Finally, a Lithium Battery That Warns You Before It Bursts Into Flames

Lithium ion batteries are wonderful things, but they're unfortunately given to short circuiting and bursting into flames every now and then. It's extraordinarily rare, but it happens. A Stanford research team thinks they've solved this little big problem by building an early warning system into an existing battery.… » 10/13/14 11:46am 10/13/14 11:46am

Stanford Professor Conjures Up 10x Life on Traditional Li-Ion Batteries

Thanks to nanotechnology, an assistant professor at Stanford University has come up with a breakthrough in the longevity of Lithium-Ion batteries. As well as being able to power your laptop for up to 20 hours—10 times more than current levels—Yi Cui thinks that his design could also work on iPods and other handheld… » 12/20/07 7:12am 12/20/07 7:12am

Batteries on a Plane: 339 Burning Batteries Since 2003

As overreacting authorities busy themselves confiscating containers of deadly shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and hemorrhoid cream from nervous fliers, an even greater danger lies right under their noses: what about laptop batteries? The US Consumer Product Safety Commission cites 339 instances of lithium and… » 8/14/06 12:24pm 8/14/06 12:24pm