Battery

Sekisui Chemical introduces thin high-capacity lithium ion battery

Sekisui Chemical introduces thin high-capacity lithium ion battery

Sekisui Chemical of Japan has taken the wraps off a new battery it has developed, a very thin lithium-ion offering described as being film-like and with a high capacity. The battery has been put through a variety of tests, and once brought to market could be used in a variety of different applications, among them being electric and hybrid cars and solar-powered homes.

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MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel makes bicycles electric, goes up for pre-order

MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel makes bicycles electric, goes up for pre-order

A near handful of years ago, some students from MIT revealed a bicycle attachment that converts a bike into a hybrid with electric rear-wheel power, something that is now known as the Copenhagen Wheel. The idea behind the contraption is simple -- it attaches to the rear wheel of a bicycle and utilizes one's own biking efforts to provide assistance on tough terrain.

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New 3D printing ink and tools usher in printed lithium-ion batteries

New 3D printing ink and tools usher in printed lithium-ion batteries

3D printing has been used for all sorts of research projects over the years to make things like prototype parts and more. Scientists from Harvard have now devised a new ink and tools that allow them to 3D print lithium-ion battery components. The same process can also be used to print other electronic components using 3D printing.

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Jackery Fit portable juices up any mobile gadget with micro USB

Jackery Fit portable juices up any mobile gadget with micro USB

Spending days traveling, going camping over the weekend, or spending several hours in a waiting room all have something in common: high odds of your smartphone or tablet's battery dying before you're ready to bid your gadget farewell. Portable chargers mitigate this issue by providing an on-the-go charging option, and new to the category is the Jackery Fit.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Mugen Power battery packs 6500 mAh of juice

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Mugen Power battery packs 6500 mAh of juice

When it comes to getting larger replacement batteries for smartphones, Mugen Power has batteries for lots of the Android devices out there with user replaceable battery packs. Mugen has announced its latest battery pack designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This battery pack has more than twice the power of the factory battery.

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Mugen Power HLI-I537XL 5500 mAh battery for Samsung Galaxy S4 Active debuts

Mugen Power HLI-I537XL 5500 mAh battery for Samsung Galaxy S4 Active debuts

Mugen Power has announced its latest oversized battery to extend runtime of a popular Android smartphone. The company is offering an internal battery that fits inside the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active I9295 and the I537 version of the smartphone for AT&T. The company promises that the battery will last over twice as long as the standard internal battery.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is significantly more battery-efficient than it was when it first launched on Oct. 22, thanks to a firmware update pushed by Microsoft shortly thereafter. It's a whopping 25% more battery-efficient than it was in terms of intense Web browsing, and a noticeable 16% better when running video. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech ran the tests that demonstrated the improvement and ranked the results against various other devices.

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Volvo details new battery technology that utilizes car body panels

Volvo details new battery technology that utilizes car body panels

Electric vehicles are a fast-growing technology that is ever evolving, and one of the latest contributors to that technological evolution is Volvo. The auto maker has come forward with details about its new battery technology, which, among other things, utilizes the car's body panels and super capacitors. We've got all the details on this tech after the jump.

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Samsung SDI flexible solid state battery development underway

Samsung SDI flexible solid state battery development underway

Not to be left in the dust by the likes of LG's continued exploration of the many fanciful ways batteries can be arranged in a smartphone, Samsung has appeared exploring the furtherance of the technology behind solid state batteries in Korea. Owing partially to the idea that these solid state batteries have a far smaller chance of overheating, for one, and perhaps making way for more flexy smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy round in the future, the manufacturer has appeared pushing the little-used battery tech forward.

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Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan have announced they have teamed up to create a new kind of battery lab designed specifically to speed up development of batteries for electrified vehicles. The new battery lab is described as world-class facility located at the University of Michigan where Ford will collaborate with battery manufacturers, suppliers, and university researchers. The new battery lab is the result of an $8 million investment from Ford, the university, battery suppliers, and state and federal governments.

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LG working on flexible, non-rectangular batteries for bendable electronics

LG working on flexible, non-rectangular batteries for bendable electronics

The smartphone and electronics world is steadily marching towards new form factors for devices that are bendable and flexible rather than the rigid smartphones and tablets we know today. LG Display announced a big breakthrough that will help usher in flexible electronics with a bendable smartphone display that entered mass production recently. LG is also working on another key component to flexible electronic devices.

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Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.

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