Battery

Cornell and MicroGen car sensors and instruments harvest power from road vibrations

Cornell and MicroGen car sensors and instruments harvest power from road vibrations

On a normal vehicle with a combustion engine, the power needed to operate the various instruments inside the car is not that big of a deal since you have power as long as the fuel holds out. On an EV or hybrid the less drain on the battery, the longer the driving distance so in these vehicles shedding all the power drain possible from the batteries is a big deal.

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Sexy Dunhill solar charger looks like Apple gear

Sexy Dunhill solar charger looks like Apple gear

I have seen a bunch of different solar chargers for gadget and gear over the years. Generally, the folding solar chargers that I have seen or tested don’t look good and many of them have very suspect build quality. This doesn't appear to be the case with the new Dunhill Solar Charger. This thing is made from aluminum and has a leather pouch to store it in.

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Apple MacBook Batteries Vulnerable To Hack

Apple MacBook Batteries Vulnerable To Hack

When we think about data security and possible vulnerabilities in our computing systems, the laptop battery generally doesn't come to mind as a hacker target. Well, security researcher Charlie Miller discovered that modern laptop batteries are just as hackable as anything else and may be far more difficult to detect, after he examined the batteries in several MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs.

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Suzuki shows off Every electric van in Japan

Suzuki shows off Every electric van in Japan

The number of EVs on the streets around the world will only continue to grow as technology improves and the EV gets more driving range and faster charging. There will come a tipping point eventually when the EV can drive long enough that consumers finally leave the range anxiety that plagues many drivers behind. Suzuki is showing off its first EVs by creating a handful of its small Every vans that are battery powered and handing them out to dealers.

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Ford uses special cooling system for the battery pack on Focus Electric vehicle

Ford uses special cooling system for the battery pack on Focus Electric vehicle

Batteries that power an electric vehicle or a hybrid work best when they are cool. Keeping the batteries cool can be a big challenge in some parts of the country during the summer. Ford is getting its new Focus Electric ready to hit the market and since the vehicle will be sold all around the country Ford is working to keep the battery cool in the hotter climates.

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Sanyo unveils Eneloop Pro and Eneloop Plus batteries

Sanyo unveils Eneloop Pro and Eneloop Plus batteries

Sanyo has been selling its Eneloop rechargeable batteries for a long time now. The batteries are pretty nice and come in AA size to fit many devices and gadgets you might need to power. Sanyo has announced the addition of a couple new batteries to its Eneloop line that includes the Eneloop Pro and the Eneloop Plus batteries and chargers for both battery lines will be offered as well. The Eneloop Pro battery has a power capacity that is 25% greater than the normal Eneloop offerings.

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Apple patent hints at new method to avoid exploding battery suits

Apple patent hints at new method to avoid exploding battery suits

If you have been around the tech world for a while, you will remember the massive recalls of a few years back over laptop batteries that were bad and could randomly explode and catch fire. There were photos of notebooks spontaneously bursting into flames on the web and it seemed every time we turned around someone was issuing a battery recall. Even Apple got caught in the recall frenzy and ended up having to pay out to one Japanese man who was burned when his MacBook caught fire.

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Ranger robot walked 40.5-miles without a recharge

Ranger robot walked 40.5-miles without a recharge

Robots are cool and a lot of research is going into the design and development of new robots all around the world. Many of the top universities around the globe have competitions to see who can build robots that are the best at one thing or another. Some of the things that the robots are able to do in these contests are very impressive. The Cornell Biorobotics and Locomotion lab has a cool robot called Ranger that we have talked about before.

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