A new gadget, created by a local inventor may be on it’s way to the patent office and then into a home near you.
Sam Evangelou, known as being the man behind the pizzas and sub sandwiches from the Pizzeria in Weaverville, has developed what is being called the A/C Power Box, a device capable of running a normal LED lightbulb, an emergency radio, and a string of a 100 christmas lights on one, what would be considered by most, dead AA battery.
The device is seemingly simple, a typical wall power outlet and switch and an enclosed box which contains the devices inner workings. On the outside of the box, is a housing for two AA batteries, although, Evangelou has made other A/C Power Boxes with other battery configurations.
Helping him with the business aspects of his invention is Jim Ferry. Ferry recently moved to the Weaverville area after a career in international technology sales and marketing.
To demonstrate, Evanagelou was using several different items, such as typical LED bulbs with an A/C power adapter, a string of 100 christmas lights and a radio, which were connected to the box. Each of these items were connected to their own box, but to further demonstrate the versatility, Evangelou removed one of two batteries, which had no visible affect on the power output off the lights or in the function of the radio. Read more...
“The box runs, effectively, on dead batteries,” Ferry explained “It runs on one and half volts. It’s self recharging, so I call this the next step after renewable power.”
“It’s got self charging capability to some effect,” Evangelou explained, adding that eventually the batteries will die completely, though he has never measured how long that would take. The [ITALICS] Tribune [ITALICS] have been in possession of one such device since last summer, and to date, the device has not needed a new battery in that time, despite use. The recharging capability functions whether the device is on or off.
The device will run a 120 volt light as well, though Ferry and Evangelou say on a “limited basis.” Says Ferry, “the things we’re really focused on are lights, a radio, and anything else that might be an associated with any time of emergency.” He adds, “With the one that Sam built for me, I’ve probably been running on two dead batteries for 10 to 12 hours and it’s just like it’s brand new.”
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