power week

Repairing A Live High Voltage Power Line Is Absolutely Insane

Imagine fixing a live high voltage power line. Imagine flying a helicopter to go fix that live high voltage power line. Yes, a helicopter that could chop off the line and destroy everything. Imagine wrapping an electrical band-aid on that live high voltage power line. Yes, using your hands to wrap wire around the damaged wire bursting with electricity. This is one scary job. Watch it.


Why Don't We Charge All Our Gadgets With Solar Power?

Keeping your gadgets going with power is tricky business, which is a little unusual when you consider that there’s an immense source of power constantly erupting over our heads. At a gadget level, there’s plenty of solar chargers out there, but uptake has been relatively slow — and for a very good reason.


Phone Battery Boosters: What's Your Solution?

Between Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, bigger screens, brighter games and busier lives, there’s a lot taxing the battery in your smartphone right now. Thankfully, there are a lot of options when it comes to keeping the juice flowing. Which strategy do you use?


Dual-Action Wind Turbine Generates Power And Water

Throughout the developing world, millions of people struggle with a shortage of clean water and steady electricity. This wind turbine could solve both problems in one shot by pulling both power and water straight from the wind.


Prize-Winning LED Lightbulb To Arrive Just In Time For Earth Day

Philips, the Netherlands-based lightbulb manufacturer that won a 2007 congressional contest to create an energy-saving replacement for the incandescent 60-watt bulb, plans to start selling their LED bulb (the “L bulb”) in stores just in time for Earth Day, this Sunday.


What Impact Will The Carbon Tax Have On Real Power Prices?

Research out of the University of Queensland suggests that the impact of the Carbon Tax won’t be as bad as imagined — but some states will do markedly better than others.


Which Power Board Strategy Makes The Most Sense?

We’ve examined the price of power already; now it’s time to move on to providing power in the most economical way. Is it worth getting a dedicated fancy power board to save yourself some cash, or just sticking to a generic model?


Which Australian States Have The Cheapest Electricity?

It’s Power Week here at Gizmodo Australia, where we’ll look at the basics of the juice that runs all our highly prized gadgets, how you can maximise it and what the future holds. First up: You can’t have power week without the basics of power, but pricing remains a highly contentious issue.