera flash, you need a battery capable of delivering a high amount of current in a short time. Ideally, you want the batteries with the highest rated capacity. The highest capacity rechargeable AA batteries are: Ansmann’s 2850 mAh batteries and Powerex’s 2700 mAh batteries. Of these two batteries, Powerex’s 2700 mAh gets the most positive reviews from photographers. It …

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The Best Ni-MH Battery Chargers

by Justin Thomas •

In A Nutshell The best Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery charger is a “smart charger” like the LaCrosse BC-700 Charger (sells for $36).  Smart chargers have circuitry to prevent overcharging and damaging your batteries. They also provide features that allow you to test and “renew” Ni-MH batteries. If you are looking for a charger that also charges C, D and 9V batteries, we …

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900 Lumen LED Bulb Released By G7 Power

by Justin Thomas •

A company called G7 has released a 900 lumen LED light bulb, which is selling for around $19. This warm white ( 3,000K) bulb runs on just 9W, and it is equivalent to a 65 watt incandescent bulb. It has a 75+ Color Rendering Index (CRI)  — quality household lights tend to have the CRI between 80 and 100.

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The Best Women’s Cruiser Bikes

by Justin Thomas •

Recently we featured men’s cruiser bicycles. Now let’s take a look at women’s cruiser bikes, which have become very popular in recent years. Nearly every major bike manufacturer now offers at least one cruiser model, if not an entire line. We feature some of the best looking bikes below, with an eye towards classic styling.

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Efficient Planes Good For Business; Gas Guzzlers Get Left Behind

by Benjamin Roman •

The airline industry is one of the nation’s biggest consumers of fuel – no surprise there – but new aircraft technology has dramatically improved planes’ fuel efficiency.  Besides drastically cutting carbon emissions, more efficient jetliners have proven critical for airlines’ financial bottom lines, and companies clinging to outdated technology are paying the price, as evidenced by this week’s American Airlines …

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Wind Lens Turbines Will Provide More, Cheaper Energy

by Benjamin Roman •

Wind Lens Turbines Will Provide More, Cheaper Energy

Wind turbines are one of the most promising sources of large-scale renewable power.  Wind power doesn’t produce any pollutants, and unlike water or fuel resources, wind is literally an endless source of energy.  However, wind farms do require a substantial amount of space, which is why a much more efficient design like the “Wind Lens” could make wind energy cheaper …

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Majority Of Americans Support Cleaner Energy: Yale Study

by Benjamin Roman •

According to a recent study conducted by Yale and George Mason Universities, most Americans are firmly behind the development and implementation of cleaner energy technologies.  The majority – across the political spectrum – would even support taxing carbon emissions to help reduce industrial pollution.

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Energy Efficient Upgrades That Pay For Themselves

by Benjamin Roman •

Home improvement can pay for itself, and even put cash back in your pocket – if you’re putting your money in the right places.  Renovations that increase your home’s energy efficiency aren’t just nice for the environment, they can be economical as well.  The folks at One Block Off The Grid offer a great guide to help you sort out …