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SolidEnergy’s batteries could make smartphones thinner (or longer lasting) in 2017

Most existing smartphones use Lithium Ion batteries… which are based on battery technology that hasn’t really changed much in recent years. So while phone makers try to improve battery life by choosing energy efficient components, the best way to make a phone last longer is to use a bigger battery. But starting in 2017, there […]

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MediaTek’s Pump Express 3.0: From 0 to 70 percent battery charge in 20 minutes

Sure, the companies that make smartphones and their components have been trying to enable longer battery life by producing phones with massive batteries and energy efficient chips. At the same time, we’re seeing a lot of technologies aimed at easing the pain of batteries that don’t last long enough, including some tools that help us […]

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Future batteries might be rechargeable for decades

If you have a laptop or smartphone with a non-removable battery, you’ll probably notice that battery life degrades over time. After a few years of constantly recharging the battery, it holds less capacity, which may be a key reason you decide to buy a new laptop or phone every few years. But researches at the […]

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AnkerBox is a portable battery rental service

Anker makes some of the most popular portable battery packs sold on Amazon. Now the parent company of Anker is trying something different: instead of selling you a portable battery that you can lug around all day, AnkerBox will let you borrow or rent one just when you need it. Here’s the idea: need to […]

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Sodium-ion batteries could power cars, gadgets of the future

Researchers in France have unveiled a working prototype of a sodium-ion battery, potentially paving the way for a new type of rechargeable battery that could be cheaper to produce than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The idea of using sodium for batteries isn’t a new one, but development of the technology took a back seat to lithium-ion battery […]

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Gionee’s launches phone with 24MP camera, another with dual batteries

Chinese phone maker Gionee has unveiled two new phones with distinctive features. As expected, the Gionee Marathon M5’s claim to fame is its dual batteries, giving you a total of 6,020 mAh of battery capacity for up to four days of use between charges. The most remarkable thing about Gionee ELife E8, meanwhile, is its […]

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Replacing the battery for a Samsung Series 9 ultrabook

Ultrabooks are slim notebooks with Intel processors that, among other things, tend to measure less than eight tenths of an inch thick. While many ultrabooks are thin, light, and reasonably powerful laptops, there’s not a lot of room in such a svelte laptop case for things like user-upgradeable memory or storage or replaceable batteries. So […]

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Swatch wants to reinvent the battery (for smartwatches… and cars)

Watch maker Swatch is taking aim at one of the biggest problems with smartwatches: horrible battery life. You need to charge an Apple Watch every day. Most smartwatches using Google’s Android Wear or Samsung’s Tizen software only get 2-3 days of run time. And you need to charge Pebble watches every week or so. But Swatch […]

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Stanford is working on a battery that can fully charge in a minute

One of the biggest complaints about tech specs for smart phones involves battery life. So it makes sense that there are teams of researchers trying to make better batteries. UC Berkeley is working on an energy storing battery called the “Supercapacitor” (I love the name), SolidEnergy is researching a longer-lasting battery for Google’s Project Ara […]

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PiJuice is a portable power pack for the Raspberry Pi (crowdfunding)

The Raspberry Pi line of single-board computers are small, inexpensive systems that you can use to learn to code, set up as a media center PC, or use as the basis for hardware projects line game consoles, home automation systems, or robots. If you want to use a Raspberry Pi around the house you can just […]

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New Energizer batteries partly made from old (recycled) batteries

Energizer has introduced a new line of batteries that are the world’s first to be partially made from recycled batteries. The Energizer EcoAdvanced AA and AAA batteries are among the company’s highest highest performance batteries. But what makes these little guys unusual is that 4 percent of the new batteries comes from old batteries. While […]