Battery

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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QBracelet wearable battery taps into fashion

QBracelet wearable battery taps into fashion

The team behind QBracelet have no qualms with entering the wearables market without extended functionality. The one device they’ve got so far is a bracelet with battery power inside. It charges your smart device when you need power - and that’s all it does.

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HTC One M8 Windows vs Android Battery Wars

HTC One M8 Windows vs Android Battery Wars

We’ve got both the HTC One M8 with Windows and the original HTC One M8 with Android in the house, both of them from Verizon and both of them ready to do battle on a battery tip. The hardware is the same - it’s the software that’ll make the difference. Below you’ll find both the battery quotes and the real-life use drains as we test them.

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bKey: a backup smartphone battery the size of a car key

bKey: a backup smartphone battery the size of a car key

Let's face it. For all the power that gets added to our smartphones year after year, the battery is quickly becoming the bottleneck in our enjoyment of our mobile devices. Thus the need for emergency power reserves. But with external batteries and cases come bulk or wires, neither of which are convenient or exactly pleasant to use. That's where bKey tries to come in.

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Five tech items you should stow away in your glove box

Five tech items you should stow away in your glove box

Having a few pieces of tech on-hand can make your drive a bit easier. We’re not talking about the tech baked into your car’s software, but the things you can tote around with you. From listening to music to not running out of power, these five items can make your day a bit easier on you.

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Tesla’s charging stations will cover USA by end of 2015

Tesla’s charging stations will cover USA by end of 2015

Tesla’s plan to mass-produce batteries will jumpstart their overall production of electric vehicles, that much is certain. the $30,000 Model 3? That’ll help, too. Rounding out those ambitions, Tesla is also going to bring more charging stations to the world, and will be blanketing North America in enough chargers to get you through almost any trip.

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Tesla and Panasonic to kickstart Gigafactory plans

Tesla and Panasonic to kickstart Gigafactory plans

Every journey begins with a single step. For Elon Musk and his 200 Gigafactory dream, that single step is this agreement with Japanese electronics company Panasonic. The two will be working together to build and manage Tesla's first gigafactory, a large-scale manufacturing plant that will produce batteries for its EV cars.

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NomadPlus is an external battery that uses your Apple power plug

NomadPlus is an external battery that uses your Apple power plug

External batteries come in all shapes and sizes, few of which are as handy as the NomadPlus. This particular portable battery is aimed at Apple users, utilizing the iPhone's power plug to charge itself when you're near an outlet and your mobile when an outlet isn't available.

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Smartphone battery “holy grail” may double life in near future

Smartphone battery “holy grail” may double life in near future

This week the folks behind a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology have suggested they’ve stabilized the "holy grail" of batteries. Standard batteries for smartphones and tablets today use Lithium Ion battery packs while this new conglomeration will bring on the age of the lithium anode. What’s that mean for your smartphone? Great things!

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Flexible batteries aim to transform wearables

Flexible batteries aim to transform wearables

As technology transforms into a wearable reality, makers are left having to work non-flexible power sources into devices that would otherwise curve to match the contours of one's body. The introduction of flexible batteries will solve this problem, and perhaps sooner than anticipated.

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