Friday, December 29th 2006

Samsung dock powers notebook for a month


Samsung Electronics has developed a docking station containing a 1200-watt-hour fuel cell, which is capable of powering a laptop for an enormous length of time. Designed for Samsung’s Q35 ultra portable notebook, this dock can potentially power the machine for eight hours a day, five days a week for one month. The company is now working on a miniature version to provide 15 hours of power. This dock should hit the shops towards the end of 2007.Source: The Inquirer, Image: Akihabaranews.com
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20 Comments on Samsung dock powers notebook for a month

#2
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
it must be early cause i completely miss the purpose of this. first off, i dont see anyone lugging that thing around. the purpose of a laptop is mobility! second, no purpose for home use since you can just plug in your ac adaptor. what am i missing?
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#3
EviLZeD
yea thats true maybe if u wanna watch movies on a long journey or play games for long then its kinda handy but it looks quite big to carry
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#4
Jimmy 2004
by: Easy Rhino
it must be early cause i completely miss the purpose of this. first off, i dont see anyone lugging that thing around. the purpose of a laptop is mobility! second, no purpose for home use since you can just plug in your ac adaptor. what am i missing?
The potential of what this will be like in a few years time.
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#5
W1zzard
yep its a good start, over a few years this will be miniaturized to fit into a regular notebook battery
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: W1zzard
yep its a good start, over a few years this will be miniaturized to fit into a regular notebook battery
alright, thats what i figured. you gotta start somewhere right? and to pay for the R&D you gotta sell some early units to continue pushing forward. there has been such little advancement in batteries over the past 15 years. finally something new.
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#7
Pinchy
yup, always gotta start somewhere :)
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#8
NamesDontMatter
what kind of fuelcells are we talking about here? Fuel Cells in general are very expensive. I question how they will be able to make something like this affordable.
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#9
Wile E
Power User
That's pretty cool. They're developing a smaller one, too. Good for 15Hrs, sounds interesting to me. The only thing I don't like is the idea of having a bunch of Methanol sitting in my lap. lol
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#10
jocksteeluk
by: Easy Rhino
it must be early cause i completely miss the purpose of this. first off, i dont see anyone lugging that thing around. the purpose of a laptop is mobility! second, no purpose for home use since you can just plug in your ac adaptor. what am i missing?
not all people get a laptop for mobility, alot of my friends have laptops to save space and i think an extended power supply like this could lend itself to operations where space is paramout such as sailing on a boat
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#12
Wile E
Power User
by: zekrahminator
Fuel cells :twitch:.
Yep. Apparently they're not just for cars anymore. lol
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#13
Jimmy 2004
Imagine what will happen when Sony start making these... they could be used as weapons.
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Thats pretty awesome. Too bad they dont work with any other laptop. Im sure its got to cost some dineiro to get this. Hell, extra 12Hr or 12 cell batteries for a laptop are like 300 or 400 bucks.
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#15
Dippyskoodlez
by: jocksteeluk
not all people get a laptop for mobility, alot of my friends have laptops to save space and i think an extended power supply like this could lend itself to operations where space is paramout such as sailing on a boat
I got a laptop simply because its a portable desktop.

Wanna play WoW at a friends? Just plug the laptop in. On the go? Just fire'er up.

You lose a lot of battery life this way, but its much more effective than lugging an SFF+LCD around.

and nicer :toast:
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#16
mout12
This thing is not necessary. The only time you'd need a laptop for that length of time, is if you take long flights overseas; however, on most oversea flights, there are power sources in nearly every seat.
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#17
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
ppl who are on laptops all day will use them you know ppl who use their laptops for work techies and such would use the crap outta these things
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#18
Pinchy
by: Jimmy 2004
Imagine what will happen when Sony start making these... they could be used as weapons.
lol yeah, you wouldnt one of these catching fire/exploding on your lap :p
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#19
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: Jimmy 2004
Imagine what will happen when Sony start making these... they could be used as weapons.
:roll: I remember when I was in the fourth grade and did science experiments with balloons filled with hydrogen. I'd hate to see what something with that much concentrated hydrogen would do.

But on the flipside, first convenient (and low cost) application of fuel cells!
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#20
Grugbug
We have to start somewhere.And as far as exploding or such.fuel cells put the hydrogen,methanol,etc...in a substrate-matrix so any crack or rupture will release the fuel very slowly.And as with any new technology,I'm sure it will cost uber bucks.
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