A few years back there were massive recalls in the notebook industry due to batteries that had issues with catching on fire. Lenovo was among the companies that had to recall batteries. There were more than a few cases floating around the web where notebooks were snapped in pictures on fire or shortly after being put out. It seems the battery issues that force recalls aren't behind us.
There are several elements contributing the the HTC One M8’s ability to last all day in the field with minimal charging. One is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor's ability to make optimum use of the energy it does expend. Another is Quick Charge 2.0 - a system that, though not entirely ready to roll right out of the box*, allows you to charge extremely quickly. Finally - and perhaps most importantly - the HTC One M8 works with "Extreme Power Saving Mode."
Gbatteries openly state that they haven’t invented a new battery, what they have done to its new BatteryBox instead is tweaking the technology to control the energy flow within an existing lithium-ion battery. What this means that the battery will now hold more power within it and not degrade over time - even after 3,000 full charge and discharge cycles.
If you have ever seen the movie Transformers, you are familiar with the notion of something innocuous changing into something else. In the movies, most of the transforming is of robots into cars. You won't ever own a car that can turn into a robot, but you can own an electric scooter that turns into a briefcase.
Panasonic is looking to expand its energy presence, with the company's head of Energy Solutions Center Hiroshi Edo Hanafusa announcing at the Cleantech Group forum that the company is on the hunt for new talent -- specifically, for those who develop energy services utilizing Panasonic's technology.
Tesla has announced a surprise $1.6bn convertible notes offering, and plans to use the money to accelerate its Gigafactory project to mass-produce Li-Ion batteries at more affordable rates. The news - which will see Tesla offer $800 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2019 and $800 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2021 - will allow the company to move ahead on the Tesla Gigafactory project "faster than previously thought possible."
If you have, a smartphone that you need to get more runtime out of, Mugen Power is a good place to look. The company makes extended run time batteries and other gear for smartphones to help them last longer away from an outlet. The latest product from the company is the Mugen Power 3000mAh battery case for the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone.
As mobile devices get more powerful and wearables start getting traction, the bottleneck of delivering a great user experience lies not on the processor anymore but on batteries. While other companies are sweating over the next battery revolution, Apple is reported to be taking a more muted approach and focusing on improving charging methods instead.
Battery innovations have promised to change mobile technology for the everyday user, and we've seen all sorts related breakthroughs, from the 30-second battery charge to the urine-powered Samsung cell phone. One of the newest comes from Virginia Tech researchers who have created a high-energy density battery that runs on sugar, making way for cheaper biodegradable offerings.
If you’re like us, you’re mobile more than you’re stationary. Running around, your mobile device batteries get worn out. From time to time, so does your car battery. Both seem to die at the worst possible time, but Cobra might have something up their sleeve to help out.
ZTE did a bit of teasing pre-CES, and now that the show has begun, we have been able to get some hands-on time with the various items. There were some smartphones and the Iconic Phablet, however one stuck out a bit, the ZTE Projector Hotspot. This one is as the name would suggest and serves as both a projector and mobile hotspot.