DEMO - Moixa's USB batteries

We just saw a presentation by Moixa Energy of its USB-enabled batteries --rechargables with a built-in USB connector that lets you charge them by plugging them into a PC's USB port.

Moixa's CEO came on stage with a tangle of power cords, touting USBCell as an antidote to road warriors' overloaded briefcases full of bricks and adapters. I'm not sure about that. For one thing, the only USBCells currently available are AAs--I don't know about you, but even though I typically travel with a notebook, a phone, a camera, an MP3 player, and a travel router, none of them take AAs. And those devices that do take AAs sometimes take a bunch of them--while notebooks often only have a couple of USB ports.

Moixa is working on 9V USB batteries (I'm not sure when I last traveled with anything that takes a 9-volt). But they also told us about something that could be cool and widely useful--cell-phone batteries with USB connectors for charging. Even that seems like less than a breakthrough given that you can already buy a USB cable that'll let you recharge your phone's battery without removing it.

Moixa is also touting the fact that inserting one of its batteries could cause your PC to display a reminder to buy more batteries, or take you to the Web site of one of its partners. Um, that doesn't sound like a selling point to me...

Hey, I'm sold on using USB to recharge stuff--that's how I keep my Treo and iPod powered when I'm on the road. And I like clever uses of USB (I swear by SanDisk's remarkably inventive USB-ready SD cards). But I don't think I need any of Moixa's currently-announced products. If you've got AA-powered gadgets, your mileage may vary.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Harry McCracken

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?