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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: ECOFLOW River 2 Power Stations

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we showed how new Power Stations can be used to help consumers save on rising energy costs. EcoFlow River 2 series is about to hit the Australian market with updated LFP Battery Chemistry. As always we were among the first to try them out in Australia and they are impressive. Most people will use them for camping and travel but they are ideal for home backup. 

The River 2 models can be used for is as a backup device for when there’s a blackout. It can detect a power loss then quickly witch over to the battery in 30ms. These units use This allows RIVER 2 Series models to charge and discharge around 3000 times (approximately 10 years of use) before its battery capacity drops to 80%. They are very safe. EcoFlow produced some insane testing videos which we show in this segment.

The RIVER 2 series can be match with portable solar panels for charing on the go.

WORLD’S FIRST CORDLESS STICK VACUUM WITH STEAM MOP ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

The MACH V1 Ultra is the world’s first cordless vacuum with steam-mopping capabilities for $1,499 from Smart appliances brand by eufy Clean. It packs a serious cleaning punch and will no doubt be huge in Aussie homes.

SteamWave™ Technology

The SteamWave™ technology is best suited to stubborn mess, It works by first dissolving the stain and then vacuuming and mopping the surface. The steam is continually released at a high temperature of 110℃ in order to remove dirt and bacteria. As an added safety feature the V1 Ultra is equipped with overheat protection, which pauses the steam delivery whenever the vacuum is lifted off the ground. 

Eco-Clean Ozone™ Disinfection

Perfect for families, the sterilisation technology is used to sanitise the floor, and later, sanitises the vacuum itself, including the rolling brush. Upon disinfecting the floor, the ozone breaks down into oxygen, making it non-toxic and most importantly, effective. According to a study done by the Technical Inspection Association (TUV) and Environmental Protection Agency, ozone technology reduces germs by up to 99%. For this reason, the V1 Ultra was awarded the first TUV certificate for a product of this calibre.

Additional features of the V1 Ultra include:

  • Tesla Valve Mixing™ Technology –  built in generator that precisely proportions and mixes the cleaning solution with water and, with the push of a button, releases the proper amount of solution for optimal cleaning. 

  • JetBlade™ Anti-Slip – This feature emits air to dry the floor as it mops, minimising the risk of slipping on hardwood floors.

  • Triple Self-Clean System – The V1 Ultra has a three-fold self-cleaning system that cleans, disinfects and dries the rolling brush, tube and vacuum body at the same time with the press of a button.

  • Long-Lasting Battery – This cordless stick vacuum is powered by Anker’s industry leading battery technology and offers 82 minutes* of runtime on a single charge

  • JetStream™ Powerful Suction & noise cancellation – Equipped with suction power of 16,800Pa, perfect for picking up mess on hard floors, the V1 Ultra also comes with three-layered noise-cancelling technology that ensures noise levels stay below 65dB, about the same level as a dishwasher.

CANON STILL NUMBER 1 AS EOS R50 IS RELEASED

Canon has maintained Number 1 share of the global market for 20 consecutive years – 2003 to 2022 – for digital SLR and mirrorless cameras. The milestone comes as Canon releases new ‘affordable’ mirrorless cameras like this R50. People ask me all the time – what’s a good entry level interchangeable lens camera that’s affordable? Well … they don’t really say ‘interchangeable lens’ but it’s something similar. The new answer is this: the EOS R50. It’s a 24MP APS-C Mirrorless camera that can also shoot 4K video.  The R50 is the ultimate travel companion with its lightweight design (375g). It has many of the features you’ll find in top models. The RRP is $1399 AUD with a kit lens but I’ve already spotted it for a cheaper price.

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Laser’s ChargeCore Power Bank Will Solve Your Smartwatch Recharge Problems

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I think the Apple Watch is a wonderful piece of technology. I absolutely love it. But like all portable tech, keeping it charged can be a challenge. It’s especially important now with the extra benefits you get from sleep tracking data.

There are many portable smartwatch chargers out there but the Laser ChargeCore Keyring Power Bank is just perfect for me. I stumbled across it while searching for something else on Laser’s website.

As I said on Sky News Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert in the video above, it can be hard to lock down a time to recharge your watch if you’re out and about all day. A portable smartwatch charger is a good idea but only if the form factor means it’s easy to carry. Fortunately this keyring model takes care of that issue.

Only last week I took a flight to Melbourne for the F1 Grand Prix but my Apple Watch was flat. Thanks to the ChargeCore I was back up and running during the flight. It says on the box that it’s good for two to three full recharge cycles and I found that to be the case.

Inside the charger you’ll find a 1,000 mAh battery with a power output of 3 watts. The charger is recharged via USB-C cable. Please note – you can’t charge another device via this port.

Initially I thought it would be too big to travel with but I found it takes up about the same amount of space as my car key.

The great news is there’s a version for Galaxy Watch too. Both are priced at A$59.95.

CHARGECORE POWERBANK MADE FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH

CHARGECORE APPLE WATCH POWER BANK

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Get Ready for Blackouts with Portable Power Stations

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Australians can expect a once-in-a-decade surge in electricity demand this summer and that could mean blackouts and power outages.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Michael Gatt said recently, “This year’s summer forecast is for hot and dry El Niño conditions, increasing the risk of bushfires and extreme heat, which could see electricity demand reach a 1-in-10-year high across the eastern states and in Western Australia.

“The entire industry has been focusing and continues to focus on managing possible risks for the summer ahead, particularly during high demand periods.”

Making things worse, storms, like we saw across the country this week.

So what can we do about it as members of the public? The easiest way to handle power outages is buying portable, rechargeable, power stations. Battery technology has improved dramatically in recent years making portable power stations more powerful and reliable. They aren’t just for camping … they are THE SIMPLEST SOLUTION to overcoming blackouts and power outages.

EcoFlow has a wide range of power stations

As I explained in the video above on Sky News, I made use of EcoFlow power stations during the week after the power was cut in our suburb. We received about ten minutes notice so it gave me a chance to set a few of the newer units up for ‘real world’ testing.

You can power everything from your TV to your fridge – or your whole home at once. If you have something that is vital to keep running – find out how much power it draws – then match it with the appropriate power station.

“”So forget the candles, get a power station instead. “

Then, if you leave it plugged in all the time, not only will your power station keep your fridge running for days (depending on fridge and power station) it will automatically cut in when the power goes out. It does it so fast the TV doesn’t even notice. It essentially behaves like an UPS or uninterruptable power supply.

This Hisense TV ran smoothly on an EcoFlow power station.

The NBN is likely to go dark as well during a power outage, even if you supply power to the modem and router. Staying online should be as simple as using you smartphone of 5G modem. But this may also have issues.

In this scenario, satellite backup is a fantastic option. I would recommend Starlink’s Roaming service. The hardware costs A$599 and monthly subscription A$174. The great thing about this plan is its ‘pause’ option. So after setting it up, you can pause the plan between trips across Australia. As summer begins, reactivate, just in case of blackouts.

Starlink will keep you online when all else fails

Starlink will run for days on larger power stations. So forget the candles, get a power station instead.

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Li-ion Tamer can help prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires

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Lithium-ion battery fires are on the rise and continue to challenge firefighters around the world. But what if we had technology that could warn us before a battery ignites? In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we revealed to the general public that type of technology does exist. And it’s been around for some time, it’s just .. no one outside of the industry knows about it.

It’s called Li-ion Tamer, a plug-and-play rack system by Honeywell that detects off-gassing preceding thermal runaway battery failures. The end result is a fire which is extremely difficult to extinguish.

Image Matrix Tech explains Li-ion Tamer on Sky News Australia Weekend Edition

As I explain in the segment, Li-ion Tamer provides up to 20 minutes warning that a battery is about to fail. This gives the operator of a large battery array the chance to intervene and prevent disaster.

This system is designed for large business operations but there is no reason why Li-ion Tamer, now up to Gen 3, can’t be applied to domestic situations in the near future.

Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries power most of our modern products but when they fail they are destructive and deadly. So it’s my hope that Li-ion Tamer can expand its reach to help protect all of us soon.

Image Matrix Tech will be looking in-depth into this technology later this week. Keep an eye on our socials for details.

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