Battery

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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Apple Watch battery life information detailed

Apple Watch battery life information detailed

The big announcement from Apple this month has been the Apple Watch. We have been expecting Apple to step into the smartwatch market for a long time and the product finally went official. If you missed all the details on the watch, you will want to check out our Apple Watch hands-on. One of the things that many wondered about during the previous coverage was the battery.

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Apple Watch will have ‘all-day’ battery life

Apple Watch will have ‘all-day’ battery life

The Apple Watch is a bit more fleshed out today, but one large thing remained to be answered. How long is this thing going to last?! While that’s always going to depend on your usage, CEO Tim Cook says it will have “all-day battery life”, and a “typical day” will get your 18 hours battery life. While that’s not exactly smartphone-level performance, the Apple Watch isn’t sporting a smartphone-level battery. With 18-hour battery life, it will likely appeal to more of us.

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Ive’s Logic: larger iPhone battery will make you use it less

Ive’s Logic: larger iPhone battery will make you use it less

There's a growing trend when it comes to our smartphones and battery life. As our devices get more sophisticated, their uptimes get conversely smaller. There are two immediate ways to get around this hunger for power. You either start bringing along power banks or power cases, or you hope that your OEM starts putting in larger batteries, in which case the smartphone itself gets larger. Apple, however, isn't giving in to the trend and is keeping its smaller, non-removable batteries. Why? Because you wouldn't want to a larger battery. Or so says Apple's Jonathan Ive.

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Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery turns out be removable after all

Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery turns out be removable after all

Two of the most beloved features by Samsung Galaxy enthusiasts up to this point have been that the smartphones featured a removable battery and expandable storage space via user memory cards. But when Samsung debuted the latest models at Mobile World Congress last week, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, those features appeared to be no more, with the devices now sealed in a glass unibody design. What ever will Galaxy users do now to brag over their iPhone-using counterparts?

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Apple Watch might last the day (but not two days)

Apple Watch might last the day (but not two days)

Not long ago, the Apple Watch was rumored to have as little as 2.5 hours of on-time under heavy use. If you were relying on your watch for a lot of navigation notifications, that might keep you charging multiple times daily, in theory. Though ‘heavy use’ is a subjective term, the short battery span had some concerned. The Apple Watch was still a beta product at that point, though, so we didn’t put too much stock into that being the final word on battery life.

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