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External Power Supplies

eiodotcom —  October 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is on external power supplies.

 

 

External Power Supplies 101

 

External power supplies are devices that convert ac power from a wall outlet into lower voltage dc or ac power to be used directly by electronic circuits. External power supplies come in a separate physical enclosure than the end-use product, and usually provide power to the device directly through a separate cord and plug. External power supplies are used to power a variety of electronic devices, including: laptop computers, printers, cordless phones, cell phones, etc.

 

External power supplies are used both with equipment with no other source of power, and with battery-powered equipment, where the supply both charges the battery and powers the equipment when plugged in. One of the benefits of using an external, rather than internal power supply is it increases the portability of a device, by avoiding the need of internal power components. Use of an external power supply allows portability of battery-powered equipment without the added bulk of internal power components and makes it unnecessary to produce equipment for use only with a specified power source.

 

Benefits of Using an External Power Supply

Safety — External power adapters can free product designers from worrying about some safety issues. Much of this style of equipment uses only voltages low enough not to be a safety hazard internally, although the power supply must out of necessity use dangerous mains voltage. If an external power supply is used (usually via a power connector, often of coaxial type), the equipment need not be designed with concern for hazardous voltages inside the enclosure. This is particularly relevant for equipment with lightweight cases which may break and expose internal electrical parts.

Heat reduction — Heat reduces reliability and longevity of electronic components, and can cause sensitive circuits to become inaccurate or malfunction. A separate power supply removes a source of heat from the apparatus.

Electrical noise reduction — Because radiated electrical noise falls off with the square of the distance, it is to the manufacturer’s advantage to convert potentially noisy AC line power or automotive power to “clean”, filtered DC in an external adapter, at a safe distance from noise-sensitive circuitry.

Weight and size reduction — When most power adapters featured simple mains-frequency transformer-based designs, they were quite heavy and large, and added considerably to the weight and bulk of devices designed to be lightweight. Even modern power supplies are relatively heavy compared to other circuitry. Removing power components from equipment powered by rechargeable batteries reduces the weight and size which must be carried, though use of other rechargeable batteries like sealed lead-acid batteries can questionably put more weight on the equipment.

Ease of replacement — Power supplies are more prone to failure than other circuitry due to their exposure to power spikes and their internal generation of waste heat. External power supplies can be replaced quickly by a user without the need to have the powered device repaired.

Configuration versatility — Externally powered electronic products can be used with different power sources as needed (e.g. 120VAC, 240VAC, 12VDC, or external battery pack), for convenient use in the field, or when traveling.

Some of Our Products  (To see all power supply products, click here)

 

 

Velleman PSSMV7U COMPACT SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY 36W WITH SELECTABLE OUTPUT

 

Brand Velleman
Model PSSMV7U
Specifications
Supply Voltage 100 ~ 240V AC
Power 36W
Efficiency >=70%
Selectable Outputs 5 to 24V DC in steps of 1V (from 4.3 to 1.5A)
Output Plugs 2.5mm mono, 3.5mm mono, 1.0×3.0mm, 1.35×3.5mm, 1.7×4.0mm, 2.1×5.0mm, 2.5×5.5mm, 1.5×5.5mm
Dimensions 3.5″ x 1.8″ x 1.2″
Features
Features
  • with 8 detachable DC plugs
  • for notebook computers & personal digital electronic devices
  • stabilized output, low ripple & interference
  • short-circuit & overload protection
  • high efficiency & low energy consumption

 

 

 

 

 

 

VELLEMAN PSSMV3 COMPACT SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY 24W WITH SELECTABLE OUTPUT

 

This switch mode regulated power supply wall adapter comes with 4 input plugs to operate around the world. Includes input power plugs for the US, UK, Europe, Taiwan, and China! Additionally, choose from 7 different DC output connectors. Finally, a switching power supply adapter with a user selectable output plug size and polarity!

Get rid of those bulky power-hungry heat-producing linear power adapters. These switching power adaptors are state-of-the-art switch mode power supplies featuring major advantages such as:
– cooler running
– stabilized (regulated) output
– short-circuit and overload protection
– compact design
– very low idling power consumption
– multiple (selectable) voltage outputs
– user configurable output connector polarity: center (+)  or  center (-)
– world wide AC input voltage range

Features

  • 4 AC input power plug configurations included (user selectable)
    • AC plugs to fit in US, UK, Europe, Taiwan and China
  • compact switch mode regulated power supply design is light-weight and efficient

Specifications

  • AC input supply voltage: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
  • output power: 24.0 watts max.
  • efficiency: > = 70%
  • user selectable output voltages:
    • 3V,  4.5V,  6V, 7.5V, 9V, and 12V DC
  • output current: 2,000ma (2 amps) maximum current consumption
  • 7 DC output connector plugs included (user selectable)
    • 2.5mm (male)
    • 3.5mm (male)
    • 2.35×0.75mm (female)
    • 3.5×1.35mm (female)
    • 4.0×1.7mm (female)
    • 5.0×2.1mm (female)
    • 5.5×2.5mm (female)
  • power supply dimensions: 4.6″ x 2.4″ x 3.3″  (11.6cm x 6.1cm x 8.3cm)

 

 

 

 

VELLEMAN PSSMV1USA COMPACT SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY 10W WITH SELECTABLE OUTPUT

 

Brand Velleman
Model PSSMV1USA
Specifications
Supply Voltage 100 ~ 230V AC ± 15%
Power 10W
Efficiency > 80%
Output Voltages 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12V DC
Output Current 800mA (regulated) / 1.5A max.
Plugs 2.5mm mono, 3.5mm mono, 1.0×3.0mm, 1.35×3.5mm, 1.7×4.0mm, 2.1×5.0mm, 2.5×5.5mm, 1.5×5.5mm
Dimensions 2.6″ x 1.1″ x 2.9″
Weight 3.0 oz
Features
Features Get rid of those bulky power-hungry heat-producing mains adapters.
These adaptors use state-of-the-art switching power supplies and feature some major advantages such as:
– cooler running
– stabilized output
– short-circuit and overload protection
– compact design
– very low idling consumption
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Computer Cases 101

eiodotcom —  October 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is an introduction to computer cases and their uses.

 

What Is A Computer Case?

 

 

 

A computer case (also known as a “computer chassis”, “cabinet”, “box”, “enclosure”, “housing”, or simply “case”) is the enclosure that contains most of the components of a computer (usually excluding the display, keyboard and mouse).  Cases are usually constructed from steel (often SECC — Steel, electrogalvanized, cold-rolled, coil) or aluminium. Plastic is sometimes used, and other materials such as wood and even Lego blocks have appeared in home-built cases.

 

Design

 

Computer cases usually include sheet metal enclosures for a power supply unit and drive bays, as well as a rear panel that can accommodate peripheral connectors protruding from the motherboard and expansion slots. Most cases also have a power button or switch, a reset button, and LEDs to indicate power status as well as hard drive and network activity. Some cases include built-in I/O ports (such as USB and headphone ports) on the front of the case. Such a case will also include the wires needed to connect these ports, switches and indicators to the motherboard.

 

Hardware Access

 

Tower cases have either a single side panel which may be removed in order to access the internal components or a large cover that saddles the chassis. Traditionally, most computer cases required computer case screws to hold components and panels in place (i.e. motherboard, PSU, drives, and expansion cards). Recently  there is a trend toward “screwless” cases, in which components are held together with snap-in plastic rails, thumbscrews, and other methods that do not require tools; this facilitates quick assembly and modification of computer hardware.

 

 

Products

 

 

APEVIA X-CRUISER-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

 

ATX Mid Tower
Front Temp, Sound, Fan Speed Gauges
Front 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire, 2 x audio
Model
Brand APEVIA
Model X-CRUISER-AL
Specifications
Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Silver
Case Material Steel
Power Supply No
Power Supply Mounted Top
Motherboard Compatibility Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX
Main Board Size: Fits up to 11″ x 12″
With Side Panel Window Yes
Expansion
External 5.25″ Drive Bays 4
External 3.5″ Drive Bays 2
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays 4
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports
Front/Top Ports 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire, 2 x audio
Cooling System
80mm Fans 2 x 80mm fan – front (optional)
1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan – top (included)
1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan – rear (included) upgradable to 120mm fan.
Side Air duct UV Air Duct and Filter on Side Window (Thermally Advantaged Chassis)
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H) 19.25″ x 7.75″ x 17.00″
Features
Features Modern Sophisticated Stylish Design
Large See-through Side Window
1 x UV Air Duct and Filter on Side Window (Thermally Advantaged Chassis)
1 x Front Fan Gauge w/ Fan Controller (Controls up to 5 fans)
1 x Front Temperature Gauge with Blue Back Lighting
1 x Front Volume Gauge and Volume Controller
Front Panel LED Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APEVIA MX-PLEASURE-BK Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

 

ATX Full Tower
500W Power Supply
Front Panel 2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire
Model
Brand APEVIA
Model MX-PLEASURE-BK
Specifications
Type ATX Full Tower
Color Black
Case Material Steel
Power Supply 500W
Power Supply Mounted Top
Motherboard Compatibility Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window Yes
Expansion
External 5.25″ Drive Bays 4
External 3.5″ Drive Bays 2
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays 7
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports
Front Ports 2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire
Cooling System
80mm Fans 1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan – front
1 x 80mm UV blue fan – front
120mm Fans 1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan – side
1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan – rear
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H) 19.00″ x 8.00″ x 21.25″
Weight 31 lbs.
Features
Features Fully loaded steel durable chassis
Ideal for small business, network server
Lockable side panel and front panel
Fold in/out case feet for case stability
Front temperature display gauge
Front fan speed controller and gauge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sentey SS1-2421 Slim 2421 Slim Flex Case w/Power Supply LCD DISPLAY SECC 0.7mm 2x USB/1x Fan/Micro ATX-ITX

 

SECC 0,7mm / Plastic MicroATX Slim Case
240 W Power Supply
Included LCD Display
Model
Brand Sentey
Series Slim Series
Model SS1-2421
Spec
Type MicroATX Slim Case
Color
Glossy Black
Case Material
SECC 0,7mm / Plastic
With Power Supply
Yes
Power Supply BCP450-OM 250 Watt Constant/450 Watt Peak
Power Supply Mounted
Top
PSU Main Connector 20+4Pin
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ITX
With Side Panel Window
No
Expansion
External 5.25″ Drive Bays
1
External 3.5″ Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays
1
Hot-Swap Drive Bays 1 Sliding Bays
Expansion Slots
4 Low Profile
With front LCD display
Yes
Front Ports
Front Ports
USB 2.0 x 2 , Audio & Mic
Cooling System
80mm Fans 1 x 80mm Top Fans
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H)
15.74″ x 4.09″ x 12.79″
Weight 9.50 lbs.
Features
Features
Included LCD Display

Supports Micro-ATX / ITX

Glossy Black Painting

Slim and compact design

Supports Low Profile Cards

Included Power Supply Sentey BCP450-OM

Today’s EIO post is on educational language software that can help you stay competitive in the expanding globalized workforce.

 

Why Is Language Education Practical And Needed

Increasing globalization has created a large need for people in the workforce who can communicate in multiple languages. The uses of common languages are in areas such as trade, tourism, international relations, technology, media, and science.  Hundreds of languages are available for self-study, from scores of publishers, for a range of costs, using a variety of methods. But here at EIO, we recommend going with computer software.

 

Why You Should Choose PC Software As Your Learning Method

Software can interact with the individual in ways that other learning methods cannot:
1. Software fits into your schedule and is accessible at any time you are in front of your computer.  It allows people to learn at their own pace and doesn’t have the inconvenience of being required to sit in a classroom or attend a lecture.

2. Some software records the learner, analyzes the pronunciation, and gives feedback. Learning from software is like getting individual tutoring from a teacher.  It’s all one-on-one instruction.

Take A Look At Some Of Our Products

 

TOPICS Entertainment Instant Immersion Spanish Levels 1,2 & 3

 

Spanish Levels 1-2 -3Windows/Mac
Model
Brand TOPICS Entertainment
Model 81122
Spec
Name Instant Immersion Spanish Levels 1,2 & 3
Type Learning
Operating Systems Supported Windows & Mac OS
Packaging Retail
Feature
Features Spanish Levels 1-2 -3 (v.2) Windows/Mac The Complete Language Learning System – Instant Immersion uses natural image association techniques to help you learn as easily as you learned your first language. With Instant Immersion, you will have more fun, save money and reach your goals faster. Contains 6 Language Learning CD ROMs + 3 Bonus Discs (Interactive DVD, Audio MP3 CD, “Who is Oscar Lake” game.) PC & Mac Compatible Minimum System Requirements: MAC OS X 10.3.9; Win XP/Vista, P4, 500 MHz, 512MB RAM, 1024 X 768 Color Display, Sound Card, CD ROM Drive

 

 

TOPICS Entertainment Instant Immersion English Levels 1-2-3

 

English Levels 1-2 -3
Windows/Mac
Model
Brand TOPICS Entertainment
Model 81124
Spec
Name Instant Immersion English Levels 1-2 -3
Type Learning
Operating Systems Supported Windows & Mac OS
Packaging Retail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TOPICS Entertainment Instant Immersion German Levels 1,2 & 3

 

German Levels 1-2 -3
Windows/Mac
Model
Brand TOPICS Entertainment
Model 81126
Spec
Name Instant Immersion German Levels 1,2 & 3
Type Learning
Operating Systems Supported Windows & Mac OS
Packaging Retail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOPICS Entertainment Instant Immersion Japanese Levels 1,2 & 3

 

Japanese Levels 1-2 -3
Windows/Mac
Model
Brand TOPICS Entertainment
Model 81128
Spec
Name Instant Immersion Japanese Levels 1,2 & 3
Type Learning
Operating Systems Supported Windows & Mac OS
Packaging Retail

There’s a lot more to the PS3 than just games, of course, so we’ve got PS3 accessories to make the most of the PlayStation’s gaming capabilities. There’s something for just about everyone available below.

 

 

THRUSTMASTER 2969089 Rally GT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition

 

“3 PEDALS” pedal set: wide and adjustable
works with the PS3 versions of: COLIN McRAE DiRT2 SUPERCAR CHALLENGE
Large and sturdy clamping system
Model
Brand THRUSTMASTER
Model 2969089
Specifications
Type Controller
Features
Features Also works with the PS3 versions of:
COLIN McRAE DiRT2 (Codemasters)
SUPERCAR CHALLENGE (System 3 Software Ltd)

“3 PEDALS” pedal set: wide and adjustable
3 pedals with wide foot rest
All 3 pedals are adjustable
Natural brake pedal resistance (for enhanced realism)

Many functions accessible directly on the wheel
10 action buttons (with 14 positions)
D-Pad (for car settings)
2 progressive levers + 2 digital levers

Exclusive “5 AXES” mode
Axis 1: Wheel
Axis 2: Gas
Axis 3: Brake
Axis 4: Clutch or left progressive cockpit view
Axis 5: Handbrake or right progressive cockpit view

Exclusive “Force” button
Lets you enable/disable re-centering directly during the game

2 gearshift methods (select between “Rally” or “GT” style driving)
Sequential gearshift stick (new life-size handle!)
2 digital levers behind the wheel (now reinforced)

High-quality materials
Oversized rubber-textured wheel
270° of rotation
Metal axle and ball bearing mechanism (for maximum precision and fluidity)
Mixed belt pulley and gears system (for a smooth and ultra-silent Force Feedback mechanism)
Large and sturdy clamping system

Force Feedback with TouchSense technology (licensed by Immersion Corporation)

THRUSTMASTER 2960703 T.Flight Hotas X FLight Stick

 

Programmable: the 12 buttons and 5 axles are entirely programmable.
Detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control
Model
Brand THRUSTMASTER
Model 2960703
Specifications
Type Joystick
Features
Features Wide hand-rest for optimal comfort

Programmable: the 12 buttons and 5 axles are entirely programmable.

(**) This joystick is not distributed under licence or with the approval of Microsoft Corporation / Ubisoft / 505 Games.

Detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control

Configurations by default:
PC : Flight Simulator X (**) Microsoft
PS3 & PC : Tom Clancy’s HawX (**) Ubisoft
PS3: IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of prey (**) 505 Games

Unique: Plug & Play for ultra-simple and fast installation with all functions pre-configured for immediate takeoff (without worrying about configuration)

Exclusive “MAPPING” button: all functions may be instantly switched around between each other

Dual-system aerodynamic control: by rotating handle (with integrated blocking system) or by progressive tilting lever

High-precision joystick with adjustable resistance

Trigger for brakes (civil flight) or for rapid fire (military flight) + multi-directional hat (panoramic view)

Internal memory: to save all of your programming, even with the joystick disconnected

Weighted base for greater stability

Exclusive “PRESET” button”: to switch, while playing, instantly from one programme to another

Turtle Beach EARFORCEP21 Ear Force PX21 Headset

 

Binaural
3.5 Connector
16 ft Cable length
Model
Brand Turtle Beach
Model EARFORCEP21
Headphone
Connectivity Technology Wired
Wireless Technology Not Applicable
Wireless Operating Distance Not Applicable
Sound Mode Stereo
Minimum Frequency Response 20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response 20 kHz
Earpiece Design Over-the-head
Earpiece Type Binaural
Features
Features The Ear Force PX21 integrates premium stereo game sound with crystal-clear communication on the PlayStation Network (PSN), XBOX LIVE and PC/Mac to create the definitive audio environment for playing popular game titles on all platforms. The PX21 is two headsets in one, a stereo USB headset for chat sound and an amplified stereo headset for game sound. If you’re serious about your PS3, XBOX 360 or PC gaming, then get serious about the sound. Move up to the Ear Force PX21 and become a better player while experiencing your games as they were meant to be heard.
Mad Catz MOV888810003/04/1 3DShot for PlayStationMove Motion Controller – Red

 

Wireless Controller
Red
Model
Brand MADCATZ
Model MOV888810003/04/1
Type Wireless Controller
Features
Features Arm yourself with the latest in motion-sensing weaponry: Mad Catz’ 3DShot for the PlayStation Move motion controller. With a realistic spring-loaded trigger—which activates the motion controller’s trigger when squeezed—the 3DShot enhances gameplay and puts you in the midst of all the action. The ergonomically balanced design with its weighted feel gives the impression that you’re holding a well-crafted implement of destruction. Whether you’re taking down zombie enemies or obliterating terrorists futilely trying to escape your deadly aim, the 3DShot has your shooter gameplay needs thoroughly covered.

Realistic spring-loaded trigger activates motion controller button
Securely holds PlayStation Move motion controller
Enhances game realism
Ergonomically balanced with weighted feel

Works Great With:

Resident Evil5: Gold Edition
Time Crisis Razing Storm

Today’s EIO post is on car electronics and the different products related to rear view cameras for automobiles.

What are Backup Cameras:

A backup camera is a special type of video camera that is produced specifically for the purpose of being attached to the rear of a vehicle to aid in backing up. Backup cameras are alternatively known as ‘reversing cameras’ or ‘rear view cameras’.

The design of a backup camera is distinct from other cameras in that the image is horizontally flipped so that the output is a mirror image. This is necessary because the camera and the driver face opposite directions, and without it, the camera’s right would be on the driver’s left and vice versa. A mirrored image makes the orientation of the display consistent with the physical mirrors installed on the vehicle. A backup camera typically sports a wide-angle or fisheye lens. While such a lens spoils the camera’s ability to see faraway objects, it allows the camera to see an uninterrupted horizontal path from one rear corner to the other. The camera is typically pointed on a downward angle, to view potential obstacles on the ground as well as the position of approaching walls and docks, rather than straight back.

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Pyle PLCM19 Low Lux Rear Camera Black Chrome Metal Lisence Plate Frame

 

Low Lux Rear Camera
Black Chrome Metal
License Plate Frame

 

Model
Brand Pyle
Model PLCM19
Specification
Type Back up Camera & Rear View Mirrors w/ Monitors
Features
Features
  • 420 TVL Horizontal Resolution
  • Waterproof Rating : IP67
  • Sensor Image: Color CMD Sensor
  • Low Light Capable
  • 17 Foot Male to Male RCA Video Cable
  • TV System: PAL/NTSC
  • Effective Pixels: 512 x 492
  • Resolution (TV Lines) : 420
  • Resolution (TV Lines) : 420
  • Video Output: 1.0V pp-77Ohm
  • Lens Angle: MAX 170°
  • Power Supply: DC 12V
  • Current Consuption (mA): 200mA
  • Dimension: 312 x 162 mm
  • Operating Temperature (Deg
  • C): -20 – +75 (RH95%MAX.)
  • Storage Temperature (Deg
  • C): -40 – +85 (RH95%MAX)
  • Sold as : Unit

 

PYLE PLCM7300BT 7″ Mirror Monitor W/ Rearview Night Vision Camera Built-In Bluetooth

 

7”TFT Mirror Monitor
Rear-View Night Vision Camera
Built-In Bluetooth

 

Model
Brand PYLE
Model PLCM7300BT
Type Rear View System
Specification
Dimensions Screen Dimensions: 10.19″ x 4.25″ x 1.81″

Camera Dimensions: 8.46″ x 1.29″ x 1.37″

Features
Features 7″ TFT (16:9) Wide Screen

Universal Clip On Existing Mirrors

Wireless Remote Control

Resolution: 480 x RGB x 234

Contrast Ratio: 400 CD/M2

Viewing Angle: U/D90° L/R120°

Power Consumption: 6W

Auto Switch PAL/NTSC

Dual Video Input(DVD/CAMERA/GAME)

Rearview Night Vision Camera

Built-In Bluetooth System

Display In-coming Calls

License Plate Mount

Anti Glare Mirror

 

PYLE PLCM24IR Universal Mount Rear View Backup Camera

 

Universal Mount Rear View Backup Camera
Model
Brand Pyle
Model PLCM24IR
Spec
Type Rear View Camera
Image Sensor 1/3″ Color CMD
Pixels 580 x 540
Resolution 420 TV Lines
Illumination 1.0 LUX (Min.)
View Angle 170°
Output Level 1.0 Vpp-75 Ohm
Power Requirement DC 12V
Dimensions 0.67″ x 0.67″ x 0.9″
Features
Features Water Proof 1/3″ Color CMD

17 Foot Male to Male RCA Video Cable

IP Rating: 68

Auto Image Adjustment

PYLE PLCM38FRV Universal Rear View Backup Color Camera

 

Universal Mount Optional Front View & Rear View Backup
Color CMD
Distance Scale Line Camera

 

Model
Brand Pyle
Model PLCM38FRV
Specification
Image Sensor 1.3″ Color DVD
Pixels 580 x 540
Resolution 8 420 TV Lines
Illumination 0.5 LUX (Min.)
View Angle 170°
Color System PAL / NTSC
Output Level 1.0 Vpp-75 Ohm
Power Requirement DC 12V
Dimensions 3.18″ x 2.95″ x 2.17″
Features
Features Water Proof Front & Rear View Camera

17 Foot Male To Male RCA Video Cable

Ip rating: 68

Auto Image Adjustment

LED Light For Night vision

Distance Scale Line

 

With the new release of the iPhone 5 in full swing, we are here to offer all of those who will not be upgrading to the new device a few reasons to be content with your older generation iPhone.  Here are some of our products to consider that are still compatible with your older device’s 30-pin connector. The new iPhone 5 has a new connection port called Lightning, and it’s not compatible with any existing hardware. Sure, you can buy a huge adapter for $29 (!), but this adapter won’t help connect all those accessories with built-in iPhone docks. Plus, the adapter is huge, and will no doubt be an eyesore against the new iPhone 5′s beautiful aesthetic.

And if you just bought a new car with a built-in 30-pin iPhone connector, the large white adapter is certain to detract from the intended seamless iPhone integration.

 

GRIFFIN 9562-NAVIGT Navigate Inline Controller and FM Radio

 

 

Model
Brand Griffin Technology
Series Navigate
Model 9562-NAVIGT
Type Others
iPod Compatibility
Yes
Features
Features
Compact inline remote control and radio for iPhone and iPod

Built-in OLED shows screen info from your iPod

Provides Playlist, EQ, and Shuffle Mode navigation

Play, Stop, Pause, Forward, Backward, and Scan controls that your fingers can locate by touch

FM stereo radio with RDS track info display and 4 station presets

Spec
Color Black
iPod Compatibility
2nd Gen iPod touch Compatible
Yes
1st Gen iPod touch Compatible
Yes
iPod classic Compatible
Yes
iPod video Compatible
Yes
4th Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
3rd Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
2nd Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
iPhone Compatible
Yes
iPhone 3G Compatible
Yes
iPhone 3G S Compatible
Yes

 

 

 

GRIFFIN 9783-TJ3 TuneJuice Charger for iPod / iPhone, Black

 

Model
Brand Griffin Technology
Model 9783-TJ3
Type Charger
iPod Compatibility
Yes
Features
Features
Charges iPhone or any iPod with a dock connector

Uses 4 AAA batteries (included)

Hours more music, video, talk time, web access

iPod Compatibility
2nd Gen iPod touch Compatible
Yes
1st Gen iPod touch Compatible
Yes
iPod classic Compatible
Yes
iPod video Compatible
Yes
5th Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
4th Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
3rd Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
2nd Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
1st Gen iPod nano Compatible
Yes
iPod mini Compatible
Yes
iPod Photo Compatible
Yes
iPhone Compatible
Yes
iPhone 3G Compatible
Yes
iPhone 3G S Compatible
Yes
GRIFFIN 10019-SIMPLIFI Simplifi Dock for iPod and iPhone with Card Reader and USB Hub, Aluminum

Model
Brand Griffin Technology
Series Simplifi
Model 10019-SIMPLIFI
Type Dock
iPod Compatibility
Yes
Features
Features
Charge/sync Hub For iPhone And IPod

Reads And Writes The Most Popular Digital Media Cards

2-port Powered USB Hub, Using Included AC Adapter

A Simple, Versatile Way To De-clutter Your Desktop

Spec
Color
White

 

Today’s EIO post is on products that can be used to get your kids involved in learning mechanics and strengthening their technical skills.

Pros of Getting Your Kid Involved in Do-It-Yourself Projects

Although children get the fundamentals of math and science at school, it is beneficial to reinforce this knowledge with projects that spur their enthusiasm and excitement for learning more about the way the world works.  From building blocks in kindergarten to legos in elementary school, kids have always been inclined to building things with their own hands.  With some of our products, you can continue to foster your kids enthusiasm for learning with some more advanced DIY projects.

OWI OWI-MSK613 3 In 1 Solar Stallion

This solar-powered kit helps kids understand the benefits of renewable energyEasy-to-build equine choices: ‘Horse Trainer’, ‘Pegasus’, or ‘Chariot’.
Model
Brand OWI
Model OWI-MSK613
Specifications
Type Educational Solar Kit
Features
Features Triple your fun in the sun with 3- in-1 Solar Stallion. This solar-powered kit helps kids understand the benefits of renewable energy while creating their own fun, battery-free toy. It’s exciting to watch solar energy make the product come to life, and this hand-on approach to science and building creates a tangible lesson in solar energy for girls and boys alike.

Young horse lovers will especially enjoy assembling and re-assembling these easy-to-build equine choices:  ‘Horse Trainer’, ‘Pegasus’, or ‘Chariot’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VELLEMAN KNS10 FUEL CELL CAR SCIENCE KIT

Fuel cell that combines electrolysis and power conversion into one single device.
Model
Brand VELLEMAN
Model KNS10
Specifications
Type Fuel Cell Car Kit
Features
Features This Fuel Cell Car Science Kit uses a reversible PEM fuel cell that combines electrolysis and power conversion into one single device. Watch as oxygen and hydrogen gases are formed in two transparent water containers. The car steers independently of the user once in operation: when the car hits a barrier, it will automatically find its way by reversing away 90 degrees. This fun science kit combines cutting-edge science, education and fun for all!

  • recommended age: 14 years and up
  • this kit contains:
    • PEM reversible fuel cell module
    • car chassis & wheels
    • electric motor
    • flashing LED lights
    • water vessels
    • gas collectors
    • connector cables
    • syringe
    • battery pack for 2x 1.5V AA batteries (LR6C, not incl.)
    • user manual on CD

 

 

 

 

 

VELLEMAN KNS11 H-RACER 2.0 (IR) & HYDROGEN STATION KIT

Futuristic hydrogen car science kit is an amazing way to demonstrate the use of cutting-edge alternative energy
Model
Brand VELLEMAN
Model KNS11
Specifications
Type Hydrogen Station Kit
Features
Features This futuristic hydrogen car science kit is an amazing way to demonstrate the use of cutting-edge alternative energy and automotive technologies. Its partly transparent body displays the inner mechanics of the car. The car’s assembly instructions make it easy and fun to build, and also provides interesting education on real-world challenges.

  • recommended age: 12 years and up
  • this kit contains:
    • H-racer chassis & body
    • fuel cell system components
    • hydrogen refuelling station (2 x 1.5V AA, LR6C, not incl.)
    • solar panel & connectors
    • infrared remote control (3 x LR44, not incl.)
    • assembly & operation manual