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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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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.

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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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Belkin Magnetic Wireless 5K Power Bank on Sale

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SUPERCHARGE YOUR TRAVEL GAME

Belkin’s latest portable Magnetic Wireless Power Bank not only gives you a 5000 mAh MagSafe wireless charger, it also gives you a hands-free way to consume media with a fold out metal kick-stand.

It delivers safe 7.5 watts of wireless charging power to your device (iPhone 12 or later) without cables or a need to connect to a power source.

There’s a enough energy stored for up to 19 hours of video playback for an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 14.

It supports pass-through wireless charging when connected to a power source so you can stay connected while you give your power bank a power-up. Its USB-C port delivers up to 10W of charging power to a wide variety of compatible devices.

Other Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 5K + Stand features:

  • Overcharge protection protects your device for a safe and powerful charge   
  • Connected Equipment Warranty covers up to $2,500 for peace of mind   
  • Seamless magnetic attachment whether on-the-go or stationary  
  • Doesn’t obstruct device camera when attached  
  • Compact and light design goes anywhere  
  • LED battery indicator lights lets you know when it’s time to recharge 

It’s now available in black and white options from JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Belkin online and Amazon among other retailers for A$69.95.

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