Low-light Photography without Flash

Posted in Camera & Camcorder Batteries & Chargers, New Products, Press & Articles, Specialist Products on June 3rd, 2013 by

Graphene Camera SensorScientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have invented a new image sensor made from graphene. This sensor is supposed to be 1000 times more sensitive to light than existing sensors in the market. It can also detect a broad spectrum of light. This makes it ideal for digital cameras, allowing you to take photos in low-light conditions without a flash. Other possible uses for this sensor are in infrared cameras, traffic speed cameras and satellite imaging.

The sensor operates at much lower voltages and uses 10 times less energy. Mass produced they can be at least five times cheaper than existing CMOS and CCD sensors. Imagine, cameras can be cheaper, take photos in low-light conditions and helps the camera battery last a long time. This graphene sensor could also revolutionise the cameras in smartphones. All we can hope for now is the adoption of these sensors by the major manufacturers.


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U.S. Army’s Universal Battery Charger

Posted in Camera & Camcorder Batteries & Chargers, Specialist Products, USB & Travel Chargers on May 28th, 2013 by

Universal Battery Charger - US ArmyThe U.S. Army has developed a much smaller universal battery charger for use in the field. Apparently, these used to be the size of a suitcase and were mounted on a vehicle or placed on a table. Yes, not exactly portable.

The new battery charger is smaller than a shoebox and much lighter. However, it is still built to withstand extreme temperatures, water and sand. The rugged constructions can also withstand bumps and vibrations, making it ideal for a soldier to carry and use in the field. It is able to charge multiple batteries and USB devices simultaneously.

At, DuracellDirect, we have our own Universal Battery Charger. It may not be built to U.S Army’s strict specifications, but it can charge most types of rechargeable batteries including batteries for camera, camcorder, smartphone and GPS devices. The USB port can charge most USB enabled devices like smartphones and e-readers. It can even charge rechargeable AA and AAA batteries.


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Is it a Laptop or a Tablet?

Posted in Laptop Batteries, Chargers & Adapters, Specialist Products on May 20th, 2013 by

HP SlateBook x2The new range of HP laptops or is it tablets? well these are hybrids and you can be easily forgiven for the confusion. The laptop transforms into a tablet with the detachable keyboard. So you can use it both as a laptop or a tablet.

There are 3 versions, 13.3″ Split x2, 11.6″ Envy x2 and 10.1″ SlateBook x2. The Split and Envy run on Windows 8, whilst the SlateBook runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

All models have two batteries, one in the keyboard (base) and another in the screen, allowing you to get more done for longer.

If only all future HP laptops have two batteries, then you wouldn’t need to scramble around for a power socket. In the meantime a spare HP laptop battery may be the solution.


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World’s Smallest DSLR from Canon

Posted in Accessories, Camera & Camcorder Batteries & Chargers, Memory Cards, USB Drives, Specialist Products on May 7th, 2013 by

Worlds Smallest DSLR Canon EOS 100DCanon has released the world’s smallest DSLR. The EOS 100D is aimed at photography enthusiasts, who are put off by the bulky size and weight of the usual DSLR cameras. Ideal for those who want to try DSLR photography for the first time.

Blending the advanced features and image quality of it’s DSLRs, with easy to use features and simplicity from it’s compact cameras, Canon has created a camera measuring 116 x 90 x 69 mm and weighing just 407g. It boasts an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3 inch touch screen LCD, Full HD movie recording and a host of other features like Scene Intelligent Auto and Creative Filters. Making this an exciting camera and as Canon point out, “A DSLR you’ll never want to leave behind”.

Don’t forget, a spare battery and a memory card or two will be very handy. The drain on power and space can be high with full HD movie capturing. When having fun with photography, the last thing you want is to be running out of power or memory. The Canon EOS 100D can accept SD, SDHC or SDXC flash memory cards. If you have several cameras it may be worth considering a universal battery charger. This will allow you to charge different types of battery on a single charger. Saving you the effort of carrying multiple chargers.


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New Portable Fuel Cell Charger

Posted in Emergency Power & USB Batteries, New Products, Press & Articles, USB & Travel Chargers on April 29th, 2013 by

Nectar Portable Fuel CellResearch into alternative power sources and the development of new technologies in this area has been intense by Universities and corporations.  Some time ago we brought you news of electronics giant Toshiba’s Dynario mobile fuel cell.

Pictured, is the new Nectar portable fuel cell charger by Lilliputian systems.   It can charge your smartphone, mp3 player or digital camera directly through the USB port. The Nectar uses “hot-swappable”, cartridges or pods containing Butane to produce power. This portable fuel cell charger is due to be released later this summer and is rumoured to cost around $300 with the pods costing around $10. It’s definitely not an affordable option to charge your USB enabled devices.Duracell Portable USB Chargers

However, there are solutions close to hand with the Duracell Portable USB Chargers. They are convenient, handy and definitely affordable. You can read more about these chargers in our previous posts, “Stay Connected with the Duracell Portable Charger” and “The Most Powerful Duracell Portable USB Charger“. The 3 hour charger and the 5 hour charger provide upto 3 hours and 5 hours, respectively, extra talk-time in smartphones.


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New Battery Technology Breakthrough

Posted in Camera & Camcorder Batteries & Chargers, Laptop Batteries, Chargers & Adapters, Specialist Products on April 24th, 2013 by

New Battery TechnologyA team of researchers from University of Illinois have made a breakthrough in how the fundamental components of the rechargeable battery are made up or integrated. The researchers hope to test this to power various gadgets later this year.

The research is about a radical new design of the battery cathodes.  Instead of the traditional anode and cathode, the team have developed a 3-dimensional nano-structure.

This new technology is supposed to allow for much faster recharging, making it ideal for laptop batteries, digital camera batteries and even batteries for electric vehicles.


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Half Price Laptop Chargers

Posted in Hot Deals Newsletter, Laptop Batteries, Chargers & Adapters, Specialist Products on April 16th, 2013 by

Half Price Laptop ChargersDuracell Direct is pleased to announce our latest fantastic offer: Buy a Laptop Battery between now and 30th April and get the laptop charger for HALF PRICE! Duracell Direct carry an extensive range of laptop batteries, chargers and adapters including for popular manufacturers like Acer, Dell, HP and Toshiba.

A spare laptop charger is a must if you travel regularly with your laptop on business trips or conferences. Avoid the pain of un-ravelling the tangled mess that is the charger and possibly the mouse (should consider a wireless mouse!).  Also, shoving it all back into the bag once finished.  That is if you have not forgotten to pack it in the first place. The sudden realisation at a meeting when the battery is  running low and you can picture the charger sitting by the desk. A spare laptop charger makes life much more convenient.

A second charger in the bag means that one could be plugged in ready to go at your desk/workstation. It never needs to be packed away everyday, just remember to switch off the plug to save energy.

 

 


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Light Up Your Home with Duracell LED Light Bulbs

Posted in New Products, Press & Articles, Specialist Products on April 9th, 2013 by

Did you know that Duracell now produce LED light bulbs?  Not just LED torches, but actual light bulbs. These are available in the most common fittings found around the home like E14 and GU10. You can now light up your home with Duracell LED light bulbs.

Duracell LED bulbs are energy efficient and eco-friendly lighting solutions.  They use upto 90% less electricity and offer a much longer life span when compared to incandescent bulbs.  This should add up huge savings on your lighting costs.  These LED bulbs can also be recycled safely and contain no harmful substances like Mercury.

 

Duracell LED Bulbs


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Easter Spectacular from DuracellDirect!

Posted in Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Hot Deals Newsletter on March 31st, 2013 by

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!

Get an additional 10% discount off any purchase when you spend over £20.  This is valid until 2nd April 2013.  Simply enter the discount code ESXGW-92 at the checkout to get your 10% discount.

 


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Bio-Batteries, Powered by Bacteria!

Posted in Chargers & Testers, Multi-purpose Products, Rechargeable Batteries, Uncategorized on March 28th, 2013 by

You may have read our previous posts about batteries made from paper or even tiny nuclear batteries, well now you have batteries powered by bacteria!Bacteria Bio-Battery

That’s right bacteria.  Researchers from University of East Anglia in the UK and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the US have made a breakthrough in figuring out the process by which bacteria are able to transfer an electrical charge.  The clever bacteria called Shewanella Oneidensis, can according to the scientists, open the door to efficient microbial fuel cells (that is ‘bio-batteries’ to the rest of us).

This paves the way for generating clean electricity in the future.

Well, you can do your part for the environment right now, by using rechargeable Duracell batteries.  These can be recharged 100′s of times and they also do not use  dangerous metals like Cadmium, Mercury and Lead.  Using rechargeable batteries means that you do not have to dispose them once they run out.  Simply pop them into a suitable battery charger and they will be ready to re-use once fully charged.


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Free Duracell Bunny with EVERY Order!

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Duracell Bunny, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products, Rechargeable Batteries on March 18th, 2013 by

Duracell BunnyEaster is just around the corner and to celebrate we’re giving away a Duracell Bunny with EVERY order! (Offer ends 22nd March, while stocks last).

More and more shoppers are switching to rechargeable batteries which save you money and are far kinder to the environment than conventional batteries.

To learn more about the benefits of switching, check out our Duracell Rechargeable Battery Technologies page.


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Happy New Year

Posted in Duracell Bunny, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products on January 4th, 2013 by

Duracell BunnyWishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous 2013.

Happy New Year,  Glückliches Neues Jahr,  Bonne Année,  Felice Anno Nuovo,  Gott Nytt År,  Feliz Año Nuevo,    Godt Nytår,  Hyvää Uutta Vuotta,  Godt Nyttår,  Szczęsliwego Nowego Roku,  Štastný Nový Rok,  Gelukkig Nieuwjaar,  Boldog Új Évet


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Merry Christmas from Duracell Direct!

Posted in Duracell Bunny, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos on December 20th, 2012 by

Duracell Santa Bunny Wishing all of our customers, friends, readers and everyone else a very Merry Christmas!

Merry X’Mas   Frohe Weihnachten    Buon Natale    Joyeux Noël    Feliz Navidad    Feliz Natal    Glædelig Jul    メリークリスマス    God Jul    Hyvää Joulua   Wesolych Swiat    חג מולד שמח    Veselé Vánoce    圣诞快乐    Boldog Karácsonyt  Nadolig Llawen    Καλά Χριστούγεννα    Geseënde  Kersfees    Mutlu Noeller    Nollaig Shona    क्रिसमस की शुभकामनाएँ     Merry Crimbo    Krisimasi Njema    Vrolijk Kerstfeest    С Рождеством


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It’s not too late! Spend over £42 for Free Express Delivery

Posted in Accessories, Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Memory Cards, USB Drives, Multi-purpose Products, Rechargeable Batteries on December 18th, 2012 by

Santa BunnyThere’s still time to get all the batteries, chargers and memory cards you’ll need to stay powered this Christmas.

Additionally, if you spend £42 or more, we’ll send your order by express courier. The last order date for Christmas is Friday 21st December.

Orders received by 4:00pm UK time (for products which are in stock) will usually be dispatched on the same business day.Express Delivery to the UK is dispatched on a Next Business Working Day service.


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Free Duracell Bunny with every order!

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Duracell Bunny, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Memory Cards, USB Drives, Multi-purpose Products on December 17th, 2012 by

Duracell BunniesHave you got your Free Duracell Bunny yet?

Just a few more days to go.  Every order placed now until the 19th will automatically receive a free Duracell Bunny stuffed toy (whilst stocks last!). This is available on all of our DuracellDirect shops except Australia.

They make a perfect stocking filler along with any batteries, chargers and memory cards that you may need during this Christmas holiday season.

Free Duracell Bunny Offer


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Free Duracell Bunny With All Orders At DuracellDirect

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Duracell Bunny, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Memory Cards, USB Drives, Multi-purpose Products, Rechargeable Batteries on December 10th, 2012 by

Our Christmas gift to you this year – Free Duracell Bunny Plush Toy.Duracell Bunnies

Every order placed now until the 19th will automatically receive a free Duracell Bunny stuffed toy (whilst stocks last!). This is available on all of our DuracellDirect shops except Australia.

Just like the real Duracell Bunny they’re pink and fluffy and make a perfect stocking filler along with any batteries, chargers and memory cards that you may need during this Christmas holiday season.


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Stay Powered During This Festive Period

Posted in Accessories, Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Memory Cards, USB Drives, Multi-purpose Products, Rechargeable Batteries, USB & Travel Chargers on November 29th, 2012 by

Duracell Santa BunnyChristmas is upon us once again and the endless lists of gifts to buy keep growing every year. Toys,  digital cameras, MP3 players, smartphones are all very popular and the requests seem to keep pace withDuracell Batteries technology (no more woolly jumpers!).

All these electronic gadgets need to be powered and many are still supplied without batteries. Avoid disappointment and valuable play time looking for batteries, by getting them early.  If you didn’t know already, Duracell do much more than just batteries, rechargeable batteries and chargers.  They also do Torches, Flash memory cards for cameras and camcorders, USB memory sticks and chargers for smartphones like iPhones.Duracell Rechargeable Batteries

So, don’t forget to stay powered during this festive period with Duracell.

 

Duracell Memory

Watch this space for an exciting  promotion, coming very soon!


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Duracell Ultra Power Batteries with PowerCheck Television Commercial

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Duracell Advert / Commercial, Duracell Bunny, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products on November 28th, 2012 by

Here is the latest television commercial for the Duracell Ultra Power batteries with PowerCheck.

The last thing you want to see when capturing those precious moments is the dreaded “battery low” message.  With the Duracell Ultra Power batteries, you can check how much power is available in each battery.

Whether it is for camcorders, digital cameras or toys, Duracell Ultra Power batteries provide up to 80% more power compared to Duracell Simply batteries (results vary by device and usage).  So you never have to miss those special moments again.

Watch more videos like this on DuracellDirect’s YouTube channel.


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New Duracell Ultra Power Battery Commercial

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Duracell Advert / Commercial, Duracell Bunny, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products on June 25th, 2012 by

Check out the latest television commercial for the Duracell Ultra Power batteries with Powercheck.

Don’t miss out on the thrilling commentary on your radio. Use the Powercheck on Duracell Ultra Power batteries to see how much power the battery has left.

Watch more videos like this on DuracellDirect’s YouTube channel.


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Merry Christmas from Duracell Direct

Posted in Duracell Bunny, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos on December 23rd, 2011 by

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas

Merry X’Mas   Frohe Weihnachten    Buon Natale    Joyeux Noël    Feliz Navidad    Feliz Natal    Glædelig Jul    メリークリスマス    God Jul    Hyvää Joulua   Wesolych Swiat    חג מולד שמח    Veselé Vánoce    圣诞快乐    Boldog Karácsonyt  Merry Christmas from Duracell Direct Nadolig Llawen    Καλά Χριστούγεννα    Geseënde Kersfees    Mutlu Noeller    Nollaig Shona    क्रिसमस की शुभकामनाएँ    Merry Crimbo    Krisimasi Njema    Vrolijk Kerstfeest    С Рождеством

 

 


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Christmas Competition – Today’s Winner

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Duracell Bunny, Emergency Power & USB Batteries, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles, Rechargeable Batteries, USB & Travel Chargers on December 19th, 2011 by

Santa BunnyCongratulations to @stu1e for following Duracell Direct on Twitter, final winner on our Christmas competition.

Thank you all for taking part.  Watch this space for more competitions in 2012.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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Christmas Competition – Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s Winners

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Duracell Bunny, Emergency Power & USB Batteries, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles, Rechargeable Batteries, USB & Travel Chargers on December 19th, 2011 by

Santa BunnyHere are the latest winners of our Christmas competition.

Friday’s winner is @cillastubbs for following us on Twitter.

Saturday’s winner is Harry Prophet for liking us on Facebook and Sunday’s winner is Pamela Kerr for liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Congratulations to you all.

Today is the last day of our competition and there is still time to win a Duracell goody.  To enter the competition, simply like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter,  and email us your Facebook name or Twitter ID.

Also a reminder that you can order before 3pm GMT (4pm CET) today for delivery to UK and most European destinations in time for Christmas.


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Christmas Competition – Thursday’s Winner

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Duracell Bunny, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Mobile Phone Batteries & Chargers, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles, Rechargeable Batteries, USB & Travel Chargers on December 16th, 2011 by

Santa BunnyCongratulations to AMIFAD for liking us on Facebook and for following Duracell Direct on Twitter.

Check out our earlier post, “Christmas Competition – Free Prizes from Duracell Direct” for details about this competition.

There is still time to win some Duracell goodies, as the last day of the competition is Monday.  The competition also runs through the weekend.

Just a reminder that you can still order your Duracell batteries, chargers and power adapters in time for Christmas right up until 3pm GMT (4pm CET) Monday 19th for delivery to UK and most European destinations.

 


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Christmas Competition – Wednesday Winner

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Chargers & Testers, Duracell Bunny, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products, Rechargeable Batteries, USB & Travel Chargers on December 15th, 2011 by

Santa BunnyCongratulations to @star100x for following Duracell Direct on Twitter.

Check out our earlier post, “Christmas Competition – Free Prizes from Duracell Direct” for details about this competition, there is still time to win some Duracell goodies.

Don’t forget to buy the batteries, to power all the toys and gadgets you may have bought as presents.  Try explaining “Batteries Not Included” to a 5 year old on Christmas day.  You can still order in time for Christmas right up until 3pm GMT (4pm CET) Monday 19th for delivery to UK and most European destinations.

 


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Concours de Noël – Prix de Duracell Direct

Posted in Duracell Bunny, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, New Products, Press & Articles, USB & Travel Chargers on December 14th, 2011 by

Christmas CompetitionNotre concours de Noël est encore une fois ici avec des prix gratuit de Duracell Direct: les experts de la batterie et le chargeur. Pour vous aider à rester sous tension pendant la période de Noël, Duracell lance leur plus puissant chargeur USB portable, idéal pour recharger votre iPhone, Smartphone, Blackberry et la plupart des autres périphériques USB lorsque vous êtes en déplacement.  Pour faire de Noël un moment expectionnel , nous lancons un concours et offrons des produtis de notre gammes (comme la torche Duracell Daylite, piles rechargeables Duracell Plus et  AA)  pour quelques chanceux.

Pour participer au concours, il suffit de nous ajouter sur Facebook ou nous suivre sur Twitter, et envoyez-nous votre nom sur Facebook ou Twitter ID.

Pour vous rappeler que vous pouvez toujours commander à temps pour Noël jusqu’au  lundi 19, 15 heures GMT (16:00 CET)  pour la livraison au Royaume-Uni et la plupart des destinations européennes.  Il ya un prix à gagner tous les jours de Mercredi 14 Décembre au lundi 19 Décembre.


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