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ChargeTech Plug is a 48,000 mAh battery with two AC wall outlets (for charging nearly anything)

Portable battery packs that you can use to recharge your smartphone are a dime a dozen. OK, not really, but there are plenty that you can buy for a few bucks or more. But what if you want to power your laptop on the go? Or a TV? Maybe even a microwave. There are big, […]

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Samsung to limit risk of exploding Note 7 batteries through software update

After numerous instances of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire, Samsung is in the process of running one of the largest consumer electronics recall programs in recent memory. Want to make sure your phone doesn’t spontaneously burst in to flames? You should probably stop using it right away and follow instructions from Samsung and/or […]

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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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Cricket launches LG X Power smartphone with 4,100 mAh battery for $150

Pre-paid US carrier Cricket Wireless will begin selling LG’s X Power smartphone on August 26th. As the name suggests, the LG X Power has one distinctive feature: a really big battery. As we discovered earlier this year, the phone has a 5.3 inch display and a 4,100 mAh battery. The rest of its specs are […]

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BLU Energy XL: $300 smartphone with big screen, big battery

Budget smartphone company BLU’s latest phone is one of the company’s most expensive to date… but it’s also got some of the best specs. The BLU Energy XL features an octa-core 64-bit processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, and a 1080p display. But its most impressive feature is probably the battery: […]

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Acer’s $199 Liquid Zest Plus smartphone coming to America in July, packing a 5,000 mAh battery

The Acer Liquid Zest Plus is a mid-range smartphone with a big battery. Like 5,000 mAh big. The company first introduced the phone in April, but now Acer has announced that it’s bringing the Zest Plus this summer. It’s expected to be available in North and South America in July for about $199 and up. […]

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Anker’s 120,600 mAh Powerhouse battery charges your phone 40 times

If Amazon rankings are anything to go by, Anker makes some of the most popular portable batteries that let you charge your smartphone on the go. Usually these battery packs range in capacity from around 2,000 mAh to 20,000 mAh, which usually means you can recharge a typical smartphone between 1 and 5 times before you […]

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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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BLU Energy X LTE smartphone with 4,000 mAh battery coming soon

Budget smartphone company BLU unveiled 7 new smartphones during the Consumer Electronics Show, but it looks like there may be at least one unannounced new phone on the way. A phone called the BLU Energy X LTE showed up at the FCC recently. The name suggests it’ll be an updated version of last year’s 3G-only […]

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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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Will transparent, solar-charged batteries see the light of day?

Looking for an easier way to top off your smartphone battery? There are phones that support quick charging, and wireless charging. One day there may be support for solar charging — without the need for traditional solar panels. Researchers at Kogakuin University in Japan have been working on a transparent lithium-ion battery that can be recharged […]