Monday, January 9, 2012

Bluetooth 4.0-powered Cobra Tag G5 needs only biannual recharges

The Cobra Tag G5 only needs recharging as often as 
your clocks need setting for daylight saving time. 
(Credit: Cobra)

LAS VEGAS–As helpful as the original Cobra Tag was for a forgetful guy like me, it had one fatal flaw: I kept forgetting to recharge the darn thing!

The new Cobra Tag G5, set to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, now only needs charging twice per year. Cobra is claiming more than six months of monitoring between recharges of the new Tag G5 thanks to its implementation of Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

However, in order to achieve this astronomic battery life, the phone the Tag G5 is paired with will also need to support Bluetooth 4.0–for now, that means only the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Apple iPhone 4S. (When we originally tested the first Cobra Tag, it was an Android only-affair. So, iOS device support is also a new trick.) I’m guessing that with phones using Bluetooth 3.0 or older, the new Tag G5 will see similar battery life to the first-generation Tag.                   More