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Zendure SuperBase 500: World’s lightest, most compact 518Wh power station

It weighs about the same as a pet cat, but unlike a cat, it can recharge your smartphone about 40 times.



How do you keep your tech running when you are going off-grid, or when the power goes out?

Power banks are great, but if you are going off-grid for an extended time, need to power more than a couple of devices at once, or you want to have access to AC power to run essentials such as CPAP machines or coffee makers, then you need something with a little more power.

Something like the Zendure SuperBase 500.

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I’ve been testing a UK version of the SuperBase 500 (outputting 220-240V instead of the US 110V, and featuring 3-prong UK power outlets rather than the US counterparts) for a couple of weeks, and I’ve found my new favorite power station.

I’ve tested a number of power stations over the years, and one thing that I’ve found is that even the smaller ones are big and bulky. This is the first difference between the SuperBase 500 and the competition. Despite housing 518Wh of battery capacity and being capable of outputting 600W, the SuperBase 500 compact and lightweight compared to the competition.

For example, one of its rivals, the Jackery Explorer 500, is 20 percent heavier (6kg vs. 5kg) and 133 percent bigger (14l vs. 6l) than the SuperBase 500.

The SuperBase 500 is also much cheaper, coming in at $459, compared to the $599 for the Explorer 500.

Another welcomed difference between the SuperBase 500 and the Explorer 500 that I’ve noticed is the handles — the handle on the SuperBase 500 is far more comfortable and ergonomic.

On the outputs front, the SuperBase 500 is bristling with ports.

  • 2 x DC outputs (12V/10A, 120W)
  • 2 x USB-C (1 x 5-20V/60W, 1 x 5V/3A, 15W)
  • 2 x USB-A (1 x 5-12V/18W, 1 x 5V/3A, 15W)
  • 12V auxiliary output
  • 2 x AC (110V/600W)

Yes, nine outputs. And not only that, but you can use them simultaneously! Under low loads, the unit is silent, but push it hard under higher AC loads and the cooling fan kicks on, so this might be a consideration when it comes to placement of the unit, especially if it is going to be used them people are sleeping.

There’s also a single 10-30V/95W DC input that can take a variety of inputs, from an adapter to a solar panel (I only received the solar panel the other day, so I’ve not yet had time to test that). The unit can also be recharged from the USB-C PD port. For the fastest recharge possible, you can hook up both the DC input and the USB-C PD port.

Using the DC input it will take about 3.5 hours to recharge the unit.

There’s also a convenient LED light on the front, perfect for camping or when the lights go out.

As for how long the unit will run for, it depends on what you’re recharging or powering using it. You’ll get about 40 recharges of a smartphone, about 9 hours of CPAP runtime, or 45 minutes out of a coffee maker.

Not only does load affect runtime, ambient temperature is also another factor, although I’ve tested it down to close to 0 degrees centigrade and didn’t find this had much of an effect on the runtime.

The shell of the unit is a tough ABS plastic shell that’s good at resisting bumps and knocks. However, due to the cooling slots, the unit is not water- or dust-resistant. Mine has been knocking about in the trunk of a car, hauled to an outdoor video shoot, dropped off a wall, and accidentally had logs fall on it, and it doesn’t seem to have suffered at all.

The Zendure SuperBase 500 will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter December 15th (8:00 AM EST, 5:00 AM PST, 01:00 PM GMT) for the very competitive price of $459. If you’re looking for a power station, this packs a great deal of power in a small and light yet tough package that will be offered at a very competitive price.

Must read: Best of the best gadgets of 2020




A useful Android privacy feature that most people have never heard of

Android has a useful hidden feature that the iPhone doesn’t.



Ever handed your iPhone to someone and then remembered that one thing that you don’t want them to see?

Maybe a photo, or a test, a personal message, something private from work, or your stash of cat memes you’re collecting.

Whatever it is, we carry a lot of sensitive stuff on out smartphones, and it’s only natural to what to keep that stuff private.

But the developers who work on Android have thought about this, and added a feature that allows you to be able to hand your phone to someone else, while keeping your information private.

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That feature is called Guest mode.

This popped into my head the other day following a conversation with an Android user who said they wished there was a way to lock their private data but still allow others to make calls and use the internet.

That’s what this mode does.

Guest mode creates a temporary account on your smartphone that is free from any of your personal information. No photos. No contacts. No messages. No files.

It also disables the phone feature, but you can choose to activate that if you want.

So, how do you access this feature? Well, it normally lives at Settings > System > Advanced > Multiple Users, but not always. If you can’t find it, a search for users should bring it up.

Guest Mode on Android

Guest Mode on Android

When you find it, you’ll see it at the bottom of the list of Google accounts tied to the handset. To switch, tap on it, and the handset will switch over.

The process is fast and only takes a few seconds.

To switch back, navigate back to Multiple Users and tap Remove Guest.

If you want to give the Guest Mode access to the phone, before going into Guest, click on the cog next to it and enable Turn on phone calls.

Guest Mode can also optionally make calls

Guest Mode can also optionally make calls

Also, for quick access, you can make this feature available from the lock screen. Handy if you use it regularly.

It’s a cool feature that helps keep your private stuff private.

That feature is called Guest mode.



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Cisco to acquire Sedonasys Systems for innovative NetFusion platform

Cisco said the Sedona NetFusion platform is the first to deliver complete network abstraction and control.



Cisco announced on Tuesday that it was acquiring Hierarchical Controller market leader Sedonasys Systems in an effort to beef up its multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking offerings.

Kevin Wollenweber, vice president of product management in the Service Provider Network Systems for Cisco, explained in a blog post that in order to expand the internet and operate networks at massive scale for the billions of new users coming down the pipeline, the internet had to be reinvented in certain ways.

Cisco is acquiring Sedonasys Systems primarily for its NetFusion platform, which has a Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that it said, “enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking.”

Wollenweber said the Sedona NetFusion platform was the first company to offer “complete network abstraction and control” that helped CSPs manage their networks across a variety of domains, vendors, layers, and technologies, all as one single network.

The addition of Sedona NetFusion to Cisco Crosswork portfolio will allow the company to offer a more advanced network automation platform for Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking Solution.

“HCO is the brain that enables transformation like 5G network slicing, routed optical networking, and disaggregation. We have one simple goal in our network automation strategy — simplification,” Wollenweber said.

“Now, CSPs can gain real-time, dynamic, and seamless control of IP and optical multi-vendor networks together. They can quickly move from clunky, manual operations across siloed teams and technologies to a completely automated and assured network that’s easily managed through a single pane of glass.”

With Cisco Crosswork and Sedona NetFusion, users will have access to a real-time replica of the entire network to predictively manage any changes to the deployment, connectivity, and activation status of all network inventory.

Operators can preview optimization, assurance, and changes, and then commit them as needed, Wollenweber added.



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Colonial Pipeline cyberattack shuts down pipeline that supplies 45% of East Coast’s fuel

The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure.



Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack.

The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil and fuel for the U.S. Military.

In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said:

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have already launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies.

Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.

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Here’s a look at the Colonial Pipeline system affected by the cyberattack.


Colonial Pipeline’s shutdown should it continue may lead to supply shortages since it covers so much territory in the US.



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