You’re plugging along with 3 percent battery and that Snorlax is one block away. Then, less than a minute later your phone is dead, the Snorlax is gone, and you are miserable. There are a two reasons for this. One: you’re playing Pokémon Go and need to stop. Two: figuring out how your battery holds a charge is less…
Smartphones and tablets are being used more frequently in the battlefield, and that means that battery power is more important than ever. Soldiers often carry spare battery chargers in the 90-pound combat packs they carry into war zones, but the batteries are often lost or broken. BAE Systems wants to help lighten the…
Just because you’re stuck raising a kid until they turn 18 doesn’t mean you have to live with a dead phone. 4moms’ new Moxi stroller has a killer feature for parents who are balancing raising a kid while posting endless baby photos to Instagram—generators built into the rear wheels that feed power to a USB port in the…
Scientists at MIT have designed an ingenious new concept for a battery that operates on the same fundamental principal as an hourglass—it relies on gravity to generate energy. They described the device in a recent paper for Energy and Environmental Science.
It doesn’t matter how much storage Apple stuffs into the latest iPhone, your ever-growing music, photo, video, and app collections will max it out in no time. Instead of constantly having to delete files so you have room to keep adding new media, SanDisk’s new iXpand Memory Case will simply boost your iPhone’s storage…
I hate cables. I’m not particularly crazy about aesthetics—my bedroom floor is currently covered with a nice, healthy layer of clothing and detritus—but when it comes to the charging cables of the various gadgets I own, I inevitably find myself deeply irritated by their rubbery, Medusa-esque tangles.
A tangled mess of cords on your desk is certainly an annoyance, but on a construction site it can be a genuine safety hazard. Limits in battery technology have meant that larger tools still need to get their power from an AC outlet, but Dewalt has finally found a way to make almost every tool cordless.
Just because you’ve completely shunned ebooks and e-readers for classic paper tomes, that doesn’t mean you can’t let a little technology improve your reading experience. Kyouei Design’s Bookmark Light will not only save your page, it will also save your eyes, turning into an ultra-compact reading light.
There’s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that’s stiff and bulky li-ion batteries. Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surfaces like a Band-Aid to skin—and it can even charge itself.
Li-on batteries gradually deteriorate as they’re repeatedly drained and recharged. But now researchers from University of California, Irvine have developed a new nano-wire battery that can survive hundreds of thousands of charging cycles.
The average smartphone’s battery provides around 2,500mAh of power—usually enough to get you through the day. Anker’s new PowerHouse, which is about the size of a cinderblock, boasts 120,600mAh. You can use it to recharge your phone for up to 40 days straight if for some reason your power has gone out.
If you’re the owner of a Toshiba laptop, there’s a chance its battery could overheat and go kaboom and melt your machine—which is why the Japanese electronics giant recalled a bunch of Panasonic battery packs this week.
Earlier this week, Tesla pulled their listing for the 10 kilowatt Powerwall device, leaving only its 6.4 kwh battery listed for sale. In a statement to GreenTechMedia, the company confirmed that the option has been discontinued.
Lithium-ion batteries and aircraft have some bad blood: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners were grounded three years ago because of battery fires, the FAA banned all lithium batteries in hold luggage, and now an innocent iPhone has caused a fire on an Alaska Air flight.
If you thought lithium-ion batteries catching fire were dangerous, how about a portable power source that actually relies on igniting its fuel from the get-go? That’s pretty much what a new battery alternative developed at MIT does.
Wi-fi is already a very great thing. Problem is—especially for mobile devices—wi-fi is also an energy suck. But now, scientists have come up with a way of connecting to wi-fi that requires even less energy than a Bluetooth connection.
Tesla Powerwalls could change your whole home (and your power bill), but they’re still difficult to buy. Fortunately alternatives are slowly appearing on the market. Orison is one such alternative.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has placed a ban on the cargo shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft, following concerns from pilots that they constitute a fire risk.
Fast-charging systems are making huge jumps in speed and Oppo seems to have reached a massive milestone: It claims it can fully charge an empty smartphone battery in a mere 15 minutes.