We at gadgetshop do secretly advocate the fine art of procrastination. Hence why we all surreptitiously sneak Procrastinater Desk Pads under our keyboards, and have keys to the infamous basement closet. To be approached with caution, this harbours a multitude of USB gadgets that management are unaware we turn to in times of need – from Missile Launchers to Plasma Balls. So imagine our surprise to discover there are a handful of USB gadgets that are actually, dare we say it, useful. And productive. Take these USB rechargeable batteries – a concept straight out of the ‘now why didn’t I think of that’ bag. These are ordinary nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries with a USB adaptor hidden under the positive end. To charge, simply connect it to a USB port in your desktop PC, laptop, games console, powered hub etc. USBCells can be charged to over 90 per cent of their capacity over a standard USB port in about 5 hours.
They’ll work in all devices that accept AA batteries including digital cameras, wireless mice and keyboards, and remote-controlled cars. So go forth and prepare to save oodles of cash. And the environment. USB batteries could save energy as they don’t need to be used with charging cradles, and will dramatically reduce the volume of alkaline batteries thrown away each year. They’re also mighty convenient when travelling with a laptop or other gadgets, as you won’t need to carry chargers or cables. And for those of you who worry your USB ports will turn into hubs of productivity, panic not. Simply use these to power your Remote Controlled Duck. Problem Solved.