Battery

New battery tech warns when an explosion is possible

New battery tech warns when an explosion is possible

Though they're rare, we've all heard the horror stories: people innocently using their smartphones and tablets, only to have them catch fire and/or explode, sometimes causing severe injuries to the users. The reasons this happens are numerous, but in the case of lithium-ion batteries, they can usually be narrowed down to a specific cause: internal short-circuiting. Thanks to a team of researchers from Stanford, that issue could be partially solved via a new technology that alerts when something has gone awry.

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Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

The gadgets that fuel our lives are largely mobile and battery-powered, and as a result external batteries are a necessary accessory for many, keeping your phone or tablet alive while you're traveling or otherwise away from an outlet. The problem with these larger batteries is that, as with their smartphone counterparts, they too eventually need charged, and depending on capacity, could need all night to completely juice back up. Such isn't the case with Pronto, however -- this portable battery boasts rapid charging in as fast as five minutes.

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New solar cell is its own battery

New solar cell is its own battery

Solar power is an important part of our future, but in many ways it is still too expensive. The Ohio State University has helped lessen that issue with a new device it created -- a solar cell that serves as its own battery, doing so using a type of panel design that introduces air into the "breathing" battery.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus charge quick via Mac, iPad charger

iPhone 6, 6 Plus charge quick via Mac, iPad charger

The iPhone 6 brings in a larger battery, but not necessarily better battery life. the larger screen and battery scale to one another similarly to the iPhone 5S, suggesting your time between charges is going to be the same. Well, if you use the standard charger, that is.

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Apple comments on Watch battery life

Apple comments on Watch battery life

We all know how the Apple Watch will charge, but how often will you have to do so? At their event Tuesday, Apple was mum about some of the hardline details we’d like to know about the Apple Watch. While that is possibly due to the fact it’s not yet ready to ship, one spokesperson is hinting that your use time between charges may not be all that special.

Moto 360 battery is 300 mAh only in name, really 320 mAh

Moto 360 battery is 300 mAh only in name, really 320 mAh

One of the benefits of teardowns is discovering details that never make it to marketing materials or even reviews. That might just be what iFixit stumbled upon when it broke open the Moto 360 smartwatch, finally available to the public, and discovered that the battery was seemingly not what Motorola said it would be.

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LG G3 “doubling” battery life – but not how you’d expect

LG G3 “doubling” battery life – but not how you’d expect

Today the folks at LG are attempting to break up the wave of Apple iPhone 6 hubbub with a note on the LG G3. They’ll be pushing this phone with a deal between September 9th (today) and the 22nd of this month for the phone with a free extra battery and battery-charging cradle. Sound like the battery doubling you’re looking for?

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Motorola Power Pack Micro: Where are your keys?

Motorola Power Pack Micro: Where are your keys?

You have to do something slick if you want to stand out as a portable battery pack these days, and Motorola thinks it has the answer with the Power Pack Micro. At just 1,500 mAh it certainly isn’t the largest battery for your bag we’ve seen, but the fabric-clad block makes up for it in other ways.

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Elgato Smart Power: iPhone battery watches your calendar

Elgato Smart Power: iPhone battery watches your calendar

So you’ve got an external battery pack that you carry around with you to charge up your smartphone on the go. But you constantly forget to charge the battery up. So what’s the use? Elgato is here to rescue you from yourself.

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TravelCard review: backup battery power in your pocket

TravelCard review: backup battery power in your pocket

Battery packs are ubiquitous now, with just about everyone offering up their take on how to charge your phone in a pinch. A new entry into the market, TravelCard, battles your draining smartphone battery at the pinnacle of the battery backup wars: the credit-card sized power pack genre. Could such a svelte packet actually power up your smartphone? We go hands-on to find out.

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QiStone+ Review: Wireless charging in your pocket

QiStone+ Review: Wireless charging in your pocket

In the world of utility gadgets, external batteries seldom rank high on aesthetic or even functionality scales, but the QiStone+ aims to change all that. Handiwork of FoneSalesman, the pebble-like portable charger not only looks like the sort of thing you might want to leave out on your desk rather than hide away, but packs the latest Qi wireless charging technology too. Read on for our full review.

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Apple issues replacement for defective iPhone 5 batteries

Apple issues replacement for defective iPhone 5 batteries

If you have an iPhone 5 and noticed your battery suddenly dying on you faster than usual, you might be one of the unlucky few to have a defective battery unit in your hands. This might just be your lucky day, or month, as Apple will be replacing those batteries completely free of charge. Provided, of course, the serial number on your iPhone matches Apple's list of affected units.

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