Daily Giz Wiz 693: Duracell Powerpack 450

Episode 693 of the podcast

Duracell Powerpack 450
Subject: Review of Duracell Powerpack 450
Released:Wednesday 5 November 2008
Length:about 18 minutes
Download file:DGW-693.mp3 (8.4 MB)
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Short info

Keep your laptop, cell phone, and other devices working in an emergency with the Duracell Powerpack 450.

Detailed information

The Powerpack 450 from Duracell is a portable emergency power supply unit that can power AC, DC and USB-powered electronic devices including laptops, cellphones and other small appliances.  Its voice technology will tell you the running time for your device.  It also has jumper cables and an air compressor for use with your car.  Also great for camping.  It recharges via AC.  Also comes with the inevitable flashlight.

Xantrex makes a similar product, the Xantrex XPower Powerpack 400 Plus (Episode 44).

A Brush with the Pearly Gates

Dick was once on his boat near the Bermuda Triangle when his gauge went berserk and lightning struck which destroyed quite a bit of his electronic equipment.  It was a scary experience for Dick, especially when he was told by a voice at the Pearly Gates to go back and earn his penance by doing the Daily Giz Wiz for free with someone called Leo.

Dick on Humanety

The auction for a half-hour video chat with Dick is now on, at humanety.com.  Dick's nominated charity is Animal Haven.  At the recent Animal Haven fund-raising event, Dick and Dennis Wonderlin met Bebe Neuwirth (Frasier's estranged ex-wife), whose boyfriend Chris who owns a winery at Napa Valley is moving his boat to a marina at Petaluma.  Dick auctioned off some of the gadgets that manufacturers didn't want back, and raised $1,000.

A Day In the Life Of Leo

Jim from New York wonders how Leo, with so much that he does, manages to integrate his busy schedule with his multiple cellphones and gadgets.  Dane Golden is Leo's answer, whereas Dick's is now Ludwik.

Coming Soon

Leo is playing with WowWee's new product Rovio that goes around your house like the Roomba, except that it's a roving networked video camera or webcam.

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