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Batteries the Size of a Grain of Salt

Batteries the Size of a Grain of Salt

UCLA researchers are setting a Grain of Salt size goal for their new project which is to develop a tiny version of lithium-ion batteries. This is the kind of battery you'd find in your laptop, your cellphone, and the music player you've got there on your desk. Research is said to be in early stages, but may one day power miniature electronic devices ... maybe like a little robot like they had in the one movie... Transformers? No. Batteries Not Included.

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NEC begins Nissan Leaf EV battery mass production

NEC begins Nissan Leaf EV battery mass production

NEC has begun mass production of high-capacity lithium ion batteries for electric cars, and while that might not sound interesting, if you're considering a Nissan Leaf it's NEC's power packs that will be keeping you moving.  Initially production is at the company's Sagamihara plant in Japan, but in of 2013 the joint-venture started by NEC and Nissan plan to shift production to a new facility in Tennessee, USA, for EV models destined for domestic use.

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Microsoft InstaLoad Batteries Don’t Depend on Polarity

Microsoft InstaLoad Batteries Don’t Depend on Polarity

Have you ever had your power go out in the middle of the night, whether due to electrical issues or a natural disaster, and found that putting a new pair of batteries into your flashlight is a remarkably frustrating ordeal, due to the fact those batteries have to be inserted in one particular way for the flashlight to work. Not much of an issue for every-day usage, but thankfully it's sometimes the not every-day usage that stems the coolest inventions.

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Horizon MiniPak Brings Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Masses

Horizon MiniPak Brings Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Masses

We're all looking for alternate, better, and more powerful ways to charge all of our gadgets. That's half the fun of owning all these shiny things: finding ways to actually keep them powered. And while double-A batteries, or any of their brethren, work great for some things, and those AC wall chargers are constantly plugged in, we're always in the market for something that we can take with us, doesn't kill our batteries in the process of charging, and can last longer than we probably need it to. That's why we're happy to hear about the Horizon MiniPak.

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Microsoft claims Windows 7 is guilt-free, laptop at fault in battery issue

Microsoft claims Windows 7 is guilt-free, laptop at fault in battery issue

Microsoft recently announced that they would investigate some user upgrades to Windows 7 that provoked a new warning message (not seen XP or  even the problem-ridden Vista) suggesting that users “consider replacing their batteries”.  Turns out the software giant have reached a verdict  that Windows 7 (and naturally therefore Microsoft) isn’t actually at fault.  Who, or rather, what is?  Absymal laptop batteries, according to the MSDN blog.

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New lithium-ion batteries can last 20 years, be charged over 10,000 times

New lithium-ion batteries can last 20 years, be charged over 10,000 times

Japanese company Eamex has claimed that they’ve discovered a way to significantly increase the lifespan of the high-capacity lithium-ion batteries that are used in hybrids/electric vehicles.  The new battery technology may go through over 10,000 times , and last approximately 20 years.  That’s leagues better than what we have at the moment - read on to see how they actually do just that.

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Energizer ‘D’ rechargeable battery cracked open: cheaper, low-power AA lurks inside

Energizer ‘D’ rechargeable battery cracked open: cheaper, low-power AA lurks inside

For most people, a battery is a mysterious little pack of magic, containing the juice that makes our gadgets flash and bleep (and then run out just when we really need them).  For Energizer, it seems, batteries are an opportunity to perform some mild deception: it turns out that inside the chunky, D-sized casing of an Energizer rechargeable is a spacer-clad sub-C cell AA battery offering far less power than you'd expect.

Update: Commenter huskyboy1978 points out that's not an AA battery, but a production-sized sub-C cell.

Pilots Union calls for Li-Ion cargo ban over fire risk

Pilots Union calls for Li-Ion cargo ban over fire risk

Lithium-ion batteries could soon be unwelcome in plane cargo holds, if the world's largest pilots union has its way; in the wake of several explosions where bulk amounts of the batteries have caused fires, the organization is calling for a ban on their transport by plane.  However the ban would not affect individual passengers bringing devices powered by lithium-ion batteries - such as laptops and cellphones - onto planes, though there may be some confusion with checked luggage should li-ion batteries be left inside.

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Duracell Plans on Making a Lasting Impression With New Smart Power Line

Duracell Plans on Making a Lasting Impression With New Smart Power Line

Duracell launched something new today, and we're pretty sure you'll be excited about it. It's called the Duracell Smart Power Initiative, and it's broadening the company's outlook on life, and what you can spend your money on. While the needs of consumers change, especially the way that they power their electronics, Duracell realized that they needed to change too, and it's looking like they are on the right track. They've come up with some pretty handy stuff, and while it's not necessarily revolutionary for the times, it is for the company. And plus, the mobility it provides may just be attractive enough to entice some long-term commitments. We're definitely ready to tie the knot.

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