Battery

Do you seriously think the new iPad’s battery isn’t good enough?

Do you seriously think the new iPad’s battery isn’t good enough?

When it comes to new iPad battery life, how long is long enough? Gasps of surprise as Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the third-gen tablet would last as long as its predecessor - despite the Retina Display, quadcore graphics chip and LTE connectivity - have given way to sniping and frustration over whether the tablet gets warm during charging, whether it lives up to the predicted times, and whether the battery is really as full as it ever claims to be. It's not clear, though, whether owners have legitimate concerns or if they're simply complaining for the sake of it.

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New iPad continues charging beyond 100%

New iPad continues charging beyond 100%

The new iPad features a significantly larger battery over the iPad 2, packing a 42.5-watt-hour battery compared to the old 25-watt-hour battery. As a result of the increased battery capacity, the new iPad takes longer to charge. But in a new discovery, when the iPad does reach 100%, it doesn’t stop charging.

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Arm Flycatcher chips aim for “years” of battery time

Arm Flycatcher chips aim for “years” of battery time

The Arm Holdings group have revealed this week their newest bit of architecture for microcontrollers based on their "Flycatcher" design, noting that this new technology will, amongst other things, offer "years of life from a single battery-pack." This new architecture will have one third less energy draw than its predecessors, they only offered with 8 and 16-bit capabilities while Arm's newest chip is capable of 32-bit processing. These bits of futuristic technology built with Cortex -M0+ architecture will have chip-makers building microprocessors with fabulously advanced capabilities at the same time as requiring what they say is "ultra low power."

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IDT claims wireless device charging time in half

IDT claims wireless device charging time in half

Get the charging of your iPhone done in half the time you'd normally have had to wait with IDT Wireless Power's new single-chip system! That's what the group is touting this week, as they make charging your devices wirelessly one whole heck of a lot more efficient with their new wireless power transmitters and receivers, complete with 80% reduction in board size compared to their previous models. This technology will be applied to wireless chargers in the near future - for now we've only to sit back and appreciate the efficiency and awesomeness of this tech which will work for mobile phones, tablets, MIDs, cameras, MP3 players, GPS devices, and any other battery operated mobile device.

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iPad 3′s miraculous battery: the real game changer

iPad 3′s miraculous battery: the real game changer

The 2012 version of the iPad has a gigantic battery in it, capable of keeping its fabulous new features in check enough to keep the same battery life as the iPad 2. For those of you that've used the iPad 2, you know that this is a feat in and of itself since the iPad 2 is capable of staying powered up for an inordinate amount of time - much longer than the 10 hours it's rated for. What's doubly amazing, and what we're about to discuss below, is the fact that the newest generation iPad not only has a battery that has essentially 40% more power with basically the same physical size.

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iPad 3 component suggests larger battery, new LCD

iPad 3 component suggests larger battery, new LCD

A component purported to be the back panel of Apple's future iPad 3 has surfaced and when compared with the back panel of an iPad 2, several differences are apparent. The comparison was posted by RepairLabs, which points out that the new panel design suggests a larger battery, a new LCD, and a tweaked camera.

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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX hands-on and unboxing

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX hands-on and unboxing

Motorola is back with another Android smartphone for Verizon's 4G LTE network. Adding another DROID to their ever-growing list of phones. Some might say they've released too many too fast lately on big red but the new RAZR MAXX is a bit special -- and available today. This phone features a standard, built-in 3,300 mAh battery. Something no other LTE handset can even come close to touching. See more after the break.

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Qmadix boostpac quick shot and eclipse battery packs hit MacWorld 2012

Qmadix boostpac quick shot and eclipse battery packs hit MacWorld 2012

Qmadix is on hand at MacWorld 2012 and the company is showing off some cool accessories, including a couple new accessory battery packs called the boostpac eclipse desktop battery and the boostpac quick shot. Both are auxiliary battery packs that can connect to the iPhone for charging on the go. Both devices also have USB connectivity to allow the user to attach the battery to any other device using a USB charge cable.

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Powertrekk water-powered smartphone charger priced and dated

Powertrekk water-powered smartphone charger priced and dated

We've spoken about the Powertrekk a couple of times before, but up until now we've seen not hide nor hair of the release date or the cost - and what more do we want than a water-powered battery charger that works via USB? We want it actually released to the public! That's why news from Powertrekk that the device will be coming out this spring and at a cool $229 plus $12 per "puck" comes as a welcome addition to the legacy of water-powered batteries everywhere.

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