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December 02, 2008

Human-Powered Laptops Now In Beta from Easy Energy

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Easy Energy, the inventor and manufacturer of the Yogen product suite, a series of man-powered generators for recharging cellular phones and small electronics devices, has announced that it has completed the first prototype of its patented foldable laptop charger, known as the Yogen Max, a product that charges laptops without the need to depend on any external power source.

Except for your own sweat, of course. Grunting optional.

“This product will allow for the complete charging of a laptop anywhere in the world, inside or outside, wired or not,” claims Guy Ofir, Chief Executive Officer of Easy Energy. 
A can of Red Bull not included, but suggested. And when do we have one for cars?
Ofir said the firm’s fine Chief Engineer Alexandar Sromin “and the rest of the team” are working to move the development process of the Yogen Max forward towards the consumer market, a goal we anticipate meeting during 2009.”
Easy Energy is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Naariya, Israel.
Okay, that’s all for… what’s that? The energy-saving tips? Oh, all right, we’re nice guys:
Turn off unneeded lights. I know – you’ve heard this a zillion times. Guess what – it’s still true. And you’re still not doing. Hey nobody said saving energy is rocket science.
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs, known for substantial energy savings – they use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescents, and last longer.
Install motion sensors on lights in your home, which turn on only when movement is detected and turn off automatically. These work particularly well for outdoor lamps, which can also boost security.
Turn off your computer at night. Starve vampire electricity as well. Hey, I bet there are some of you out there who haven’t gotten a Windows update in months. You get those when you turn your computer off, you know.
Laptop computers draw only 15 to 25 watts during regular use, as compared to the 150 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor. Plus, laptops also draw just a fraction of a watt when in sleep mode.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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