Battery

Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

What should have been a fairy tale ending to Samsung’s 2016 might be turning into a nightmare. Although lauded as one of this year’s best smartphones so far, pending the official reveal of the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might become the most scandalous one instead. Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the shipments of the phablet in order to conduct further product quality tests. Although the company is naturally keeping mum over the matter, recent incidents would point to reports of exploding batteries as the cause of the delay.

Continue Reading

Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie isn't quite ready to reveal its inevitable battery case for the iPhone 7 - like the rest of us, it's waiting for Apple's imminent reveal - but it does have a brand new line-up of universal Powerstation battery packs. In fact, there are now four product lines, spanning new, considerably lower price points from under $30, through to portable power with USB-C or wireless charging support.

Continue Reading

Kanex GoPower Watch keeps Apple Watch working all day

Kanex GoPower Watch keeps Apple Watch working all day

Apple Watch users who take advantage of the features that the watch offers might have a hard time making it all day on a signal charge. Kanex has a new portable, cordless charger made just for the Apple Watch that has 6x the power inside than the Apple Watch has alone. The device is called the Kanex GoPower Watch and it has a magnetic charging dock that uses the same inductive charging connector that comes with the watch from Apple.

Continue Reading

Surface Pro 3 battery issue to receive software fix, confirms Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery issue to receive software fix, confirms Microsoft

For more than a few weeks now, Surface Pro 3 tablet owners have been suffering from a rapidly draining battery issue. Back in July, Microsoft told users that this was not a failure on the hardware's part, and that they should continue updating to the latest software version. Now the company has reiterated this message, saying that it has confirmed the battery problem can be fixed with a software patch which is currently in testing, and that users don't need to pursue hardware replacements.

Continue Reading

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

If you find that your phone's battery capacity leaves something to be desired, you're definitely not alone. MIT spinout SolidEnergy might have a solution to our battery life problems, though, introducing a new "anode-free" lithium-ion battery that could potentially offer double the life of current batteries on the market. Even better news is that the battery could be available for devices like smartphones as early as next year.

Continue Reading

iPhone 7 leaked to get fast charging finally

iPhone 7 leaked to get fast charging finally

Apple's attitude towards smartphone batteries is ambiguous at best, even comical at one point. While iPhones are arguably more battery efficient than their Android counterparts, they still leave much to be desired. And when users clamored for a better battery, Apple responded by putting out a highly criticized battery pack. It seems that with the iPhone 7, Apple will be going around the issue again but with a compromise. According to a leak, the iPhone 7 will, at least, get faster charging speeds.

Continue Reading

Self-destructing battery could be a boon for military and medical electronics

Self-destructing battery could be a boon for military and medical electronics

One of the issues that the military has today with putting electronic devices into the field is if those devices are lost and fall into enemy hands, they have a major potential for giving away information that the enemy could take advantage of. This has led to military and researchers around the world to heavily invest in electronic devices that can self-destruct over time. Scientists from the Iowa State University say that they have now created the first practical transient battery to power these future self-destructing electronics.

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7 power saving mode lowers resolution to save battery

Galaxy Note 7 power saving mode lowers resolution to save battery

With removable batteries becoming rarer, power saving modes have become increasingly useful. As time goes on, we're seeing manufacturers stuff their phones' power saving modes with more options, but the freshly announced Galaxy Note 7 will be coming with a power saving feature that should actually do a lot to cut down on battery drain.

Continue Reading

Goal Zero Nomad Folio joins OtterBox uniVERSE case system

Goal Zero Nomad Folio joins OtterBox uniVERSE case system

Last May, OtterBox, a leader in rugged smartphone cases, introduced a rather intriguing idea. A rugged iPhone case, of course, that can be extended with different sorts of attachments. A pseudo modular smartphone system, if you will. One of those to first jump into that OtterBox uniVERSE was Goal Zero with its Slide Battery. And now, in addition to finally launching that attachment, it is adding yet another member to the team, the Nomad Folio cover that adds a dash of renewable solar energy to your portable battery needs.

Continue Reading

Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is planning to ditch its battery business, the company announced today. According to Sony Corporation, it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata Manufacturing that it (Sony Group) will transfer its battery business to the latter company. The two companies hope to have binding agreements in place by mid-October, says Sony, and if all goes as planned the transfer will be finalized by the end of March 2017.

Continue Reading

Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

"Stay Calm and Keep Updating." That seems to be the message that Microsoft, at long last, is giving baffled and irate Surface Pro 3 owners regarding their concern about the suddenly degraded battery life of their beloved 2-in-1 tablets. Rather than a cunning marketing ploy to get those to upgrade to, say, a Surface Pro 4 or even a Surface Book after their warranties run out, Microsoft simply claims it is a simple case of a software bug and that it can simply be fixed with an update. Whenever that update comes.

Continue Reading

MIT lithium-oxygen battery lasts a long time and is more efficient

MIT lithium-oxygen battery lasts a long time and is more efficient

MIT has announced a breakthrough in battery technology that might one day mean EVs that can drive further on a charge and gadgets that last longer away from an outlet. For a long time MIT and other research organizations have been looking at lithium-air batteries, but those batteries have some significant drawbacks. While lithium-air promises high-energy output compared to weight, they waste much of the power introduced as heat and performance degrades quickly. The new MIT lithium-oxygen battery overcomes these big drawbacks.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 Next