Battery

I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone — Here’s how

I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone — Here’s how

If Santa brought you an iPhone for Christmas, you’re likely still in love with your new iDevice. Of all the knocks on any iPhone, battery life is among the most notable, with the small-ish battery of an iPhone tending to need a charge daily. In my experience, though, the iPhone 6 can last quite a bit longer than your work day and commute home. I’ve even been able to take it on weekend jaunts without needing to plug it in. Here’s how.

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AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

There've been backpacks in the past that had batteries inside them. Batteries that charge your devices while you're walking about, talking with your best pals, waiting for your smartphone to come back to full energy. What the folks at AMPL hope to do is make that process smarter. This backpack lets you know how far your charging has gone, which devices need more time, and what you're going to want to do in the way of prioritizing each device as they ramp up.

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Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Oddity gift shop Firebox says that there are two most borrowed items today: your pen and your phone charger. If so, wouldn't it be nice if you were never to be put in that situation that you'd need to borrow one or the other or, worse, both? That certainly seems to be the thinking behind the design of the Power Pen, a multi-talented instrument that acts as a pen, an emergency power reserve, and a digital writing instrument as well.

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Tesla opening first battery swap station next week

Tesla opening first battery swap station next week

Tesla is keen to get more charging stations positioned throughout the country, which will allow Tesla owners to charge their cars at appropriate way stations without ever running out of power. With 312 existing Supercharger stations so far, Tesla is on the way to providing a true network of power for their owners. Now Tesla is testing an even quicker method for getting back on the road, allowing Tesla owners in central California to swap batteries instead of plugging in.

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Flat Attack charger juices up your devices with AA batteries

Flat Attack charger juices up your devices with AA batteries

More convenient portable batteries seem to be all the rage lately. We've recently seen one thin enough to fit in a wallet, and one small enough to attach to a keychain. Following that latter theme is the Flat Attack, another keychain-bound portable battery for charging small gadgets without carrying a battery brick and charging cable. Unlike the aforementioned keychain-sized portable battery, Flat Attack uses a conventional AA battery instead of an integrated battery, meaning in a pinch you could swap it out with a fresh battery for instant power.

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Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

A device called Slimger was recently funded on Indiegogo, and it is quite possibly the most convenient portable battery we've seen thus far. Unlike common bulky portable batteries that require a pocket or bag, the Slimger is ultra-thin to the point of being nearly as convenient as a credit card, in that it can fit in your wallet, slip in a shirt pocket, or any other number of handy places. The device's makers are planning to start delivering Slimger next month.

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Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain

Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain

There is no shortage of portable battery options, some smaller than others but most large enough that you'll need to keep it in a pocket or bag. That's a hassle and makes it easy to forget the device somewhere, and is what makes the Keycharge stand out. Keycharge features a 1000mAh battery, and is small enough to fit on a keychain, meaning it is always available if you have your keys on you. Keycharge also doubles as a flash drive with up to 32GB of storage.

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Tommy Hilfiger jackets have smartphone charging solar panels

Tommy Hilfiger jackets have smartphone charging solar panels

Several solar panels on the market are designed for charging small objects like a smartphone or tablet. Clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger has designed a new jacket that is available for men and women that has solar panels built into the back allowing the jacket to charge smartphones as the user wears the jacket.

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New Nissan Leaf EV battery tipped to give 249-mile range

New Nissan Leaf EV battery tipped to give 249-mile range

The Nissan Leaf might have been shoved out of the spotlight by Tesla's Model S electric vehicle, but it could very well hog all the attention again when and if Renault-Nissan makes the formal announcement of the new battery indicated by insider sources. An unnamed Nissan engineer tipped that a technological breakthrough has allowed them to make an EV battery that his not only lighter and cheaper than the current model, but also has double the capacity, theoretically boosting the Leaf's range to 400 kilometers or 249 miles.

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Mophie wants to give your phone 8 days more battery

Mophie wants to give your phone 8 days more battery

Mophie may be best known for strapping batteries to iPhones and other smartphones in the form of snap-on cases, but the company has a new range of even bigger power-packs, the new Powerstation Plus line-up. External batteries, rather than integrated ones - which means no need to buy a new model if you upgrade to a different phone, something which can get pretty expensive if you've been following Apple from iPhone 4 form-factor, to iPhone 5, and then most recently to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus - each has a built-in cable with either a microUSB or a Lightning plug on the end to suit your various devices.

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XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

Carrying around a portable battery is convenient in the sense that it gives you an opportunity to charge your phone whenever you need to. On the flip side, however, unless you're already carrying a bag with you, toting around a battery can be an extra burden of its own, making wearable charging units more attractive. We've seen some variations of these, such as Microsoft's wireless charging pants, but the XOO Belt takes it a step further, incorating a battery into something you like already wear daily.

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Roost battery makes your dumb smoke detector smarter

Roost battery makes your dumb smoke detector smarter

If you're looking to add a bit of smart functionality to your home but aren't interested in swapping out your existing devices, the folks behind Roost might have the solution. Roost is a 9v battery that connects your "dumb" smoke alarms to your WiFi network so that alerts are shuttled off to your smartphone, where you can see if they're going off and in which part of the house the detector is located. It also eliminates low-battery chirping that starts late at night, among other things.

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