Battery

The Galaxy S6 Edge battery bump: hands-on with Mophie’s newest Juice Pack

The Galaxy S6 Edge battery bump: hands-on with Mophie’s newest Juice Pack

This is the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While it might seem rather similar to the same device for the Galaxy S6 (without edge), this version is ever-so-slightly different, made perfect for the unique shape of this device. Battery woes haven't been reported as massively significant in reviews of the device thus far - but with an extra-wide screen, users will end up aiming for battery solutions like these one way or the other. Mophie has teamed with Samsung to push battery life to the masses as fast as possible.

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Aukey Quick Charge review; 10,000mAh of fast-charging bliss

Aukey Quick Charge review; 10,000mAh of fast-charging bliss

You need power for your gadgets — there’s just no getting around it. Sometimes you’re near an outlet. Other times, you’re on-the-go and can’t be bothered to plug in. The Aukey 10,000mAh External Battery is made for those times. Like most battery packs, it brings you a charge when you’re out and about. Unlike most battery packs, it also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, so if your phone also supports that tech, Aukey’s pack will power you up quickly. Does it really work as advertised, though?

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Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Mophie may have its roots in providing snug-fitting extra power for the iPhone, but the future is all about the next big headache in mobile: storage space. Sure, running out of juice by mid-afternoon is an annoyance on your smartphone, but, Mophie points out, running out of memory is even more stressful. It might not happen so often, but with memory card slots getting rarer, having to face deleting your photos, music, and videos is a lot worse than needing to squat by an outlet. Enter the new Mophie Space Pack line and the companion Space app; I caught up with the Mophie team to find out more.

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Stanford has a battery that charges in a minute

Stanford has a battery that charges in a minute

Batteries. The lifeblood of our mobile devices and ironically also somewhat their Achilles heel. Although the evolution of lithium-ion batteries has made all these portable electronic devices possible, they haven't really caught up with the growing power that we keep in our pockets. That's not even considering yet the similarly growing obsession over thinner devices, which would require thinner batteries that deliver the same power. Stanford University researchers, lead by chemistry professor Dai Hongjie, might have stumbled on the answer in a new variant of an aluminum-ion battery.

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EE keeps subscribers powered with Power Bar chargers

EE keeps subscribers powered with Power Bar chargers

We all know the pain of having a smartphone that doesn’t quite have the battery life to keep you going all day. EE wants customers to keep going and use their mobile plan and has come up with an idea to help keep your device charged. EE has launched a program that is called Power to the People and will allow any mobile user or broadband customer to get a free Power Bar charger.

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Tesla’s rumored batteries tipped in late-stage, in-home testing

Tesla’s rumored batteries tipped in late-stage, in-home testing

When announcing something new, Elon Musk sometimes just talks about plans, or sometimes just gives his plans away. With Hyperloop, Musk essentially said he was too busy to make it work, and was just giving the concept away. A few days ago, Musk said Tesla had a new product category lined up for release, and it was “not a car”. Our minds immediately went to batteries for the home, and we might have been right. According to a new report, Tesla has been testing batteries in homes for sme time, now.

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Tesla teases “major” April news: Home batteries ahoy?

Tesla teases “major” April news: Home batteries ahoy?

Tesla will reveal a "major" new product at the end of April, CEO Elon Musk has teased, but don't expect a new car. The outspoken chief exec took to Twitter to announce the April 30th launch, which will take place at Tesla's Hawthorne Design Studio in California. While exactly what's on the agenda hasn't been confirmed, recent chatter points to the new product being a battery system intended for domestic use, rather than to power an electric vehicle.

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Roost on why Facebook’s Parse for IoT solution makes sense

Roost on why Facebook’s Parse for IoT solution makes sense

This week we've seen Facebook launch their first big Internet of Things initiative with Parse. The Parse IoT for innovative smart home platform and Facebook selected several key groups to work with for launch, one of which was Roost, who saw an opportunity in the Parse cloud infrastructure to provide for the Roost Smart Battery. This battery - connected with its own mobile app - connect battery power and Wi-Fi in a simple 9V package. We spoke briefly with Roost CEO Roel Peeters on why Parse was the platform to go with for this particular launch.

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myCharge RazorMax review; classy and powerful

myCharge RazorMax review; classy and powerful

Battery packs are easy to come by, but each offers its own take on best practices for charing your devices. Some even charge all your devices, computer included. Various battery sizes mean different form factors, which can bring you joy or frustration should you have a pack that can’t keep up with your needs. The myCharge RazorMax is probably one of the sharpest looking battery packs we’ve ever seen, but that’s not the main attraction — or is it? We find out.

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JIVR electric bike uses no chain and has 20 mile range

JIVR electric bike uses no chain and has 20 mile range

Many bicycles on the market today use batteries to be able to propel themselves with electricity to keep the rider from getting tired and sweaty during a commute. A new electric bicycle has turned up that has some other unique features. The biggest of those features is that it uses no chain.

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University researchers convert packing peanuts to battery electrodes

University researchers convert packing peanuts to battery electrodes

If you work somewhere that receives lots of packages, you are familiar with the massive quantities of packing peanuts that are shipped around the world each day. A group of researchers at Purdue University have outlined a way to make something useful out of all those packing peanuts that typically just end up in trash bins around the world each day.

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Dyson’s battery investment may pay off big for all

Dyson’s battery investment may pay off big for all

Dyson makes great goods for use around your home, and are edging toward a cordless existence. Their Digital Slim and Motorhead cordless handheld vacuums seem to be leading their charge, so it make sense they’d invest in battery technology that can get the job done. A new investment by Dyson now has them firmly planted in the cordless realm, but also may give them inroads into other avenues as well. According to Dyson, the new tech they’ve invested in is “world-beating”, and could even give us an affordable 300-mile electric vehicle in the future.

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