Tag: electric

The Modmo Saigon – New electric bike with a monster range

Up to 124 miles on one charge? Yes, this is the Modmo Saigon. Created by Irishman Jack O’Sullivan, the company has grown significantly of late due to the “secretly electric” bike. It has a very understated design – simple on the outside and full of tech on the …

Zeus looks get into UK electric scooter trials

These guys created the world’s first three-wheeled, dockless e-scooter are now eyeing up the UK market following the start of trials for electric scooters in the UK. The company want to be part of the micro mobility shared public transport solution and have been invited to be part …

E-Bikes. Now Triumph Motorcycles are doing them too.

A Triumph bike for less than £3,000?! Well yes, but this is an e-bike, not a motorbike or ….. errr.. an electric motorbike.. Confusing isn’t it? There’s electric motorbikes (like these) which are basically motorbikes powered by electric. Then there’s electric bikes (bicycles / cycles) which are electric-assisted …

Cowboy unveils their third generation electric bike

Since the lockdown we’ve all been having a look at how we get around. For some, things have changed dramatically – perhaps working from home now all the time or selling that second car because it’s no longer needed. For others, it might just be the type of …

Cowboy sees record sales increase during the lockdown

One thing, at least here in the UK, that we’ve been able to do during the lockdown is exercise. Now, whilst there’ll be some hardcore cyclists (like myself) who will frown at e-bikes, they’re a great solution for many. The guys at Cowboy bikes have announced that their …

Electric scooters to be legalised in the UK?

Here in the UK these things have a bit of a vague legal stance for most people. If you’ve got a non-electric one, you’re probably scooting along the footpath. Likewise, if you’ve got one with an electric motor inside, you might assume that it’s fairly OK to hammer …

Cowboy introduces connected e-Bikes to the UK

We’re still looking around for an eBike company who wants to show us their bike outside of London, but until then, here’s UK launch of Cowboy. They’re introducing their urban commuter bike for £1,790. A lot of money yes, but they tell me that this combines intelligent technology, …

Swytch electric bike swapping kit achieves huge sales

Remember our story on the eBike conversion kit? It’s basically an Indiegogo project which delivers the bits you need to easily switch a normal push bike into an electric one. The guys tell me that the kit will go on general sale in April next year and prices …

Dynamo – Grab yourself a fully electric cab.

Despite the advances in car engines, if you’re in a city, you’re bound to see a number of diesel buses and taxis. To remedy this, the first fully electric “Hackney Carriage” has been approved by Transport for London (TfL) The taxi comes via Nissan and a UK company …

Home Office / Gaming Room Project – Part 1

Let me tell you a story. My son has long wanted a “gaming room”. We’ve pushed back on this but, now he’s at high school, we’ve started to convert our spare room. He also needs it because we made the decision to stop any gadgets, PS4’s or phones …

Give your bike electric power easily with the Swytch Kit

Available for £799 (with a 50% discount for Indiegogo backers plus a 40% off deal for pre-orders here), this is the first “hand-held” eBike kit which fits on any wheel size and any bike type. As you can see from the pictures here, the main part is the …

Vodafone to sponsor Porsche Formula E Team

Recently Vodafone took on Lewis Hamilton as UK 5G ambassador, so it’s no surprise to see Vodafone becoming the “Official Communication Partner” of the Porsche Team during the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship. What is Formula E? Well, it’s where all the cleverness of your upcoming electric car …

Electric scooter sellers! eBike stores! Get in touch!

I have a long story which I won’t go into right now, but let me tell you this. In two weeks I will no longer have a car. This will make the Coolsmartphone Podcast, recorded in the car, a little difficult. However, it does at least give me …

Transform your commute. Climb on the Cowboy!

Getting an electric scooter and trying to work out if you’re allowed to use it in various places? Yeah, tricky that. Most people tend to go for an electric bike if they’re wanting to get around without exerting too energy. Trouble is, electric bikes weight a tonne right? …

An afternoon with a Tesla Model X

I was very lucky today that, thanks to David Wildman of Btekt, I was able to spend the afternoon with a Tesla Model X in stunning blue. The car is a true technological marvel, and it’s fair to say that I was very impressed with all the gadgetry and …

Another electric scooter incoming

Last year we took a look at the Zap i300. It’s an all-electric scooter from a British company and prices start at £5,250. The cheapest version has a 5kg battery which charges fast and should see you go for 35 miles. Now another company, Etergo, has secured a …

A cool experiment with the Novoo portable charger

A normal portable phone charger, right? Wrong! This is the Novoo power bank and it’s got a whopping 20,100mAh capacity. That means it’ll fully recharge a smartphone (assuming 3000mAh battery), from flat, nearly 7 times. Great for a week away. It has a USB output and a USB-C …

Liaboe Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush – Review

I’m reviewing a toothbrush today. Yep, a toothbrush. I’m sure we all know the benefits of using an electrical one. They clean better and your brushing will be timed so that you don’t over-do it. With a manual brush you can often go too far or not far …

Tesla on two wheels. The AppScooter

Last week I was reviewing a car and this week I’m getting a pitch from an electric scooter company. It’s certainly different to my years of reviewing phones. This one is an electric bike which can get you to nearly 28 mph in just 3.3 seconds. Depending how …

NTONPOWER 8-Socket Extension and 5 USB charger – Review

At home you’ll probably have an extension lead. It’s probably behind your TV and you’ll have loads of things plugged in. Secretly you’ll probably not be completely sure what plug does what, or whether you need all those plugs at all. Then you’ll have a charger for your …

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Sockets – Review

You remember when we were just a smartphone site, right? Now we’re getting asked to review lots of gadgets and this time it’s this, a set of remote control sockets. Why would you want these? Well, there’s a number of reasons really. First of all, they’re just £26.99 …

Devolo dLAN 550+ WiFi – Review

It’s going to be a quick one to review this because, in all honesty, it takes seconds to turn on and get going. Let’s face it, WiFi isn’t always good enough. Sky TV have launched their new Sky Q system and, in order to try and solve the …

Charge without a charger

As the man of the household, whatever I say goes. I wear the trousers and I make the decisions… errr..when the wife isn’t there of course. So, with my endless chargers scattered around the kitchen and in the bedroom, I do get “reminded” that they’re messy and annoying. …

Confused when comparing energy? Snap your bills with Snapt

Go along to any zoo or safari park and, when you approach the meerkat section, you’ll find a great deal of people mentioning that ruddy Compare The Market / Compare The Meerkat thing. It drives me potty. No I don’t want a fluffy meerkat, I just want my …

Mi Cable Tidy Review

Well, this is simple enough really. It looks like a little green robot and parks itself neatly around a UK electrical socket. Once you plug it in it’ll hold your phone and keep the endless cables nice and tidy in the clever little fingers in each “hand”. Made …