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You have a laptop, but when you are on the go its battery doesn’t last long enough. Have you ever wished you could have a battery that will allow you to run your portable computer without the need of a power outlet for 12, 16 or even 24 hours? Then Electrovaya PowerPad 160 is just the thing you need…

What is Electrovaya’s PowerPad?
Electrovaya PowerPad 160 is a kind of external rechargeable battery for notebook computers that can store 160 watt-hours of energy in a package less than 3/8″ (10mm) thin and having the same footprint as a standard laptop computer (weighting only 2.4lb or 1.1kg). It can run a laptop for up to 16 hours from a single charge. The pack is convenient to use with a universal cord with detachable connectors to fit most portable computers and can be easily stored away.

What is run time of the PowerPad 160
Electrovaya has tested the PowerPad 160 with simulation software and has achieved 16 hours of run-time, with the notebook’s Power Management set to its most efficient battery use. Our internal tests indicate that the PowerPad160 has approximately 160 watt-hours of energy capacity and enables users to run most laptops for 12 to 16 hours, compared to single batteries typically installed in portable computers, which generally have between 30-40 watt hours and 2 to 4 hour run-times. This simulation package runs through various software programs to simulate “regular use.” The actual run-time will vary depending on the type of software used, the type of screen, etc. For instance, continuous running of the DVD will reduce the run-time achieved due to the greater consumption of energy by this application.

How long does it take to recharge my PowerPad 160?
The PowerPad 160 takes approximately 4 hours to charge to 80% capacity and another hour to charge fully. To recharge the PowerPad, connect your notebook computer’s AC Adapter to the recharge port on the PowerPad connection cable and then plug the other end of the adapter into a wall outlet.

Other choices…
Besides the PowerPad 160, which seems to be the best model in terms of price/performance ratio, there are also 80, 120 and 300 Wh models, so you can easily get the one that best fits your needs. You should have in mind that the top model (PowerPad 300) is quite expensive ($799) although it offers up to 24 hours run time… it is just that for about 800$ you can get a quite decent laptop 😉

PowerPad 160 specifications
– Capacity: 15~20 Volts, 11Ah, 160 Wh
– Charge time: 80% charge in 4 hours
– Dimensions: 3/8″ thin, 8.75″ x 11.75″
– Weight: 2.4 lbs or 1.1 Kg
– Casing: rugged metal casing
– Operating temperature: 0°C (32°F) to 60°C (140°F)
– Run-time: up to 16 hours for most laptop computers

Price of the PowerPad 160: $449

Get more information about Electrovaya’s PowerPads
List of mobile computers that are supposed to work with PowerPad

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Recently Apple unveiled the newly designed MacBook, the world’s most advanced consumer notebook featuring the Intel Core Duo processor and a gorgeous new 13-inch glossy widescreen display, all in a sleek design that is up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook.

Apple’s entire portables lineup now offers Intel Core Duo processors; a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go; breakthrough Front Row media experience with Apple Remote; and several advanced features including DVI with dual display support, optical digital audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, Sudden Motion Sensor, Scrolling TrackPad and MagSafe Power Adapter.

General Specifications
With prices starting at $1,099, the MacBook lineup includes three models: a 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz MacBook in a newly designed, sleek white enclosure and a 2.0 GHz MacBook in a stunning new black enclosure. The new MacBook offers performance up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook with a completely new system architecture including a 667 MHz front-side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB. At about one-inch thin, the new MacBook is 20 percent thinner than the iBook and features a gorgeous new 13-inch glossy widescreen display. With a display that is 79 percent brighter than the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook, the MacBook provides incredibly crisp images with richer colors, deeper blacks and significantly greater contrast. At a resolution of 1280×800, the MacBook display provides 30 percent more viewing area than the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook.

iSight and Front Row
Every new MacBook comes with a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go using Apple’s award-winning iChat AV, or recording a video Podcast or iMovie using iLife ’06. MacBook also includes Photo Booth, Apple’s fun-to-use application that lets users take quick snapshots with the built-in iSight video camera, add entertaining visual effects and share their pictures with the touch of a button. The new MacBook gives customers a simple way to enjoy their digital lifestyle content wherever they go?????including music, photos and videos from across the room using the Apple Remote. With Front Row, users can effortlessly access shared iTunes playlists, iPhoto libraries and video throughout their home via Bonjour, Apple’s zero configuration wireless networking built into Mac OS X.

Safety Features
Designed to withstand the rigors of life on the go, every MacBook comes with Apple?????s MagSafe Power Adapter, created especially for mobile users that makes charging the notebook’s battery easier than ever by magnetically coupling the power cord to the MacBook. The MagSafe Power Adapter safely disconnects from the notebook when there is strain on the power cord, helping to prevent the notebook from falling off its work surface. Every MacBook also includes Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor that is designed to protect the hard drive in case of a fall, and all MacBooks include a Scrolling TrackPad to easily scroll through long web pages or pan across large photographs.

Great Connectivity
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With the latest high-performance connectivity options, every new MacBook includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g WiFi for up to 54 Mbps fast wireless networking, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), two USB 2.0 ports, combination analog and optical digital audio input and output ports, and a mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

iLife ’06 and More
Every MacBook includes iLife ’06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. All the iLife ’06 applications run natively on the new Intel-based MacBooks for maximum performance.
Every MacBook also comes with the latest release of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.6 “Tiger” including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on Apple?????s Intel-based notebook line. Mac OS X Tiger includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly. Intel-based Mac customers have more than 1,700 Universal applications to choose from and the list is growing each day with hundreds of developers including Adobe, Quark and IBM?????s Lotus division announcing support for Mac OS X Intel-based applications. An updated list of Universal applications for Mac OS X is available at guide.apple.com/universal.

Pricing & Availability
The new MacBook is available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 667 MHz front-side bus;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
  • 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire???? 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling TrackPad;
  • the infrared Apple Remote; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.


The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 667 MHz front-side bus;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
  • 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling TrackPad;
  • the infrared Apple Remote; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 667 MHz front-side bus;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
  • 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling TrackPad;
  • the infrared Apple Remote; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 80GB, 100GB or 120GB 5400 rpm hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.


And now, after watching this video, there is no way you wouldn’t want to have one of these at home… I really do want one 😉

Price of the 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook: $1,299

To get an Apple MacBook, White 13.3″ laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz, 2GB, 160GB…

P.S. And when you get tired of it:

You can play by Smacking your MacBook…


Or with the Karma improved version of the SmackBook software…


Or even have a StarWars MacBook fight with your friends!


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