Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

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Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power.

On the second day of CES, at about 11:15 am, the lights flickered and went out in the massive Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where the sprawling booths of Samsung, LG, Sony, Intel and hundreds more exhibits went dark. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected. Power was restored to the convention center after two hours.

One of the biggest technology expositions of the year has experienced a very ironic power outage when the lights went out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Dozens of reporters queued quietly for lunch boxes in a darkened press room in South Hall.

Further reports reveal that the emergency lights were thankfully left with some power. But for most, the blackout meant a complete stop in showing off the latest and greatest in tech gadgets, and attendees were asked to evacuate.

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"We lucked out", he said.

"Power goes out at CES?"

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the downpour was the city's first rainfall in 116 days, bringing an end to a "record-breaking dry spell". One vendor invited people to visit its booth to check out a battery pack, for instance. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals.

On Twitter, pictures of phone charging stations circulated, with some users gloating as they pointed out and giggled at the misfortune of folks who had their phones locked inside, not charging. It's amusing to see a phone held captive in what's essentially an electricity vending machine as its owner paces back and forth.

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