Thousands of ultra-fast charging sites for electric cars planned

November 29, 2016

To boost mainstream acceptance of electric cars, top carmakers in Germany have agreed to jointly invest in thousands of ultra-fast charging sites across Europe, the companies said. Spurred on by the success of US rival Tesla which has received huge pre-orders for its Model 3 car, German rivals such as Volkswagen and Daimler’s Mercedes are accelerating their own electric car programs. But scarce charging points and sticker prices for electric…


Waterproof connector delivers high currents

November 25, 2016

A fully shielded high current connector capable of supporting up to 200A has been developed by Hirose. The waterproof connector is IP68/IPX9K rated, offering resistance to dust, dirt, water, oil and other fluids that could damage the connector. The EV2 Series has a space-saving staggered flange design that allows reduced pitch spacing and makes it suitable for a wide range of applications including construction equipment, energy storage systems, inverters, manufacturing equipment…


DC fan delivers airflow over 200CFM

November 2, 2016

The addition of a high performance DC fan line to CUI Components’ existing thermal management portfolio has been announced. The CFM series with frame sizes of 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92 and 120mm delivers airflow ranging from 1 CFM in the 40mm series to over 200CFM in the 120mm series. Available with rated voltages of 5, 12, 24 and 48 Vdc, all DC fans feature dual ball bearing construction for maximum…


Medical grade power adapters approved for use in home healthcare

October 31, 2016

TRUMPower introduces the TXM25 series of 25W wall mount power adapters that meet 2 MOPP, are approved to Class II medical standards and also comply with IEC 60601-1-11:2015 for home healthcare environment use. The series accepts a 80-275VAC full range AC input and features short circuit and overload protections. The output voltage is factory preset between 3 to 55V to meet customer’s requirements. The standard output connector is a barrel…


Regulated power supply features low standby power consumption

August 15, 2016

Control systems with many low power nodes, actuators and sensors that are ‘always on’ are often required by intelligently networked smart homes and smart offices. RECOM’s robust and reliable 2 and 3W AC/DC power supplies are specially designed to power smart building infrastructure 24/7 by offering compact sizes for easy installation, very low standby power consumption (35mW) and full household (IEC/EN60335), CE (LVD+EMC+RoHS2) and industrial safety certifications (IEC/EN/UL60950). The RAC03-SER/277…


Video of the Day: What would 100,000 volts of electricity do to human flesh?

June 7, 2016

Over on the YouTube channel Photonicinduction, electricity experts gave us a look into the effects of electricity on human flesh. Don’t get nervous — this wasn’t actually tested out on a human’s skin. Instead, the YouTuber with over 25 years of electricity experience tried it out on ballistic gel that simulates human flesh. The synthetic gelatin substance is commonly used by law enforcement agencies to determine the effects of different bullet penetrations. [Spoiler Alert]…


Your electronics may soon be able to share power

May 20, 2016

Electronics users are always complaining about battery life, and companies are constantly developing products that will extend power and keep devices lasting even longer. But, what if your phone was dying and your friend’s phone was charged to full capacity? Wouldn’t it be great if they could just share some of their power with you? This may soon be possible thanks to researchers from the University of Bristol’s Interaction Group….


Engineers have made RFID tags 25% smaller, and cheaper

May 9, 2016

A series of new techniques developed by engineers at North Carolina State University  is being used to create passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that are 25% smaller — and less expensive than current types. This is possible because the new technique does not require tags to convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) in order for them to function effectively. In passive RFID technology, a “reader” transmits a radio signal that…


Tiny accessory doubles your charging times using your own cables

April 18, 2016

Want super-fast charging speeds? A San Francisco-based start-up company has created a small accessory that uses your own cables to double charging times. The PompAdapter comes equipped with a smart IC that lets you change the charging mode of your device to provide maximum current, and as a result, shorter charging time. The maximum charging current of a device often depends on how much power the device has. For example, the maximum current can keep…


Windows go from transparent to opaque with the flick of a switch

March 16, 2016

Instead of drawing your blinds to get some privacy, what if you could just flick a switch and even adjust how much light you let in? Not impossible thanks to a technique developed by researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The new technique can quickly change transform a window into a cloudy or clear surface — or somewhere in between — using geometry to adjust the…