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Mobile was big at this year's show

Kingston had a few products on display, including the new DataTraveler Locker+ G3 series flash drive. The main emphasis of the DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is to provide unmatched security for the user. The flash drive features password protection with onboard hardware encryption.

In addition, the DataTraveler Locker+ G3 supports the USB 3.0 interface, providing read speeds of up to 135MB/sec and write speeds of up to 40MB/sec. The flash drive will be available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.
Kingston was also showing of its first PCIe SSD, while will fall under the HyperX Predator line. The SSD features an LSI SandForce SF3700 controller and the prototype board that we saw was hitting 1800MB/sec read speeds.

We were told that the HyperX Predator would launch during H2 2014.

Moving on over to Patriot, the company was showing off a number of mobile charging products in its suite. It seems as though a lot of players are moving into the mobile market as they see margins on the PC dry up. And Patriot is looking to differentiate itself by including LED flashlights on at least two its mobile charging solutions.

The Fuel Active has a 6000 mAh battery, and is designed for “outdoors enthusiasts”. It features a rugged plastic housing, 2-port charging (1A and 2.5A) and an integrated USB cable. It also features a 3-stage LED flashlight along its long side. The LED lights can stay solid, flash, or go into a full strobe effect.
Patriot also displayed a smaller, 2000 mAh version of its active line with a metal housing and built in LED flashlight.

Lastly, Patriot gave us a glimpse of a thin, flexible ceramic battery -- appropriately named "Flex" -- that was about as thick as a couple of business cards stacked on top of each other. The company says that the battery is simply a prototype at this stage, but it could possibly be used in clothing or perhaps even a backpack to charge your devices, while taking up minimal space.

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Voltage missing
By UpSpin on 1/11/2014 11:59:28 AM , Rating: 4
Stop posting useless mAh numbers. They only get a meaning once you also list the voltage.

For example the Nexus 5 has a 2300mAh 3.7V battery, resulting in a stored energy of 8.5Wh.

The 2000mAh active flashlight battery has also 3.7V (7Wh) or is it just a NiMh battery with 1.2V (2.4Wh) or a LiFePO4 with 3.3V (6.6Wh) or what? The difference is huge and important!

RE: Voltage missing
By JAMF on 1/11/2014 2:03:54 PM , Rating: 2
USB has to supply 5V, so there's your desired voltage.

RE: Voltage missing
By coburn_c on 1/11/2014 7:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
USB has to supply 5V, so there's your desired voltage.

well that would be a neat trick

it's probably two cell lithium, so ~7.2v at full charge

of course this drops as the charge drops

RE: Voltage missing
By Captain Orgazmo on 1/11/2014 8:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
Most lithium cells have a nominal voltage of ~3.7V, with a full charge at ~4.2V, and a protected shut off around 3 volts. During discharge, the voltage quickly drops from 4.2V, then most energy is released between 4 and 3.5V, followed by a sharp drop-off in voltage until fully discharged. Allowing the voltage to drop below a certain threshold (typically 2.4-2.7V) will destroy the anode.

RE: Voltage missing
By coburn_c on 1/12/2014 12:44:43 PM , Rating: 2
A full trickle charge will result in a reading of 4.2v, but once they are put under load they will read about 3.7v. (assuming common lithium chemistry)

A USB quick charger needs higher voltage to push the charge from one battery to another and if the target device is two cell it may not dispense all its charge as the two devices will equalize.

RE: Voltage missing
By flyingpants1 on 1/11/2014 3:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
Almost all of these cells are 3.7-3.8v.

The manufacturers call em 10,000Ah so blame them

RE: Voltage missing
By Captain Orgazmo on 1/11/2014 7:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
It is annoying, but the manufacturers do it on purpose. To add to the confusion, Volt-amps do not necessarily equal watts after running through a circuit (especially after changing to AC). Really, battery capacity should be measured in the correct unit of energy, Kilojoules or Joules, combined with a rating for number of recharges until half-capacity, and storage time until half of the charge is lost.

Of course, that will never happen, because marketing teams rely on the uninformed public to go for gimmicks and slogans like the a pink rabbit banging on drum or the easy to remember "copper top" name. Similar to how motor oil or gasoline is marketed: no real data, just BS.

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