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 from Duracell, Ultra Power Batteries with integrated Powercheck

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Duracell Advert / Commercial, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles on October 22nd, 2010 by

New from Duracell, Ultra Power batteries with an integrated Powercheck.

You can always see how much power is left in your battery with the integrated power tester.

Checkout the TV commercial below:

So, if you are always on the go, and need power for any purpose Duracell Ultra Power battery is the ideal solution.  Check how much power your Ultra Power battery has, pop it into a MP3 player and then run a marathon.  Wonder why the Duracell Bunny did not take part in this marathon?  Probably not his event, or maybe it was too easy for him or did he just want us humans to win something for a change.

Duracell is also running a special promotion with a 4 + 4 Free offer.  You can get these special promotional packs of batteries in both AA and AAA sizes, while stocks last.

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

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How to Maximize your Android phone’s Battery Life?

Posted in Emergency Power & USB Batteries, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles, USB & Travel Chargers on October 21st, 2010 by

As phones get smarter and cooler like the new breed of Android phones, inevitably play, showing off to friends and colleagues and even competing with iPhone users is going to have it’s drawbacks.  The culprit here is the dreaded battery life.

Well, you cannot have a small, sleek, Android smartphone and a battery that lasts for a month on a single charge.  That is going to be one bulky battery, not very practical at all.  So, we will have to live with some limitations until advances in technology are made.

However, it does not mean play time on the Android phone is limited to only an hour a day.  There are several things you can do to maximize the battery life.

1.  Use Wi-Fi when you really need it.  If this is enabled then the phone scans for available networks and this uses a lot of battery power.

2.  Turn down screen brightness or the backlight.

3.  Check the apps that are running and especially the ones that are syncing far more frequently.  This applies to email (not Gmail) and soical-networking apps like Facebook or Twitter.  Use the Android power widget and the task manager .

4.  Disable bluetooth if you don’t need it or use it.

5.  Animated wallpapers may be cool and fun, but these require a lot of battery power.

6.  Tried some fun apps when you first got the phone and have forgotten all about it now.  Then it’s about time you disabled them as it is probably still running in the background.  This uses up both the phone’s CPU and battery.

7.  Kill those unused widgets on your home screen, especially the ones which pull data from the web constantly.

8.  Do you really need to GPS turned on when you are stuck in the office or relaxing at home?  There are a lot of applications that use the GPS location to provide content like weather.  GPS services via satellites drain the battery quite quickly.

This is in no way a comprehensive list, but it can certainly go a long way to keep your Android phone running without losing power.  Also take a look at our previous post, “How to Maximize your Smartphone’s Battery Life?”.

If you need a quick charge or a boost of power then do consider one of the many USB chargers and USB external batteries from Duracell.  That is, if your Android phone can be charged through the USB port (most likely to be a mini or micro USB port).

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Nokia’s Self-Charging Batteries

Posted in Mobile Phone Batteries & Chargers, Specialist Products on March 18th, 2010 by

Have you heard the latest?  Nokia has filed patents on the concept of self-charging mobile phone batteries.  We all know that Nokia is very innovative, but self-charging batteries, is it possible?

Self-charging technology already exists, it has been used in Seiko Kinetic watches for over 20 years.  Seiko’s Kinetic watches make use of Piezoelectric crystals to generate an electric charge.  As details are sketchy at the moment, it is unclear how the mobile phone will be setup.

However, one thing is for sure,  the movement of the phone will generate electricity to charge the main battery or if it generates enough electricity it may even power the phone, doing away with the battery altogether.  The latter is unlikely as mobile phones these days are packed with features that are extremely power hungry.  Features like touch sensitive colour LCD screens and digital cameras with flash, to name a few.

So, does this mean we can give the mobile phone a quick shake during a call, just to keep it powered until the end of the conversation.

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Windows 7 Killing Laptop Batteries

Posted in Laptop Batteries, Chargers & Adapters on February 5th, 2010 by

Microsoft Windows 7Is Windows 7 killing laptop/notebook batteries?  Windows 7 was supposed to enhance mobile computing by maximising battery life.  It boasted loads of power saving features and enhancements.

However, it has been widely reported in recent weeks that Windows 7 is actually draining battery life much quicker than the user expects and it also displays the following message:

“Consider replacing your battery. There is a problem with your battery, so your computer might shut down suddenly.”

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 uses firmware information of the laptop battery to determine whether it requires to be replaced and is currently working with it’s hardware partners to resolve this issue.

There’s a very long thread on Microsoft TechNet forum on this issue.  The problem also seems to affect a wide range of laptop manufacturers including, Acer, Dell, HP, Sony and Toshiba.

If you are considering getting a spare laptop battery, just to get a little bit more out of your Windows 7 laptop, then don’t forget DuracellDirect carries an extensive range of laptop batteries.   However, the universal external battery pack may be a better solution as it plugs into the laptops power socket with one of several special tips supplied.  So, even if you change your laptop or have an old one gathering dust, the external battery pack may still work and keep you powered up for longer.

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How to Maximize your Smartphone’s Battery Life?

Posted in Chargers & Testers, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles on January 27th, 2010 by

You may have read our previous post, “Extend Your Digital Camera Battery’s Life“.  It was by no means an exhaustive list, but some useful tips to get more out of your digital camera battery.  Since smartphones are very popular, these days and not all built equal.  Indeed some have a very questionable battery life.

We are so attached to our smartphones now, that our lives would be unbearable without it.  Not a second passes by without checking emails on the Blackberry, playing with the latest app on iPhone, browsing the web, playing games or simply making calls.  All of these tasks eats away at the battery life at varying levels.  So, how do you maximize your smartphone’s battery life? Stop using it, well there is no need for such sarcasm.  A smartphone’s battery life is a very serious issue.

  • Switch off WiFi, Bluetooth and IR, turn it on only when you need to use them.  The auto-scanning, auto-search features uses a lot of battery power.
  • Limit wireless use if you really want to save battery life.  Use the your PC for updates, apps, music etc and then sync your smartphone by connecting to your PC.  This is usually faster.
  • Depending on your device, set a longer period for fetching emails.  Unless you are really busy and need to see your emails as soon as they are sent.  Setting it to fetch every 2 minutes maybe a little excessive and is sure to contribute to lowering the battery power.
  • Lower the backlight and screen brightness levels, especially with the new swanky LCD screens which just eat battery life like there’s no tomorrow.  Sure the photos don’t look the same, but you have to compromise, if you want to use your smartphone for longer periods.
  • Check battery usage to see which apps or functions are using the most battery power.  As some apps may be running in the background and some may not have stopped properly.  In some smartphones if an app is not exited properly it keeps working in the background.
  • GPS and A-GPS functions are cool and in some cases very helpful, but playing around with these on your walk home or to your friend’s house is going to drain the battery faster than you expect.  Limit the usage of these functions to when you are really lost or maybe a quick peek when you are showing off to your friends.
  • Turn off vibrate when playing games on your smartphone.  If you really need to have a complete gaming experience then, you really should be using a Sony PS3, Xbox 360 or a Nintendo Wii.

You can always carry a spare battery or use clever battery chargers from Duracell.

The Duracell Pocket Charger or the Instant Charger are ideal, compact products that can be used to recharge devices that are powered through USB.  It may not provide power for a full day’s worth of surfing using WiFi and playing games, but it will certainly provide power to make a few quick calls, send a few text messages and check emails.  Perhaps, it will last till you get to a power source.

Keep your smartphone charged up and stay connected, so that you don’t feel as if all your limbs were cut off.

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Duracell Instant Charger Honoured with Engineering and Design Award

Posted in Chargers & Testers, Multi-purpose Products, New Products, Press & Articles on January 13th, 2010 by

The Duracell Instant USB Charger has been named International CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.  The Design and Engineering Awards program is judged by a pre-eminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 36 product categories.

Duracell Instant USB Power Charger

Duracell Instant USB Power Charger

This is another product in the SmartPower range from Duracell.  No wonder it got an award, with it’s sleek lightweight design, it looks a lot like a smart phone than a USB charger.

The Duracell Instant USB Charger has a built in Lithium Ion Battery which can charge USB powered devices like BlackBerries, iPods, iPhones, smartphones, mobile phones, digital cameras and more.

You don’t need to look around for a power socket to recharge the Instant Charger.  A laptop or a PC with a spare USB socket would be more than adequate.  Making this a very handy portable power solution.

The Instant USB Charger is due to be released in the UK soon, so watch this space for news of the launch.

If you are after a USB charging solution and cannot wait for the new product to be released the older version of the Instant Power Charger is still available.  It is still lightweight and compact but not as sleek as the newer product.  There are a whole range of charging options available from DuracellDirect, including battery chargers.

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Pedal Power in New York

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products on December 21st, 2009 by

New York’s at it again or should it be Duracell.  In the earlier post, “Duracell and People Power in New York“, we were wondering what Duracell and New York had planned for New Year’s Eve 2009.

Well, pedal power is back.  The stationary bikes are in the Duracell Smart Power Lab in New York for you to generate power to light up the “2010” sign.  This time around the sign is made up of 9W LED bulbs instead of the 40W Halogen bulbs.  Yes, New York is going Green with these LED bulbs made by Philips.  According to the article on, the new sign is saving about 36 trees with the use of LED bulbs.

So, the question remains, How many people would it take to light up the Big Ben or the London Eye on New Year’s eve in London?

Last minute Christmas shopping, have you got all the batteries for the toys and gadgets?

Check out our hot deals on batteries and other accessories on at the moment.

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Duracell and People Power in New York

Posted in Events, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos on November 11th, 2009 by
Duracell New York

Duracell Power Lodge New York

It took 137,228 tourists in New York to light up the “2009” sign on New Year’s eve 2008 according to The New York Times.

Duracell setup a “power lodge” where six stationary bicycles, something like a cross between a snow mobile and a pedalo, were connected to electric generators which charged four large Duracell batteries.  These batteries were then used to light up the sign.

For those who like numbers:

The 2009 sign was made up of 608 halogen light bulbs.

The bulbs require 7.25 kilowatt hours of electricity to light up for 15 minutes.

It took 137,228 people to pedal the required power.

The original goal was 230 pedal hours (surpassed by more than 20%).

So, after a green new year in 2009 with people power, what does Duracell have planned for 2010? and what about London?

How many people would it take to light up the Big Ben or the London Eye on New Year’s eve in London?

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Fuel Cells to charge your Mobile Phone – Toshiba Dynario mobile fuel cells

Posted in Emergency Power & USB Batteries, New Products, Press & Articles on November 2nd, 2009 by
Refilling Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell and Refills

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell

Electronic giant Toshiba has made mobile fuel cells called Dynario.  This fuel cell falls under the category of Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC), where methanol is used as the fuel.  The small handheld unit contains a lithium ion battery, which is charged by the fuel cell to store electricity.

Methanol, comes into contact with air inside the unit.  The chemical reaction between Methanol and Oxygen produces electricity.  Toshiba says that on a single refill, the Dynario can generate enough power to charge two mobile phones.  The power from the Dynario is supplied via a USB cable and is able to charge a variety of products like Mobile Phones, Smart Phones, MP3 players and PDAs.

Unfortunately, Toshiba is only producing a limited number to gauge consumer reaction to the product and it is going to be available only in Japan.

Duracell Pocket Charger

Duracell Pocket Charger

Not sure if Toshiba is planning to release this fuel cell in the UK  at all, probably depends on the success in Japan.

If you are worried about handling Methanol, dropping the Dynario, or carrying it aboard a plane on a long haul flight then look no further.  Duracell has lots of options for recharging your mobile phones, MP3 players and PDAs like the Instant Power Charger, the Pocket Charger and the Powersource Mini.

These external battery chargers are extremely easy to use and are ideal when you are on the go.  The Instant Power Charger and the Powersource Mini are in fact an external lithium ion battery packs which charge and deliver power via USB.  The Pocket Charger can take 2 AA size batteries either Alakaline or Rechargeable and also delivers the power via USB.

So, until fuel cells become easy to use, readily available at your local store and no fears of unwanted chemical reactions or even explosions you can count on Duracell for safe, effective power even in a long haul flight.

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Duracell Ultra Bunny – Tornado, Sumo Wrestler and Rhino

Posted in Alkaline Batteries, Duracell Advert / Commercial, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos, Multi-purpose Products on October 27th, 2009 by
Duracell Ultra Tornado

Duracell Ultra Bunny Tornado

Duracell Ultra Sumo

Duracell Ultra Bunny Sumo Wrestler

Duracell Ultra Rhino

Duracell Ultra Bunny Rhino

Following the Duracell Ultra Bunnies commercial, these are the awesome print versions.

The power of millions of Duracell Bunnies in a Duracell Ultra Battery.  You don’t want to stand in the way of these three.

Just like the Bunny, Duracell Ultra Batteries last longer as well.  It is Duracell’s most powerful battery ever.  Find out more about Duracell Ultra batteries.


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Maximise Laptop Battery Power with Microsoft Windows 7

Posted in Laptop Batteries, Chargers & Adapters on October 21st, 2009 by
Microsoft Windows 7

Windows 7

Have you ordered your copy of the latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7? or are you planning a midnight visit to one of the many shops that are planning to stay open later for the launch?  That’s right, the much anticipated Windows 7 is being launched at the stroke of midnight, tonight, 21st October 2009.

Eventhough, Windows 7 is based on Vista, a lot of the problems and annoyances that have plagued Vista have been fixed.  Issues related to Hardware and software compatibility, memory handling and performance have been addressed and improved upon in this latest version.  Microsoft has made some changes to the overall look and feel but the critical changes are under the hood.  Especially energy efficiency, which seems to have been the mantra of the design and development of Windows 7.

The window memory manager is much improved and only allocates resources to the windows that are visible and full screen.  If you have hundreds of windows open on your laptop, but are minimised then it should not make the laptop crawl to a halt like in Vista.  Windows 7 has reduced the idle power consumption by enabling the hardware to power down when not in use.  This includes the processor, disk drive, memory and network activity.  Background services are only started when required or when triggered by events like when a device is inserted.

Universal Laptop Battery

Universal External Battery Pack

Other power saving features and improvements are, enhanced processor power management, adaptive display brightness, device power management, low-power audio, bluetooth power improvement and networking power improvement.  Processor power management technologies allows Windows 7 to choose the right processor performance according to the load.  Adaptive display brightness allows the user to customise power saving by dimming the display, not just turning off after 10 minutes of inactivity.  If your laptop hardware has special sensors then this technology can also adjust brightness according to ambient light.

It can be said that with all these features that Windows 7 is certainly a much smarter operating system and ideally suited for laptops and netbooks.  All these power saving features would certainly maximise laptop battery power.  There may be more time to use the laptop between each recharge and less time scrambling for the power adapter and looking for a suitable wall socket.

Did you know that Duracell Direct carry an extensive range of rechargeable laptop battery packs?  Laptop batteries to fit major laptop manufacturers from Acer to Toshiba,  obscure manufacturers like USI and Wistron and even those that may not exist anymore.  If you cant find the correct battery for your laptop or have a lots of different laptops and want a simple, “one-size-fits-all”, solution then a universal external battery pack could be the answer.  Supplied with a range of tips to attach the battery to your laptop.  With a laptop running Windows 7 and an external battery pack providing extra power, run times of more than 9 hours are quite possible.

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Extend Nintendo DS Battery Life, Get More Game Time

Posted in New Products, Press & Articles on September 11th, 2009 by
Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo announced in March 2009 that the DS, DSi and the DS Lite systems achieved a combined total sales of 100 million.  According to, the Nintendo DS systems are still leading sales in August in the US with over half a million units.

Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS

For a small device, these hand-held consoles, are packed with features.  The Nintendo DS has built in WiFi, dual screens and touch screen technology .  The Nintendo DSi has a built in camera and a microphone, allowing you take photos and record sounds.  The Nintendo DS Lite is a smaller, sleeker version of the DS and is also available in a multitude of stylish colours.

Seeing someone fighting their way through “Age of Empires” or “GTA: Chinatown Wars” on their Nintendo DS, DSi or DS Lite is common enough on a train, plane or just when they’re out and bored. But all games from “Brain Age”, “Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box” to the forthcoming “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra” suffer the same annoying pain… Everyone hates having to saving the game and stop playing at a crucial moment because the battery is deadder than a Bond villain.

Do you want uninterrupted game play, and don’t want to carry around the power adapter? The Duracell PowerSource Mini or the Duracell Mobile Charger would be ideal accessories and can charge any of the Nintendo DS systems through the mini-USB port. Both of these Duracell products can charge a wide range of devices that can be powered through the USB like, iPods, MP3 players, Mobile Phones and PDAs.

And get even more game time on the Nintendo DS with the Duracell PowerSource Mini external battery pack.

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Duracell Powers Vehicles, Including Tuk-Tuks

Posted in Duracell Advert / Commercial, Fun Duracell Photos & Videos on September 10th, 2009 by

Yes, that’s right coppertop Duracell batteries have been spotted powering Buses, Vans and even Tuk-tuks.  These batteries are much larger than those used in a torch or a remote control.

Duracell Battery Powered Bus

Duracell Battery Powered Bus

Duracell Battery Powered Van

Duracell Battery Powered Van

Duracell Battery Powered TukTuk

Duracell Battery Powered Tuk-Tuk

Will it be battery powered cars or planes, next?  We will just have to wait and see.

Source:  Design Things-TURBOW

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No More Wires!

Posted in New Products, Press & Articles on September 1st, 2009 by

That’s right, no more cumbersome cables and wires to charge your various mobile devices.  The myGrid wireless charger from Duracell’s SmartPower initiative does just that, it eliminates the need for cables.  Simple to use, plug in the myGrid charging pad, attach a PowerClip to your device or place your device in a PowerSleeve and then place it on the charging pad.

The myGrid wireless charger is compatible with Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, BlackBerry, Motorola, Nokia mobile phones, MP3 players and other mobile devices.

Duracell myGrid charger is due to be released in the US in October.

Duracell myGrid Wireless Charger

Duracell myGrid Wireless Charger

Until the myGrid wireless charger is released in the UK, Duracell have plenty of other mobile charging solutions like the Pocket Charger, Instant Power Charger and the PowerSource Mini.

Watch this space for UK launch of myGrid wireless charger.

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