Elgato’s latest smartplug is a super-cool energy watchdog [Review]


Elgato's Eve Energy Switch and Power Meter will track and control all your pluggable devices.
Smarten up your house with Elgato's newest energy switch.
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Lust List: Eve Energy Switch and Power Meter by Elgato

Thanks to this cool little HomeKit gadget from Elgato, I know exactly how much energy my PlayStation 4 uses (79 watts). I also know how much energy is sucked away by my living room lamp (40 watts), my big HDTV (143 watts) and my Apple TV (8 watts).

All I did was plug each of these devices into Elgato’s new Eve Energy Switch and Power Meter, and then pull up the associated app on my iPhone to get instant information on the power being pulled through whatever I’ve plugged in.

The smartplug is also voice-activated, letting me turn on and off whatever device is attached to it.

Neat, huh?

Globally, Every iPhone 5 Put Together Could Power Cedar Rapids, Iowa



The iPhone 5 has a slightly bigger battery than the iPhone 4S, but it’s still not enough to break the bank to charge over the gadget’s lifetime: according to energy efficiency experts Opower, the iPhone 5 should only cost about forty-one cents per year to charge.

In the aggregate, though, that’s a lot of power: enough to power Cedar Rapids, Michigan Iowa.

Going Camping? Take The BioLite And Charge Your iPhone With Fire


BioLite should be the first thing you pack for your next camping trip.
BioLite should be the first thing you pack for your next camping trip.

I hate camping. I don’t see the appeal in sleeping in a cold, damp tent, with no access to a shower or electricity. Once your iOS devices run out of battery, what is there to do?

Well, with the BioLite, they won’t run out of battery, because you can charge them by burning almost anything you can get your hands on, including twigs, sticks, leaves, pine cones, or your best friend’s favorite book.