Better Measurements

I've been excited to get some better measurements for how much power I am using when charging various batteries during the day, and this new usb power hub is absolutely wonderful. Eventually I’ll be giving all the devices I try a proper review, especially the ones I return. But I really enjoyed my first day with the device as I was quickly able to identify which batteries were fully charged, because they dropped to zero amps.

I’m excited to turn this screen into a data source which I can take action against once I have my webcam to text software up and running. That’s going to be so useful for making everyday items that are no way connected to anything feel like they’re part of the iot (internet of things) and start being part of my home automation system.

Also this device let me suck so much more power out of the battery while I had connected to the solar cell. Every day I kept running into the situation where hit 100% charge on my jackery device and at that point I’m no longer making use of my solar cell during useful hours since I only have one such inverter.

I’m planning a go fund me soon to change that and being this experiment to the next level, but for $30 I was able to get the device to pull 30W and I couldn’t be happier. It can charge 7 USB devices at a total of 15A and charge one USB-C at 3A. This is a lot of quick charging. And from what I can tell the AC to DC conversion is wasting about 5W which isn’t too bad. It would be nice if this device ran on DC.

I also bought an Anker power hub that’s similar. That’s my favorite brand for usb hubs but that one contained no read-outs for energy usage despite being a bit more money than the hub from Slitinto. I bought it because it was listed as a car charger so I expected it to run off of a DC cigarette lighter, but sadly it does not. So back to Amazon it goes. Though it looks like a fine device.

I haven’t unboxed it yet, but I did receive a Power strip from Kasa which has an API in python to enable/disable specific sockets as well as read data on power usage per plug. Since I want to incorporate power usage as a criteria for deciding how to route software calls rather than just fastest execution, this package is ideal for connecting up to.

On a side note, I’ve been working on my Final Cut Pro skills, and I was able to make this perfect looping video of some clouds with the name solar-powered cloud which I intend to use as the background for my new website that these blog posts will also be featured on. That website will talk about the llc of the same name and discuss my view that we could be making far more optimized software to push back against planned obsolescence and be able to use our desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones much longer through the magic of distributed computing and thin client technology, all bundled in a middleware for hosting cross-platform progressive web applications.

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