A computer burns power depending upon how fast it runs. If it runs fast, the device burns a lot of power. If it runs slowly (or very, very slowly, as when the device is "turned off"), it takes very little power.

All power is converted to heat.

Open your PC's case. You will probably see a large device with fins and, perhaps, a fan on it. The device underneath all that stuff is the CPU chip. Modern PC's run the CPU very, very fast. Hence, the CPU burns a lot of power. To avoid melting itself, the CPU must shed a lot of heat. Cooling fins and fans do this.

Now, PDAs are run at speeds much slower than modern PC's. And PDAs only run fast when there is something to do. The rest of the time, they slow down ... way down. That's why PDAs can be powered by a small battery.

What happens when you "overclock" your PDA?

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