Battery

UC Irvine researchers “accidentally” make near-immortal battery

UC Irvine researchers “accidentally” make near-immortal battery

Some discoveries, like Penicillin, happen accidentally. There's even a word for it: serendipity. While careful, scientific procedures did surround most of those, the accidental discoveries sometimes overshadow the original goals of the experiment. Take for example the case of researchers from the University of California Irvine, who embarked on a quest to design a battery that didn't use unstable, flammable liquid. In the process, however, they "accidentally" created a battery that could be charged hundreds of thousands of types without a degradation in its charge.

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Google’s latest plans to take flight

Google’s latest plans to take flight

Ever wonder when you'd get to fly on a Google plane? We've been sent a number of documents which show Google's continued work on air projects - especially on batteries that'd allow aircraft to remain in flight for long periods of time. Not necessarily for human beings - in fact more than likely not. Instead, what we're looking at here is a containment pod for electronics. If you find yourself onboard one of these planes, something's gone wrong. But no worries!

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Toshiba recalls 100k laptop batteries after overheating incidents

Toshiba recalls 100k laptop batteries after overheating incidents

Four reports of overheated and melted laptop batteries has prompted Toshiba to recall more than 100,000 units in the U.S. and Canada. These lithium-ion battery packs were used in 39 laptops across a trio of model lines, and were also sold separately. Most of the batteries are located in the United States, though 10,000 of them were sold in Canada, as well. Affected batteries start with the part number “G71C."

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Closing iPhone apps won’t save battery – but these 3 tips will

Closing iPhone apps won’t save battery – but these 3 tips will

This week Apple made clear that closing apps in the background of your iPhone will not make your battery life better. Surprise! This is very likely the way in which you found yourself attempting to keep your phone running longer, and according to Apple, it was all for nothing! Lucky you, though, now that you're here, we've got a set of three sure-fire ways to actually REALLY increase your battery life well beyond what you were doing before.

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Closing iPhone apps won’t save your battery life, confirms Apple

Closing iPhone apps won’t save your battery life, confirms Apple

Years ago, you could go more than a day or so without having to plug your phone in to charge. These days as phones get more powerful, and manufacturers choose a slim form over a larger battery, that's just not the case. But there are certain tricks to make sure that your phone lasts through the whole day. Of course, one of the more popular methods simply doesn't work.

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Energizer Recharge batteries are made with 4% recycled batteries

Energizer Recharge batteries are made with 4% recycled batteries

About a year ago, Energizer rolled out new batteries that were made using 4% recycled batteries called Eco Advanced. The product was the first battery on the market to use recycled material from old batteries in its design. Energizer has now announced another green battery called Energizer Recharge, a rechargeable battery that is made using 4% recycled battery material.

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Man grabs world record by riding electric skateboard 59.55 mph

Man grabs world record by riding electric skateboard 59.55 mph

If you have ever fallen off a skateboard trying to ride it in your driveway, you know how hard it can be to ride one. A man named Mischo Erban recently sat a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on an electric skateboard when he went 59.55 mph on one at Portoroz airport in Piran, Slovenia. The board the man used was a modified NEXTBoard created by a company called Next Generation Vehicles.

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popSlate 2 is E-Ink for your iPhone done right

popSlate 2 is E-Ink for your iPhone done right

E-ink iPhone case-maker popSlate is back, with a new, sleeker, more functional version of its customizable shell for Apple's smartphone. Just like the first-generation case launched a year ago, the premise for popSlate 2 is straightforward: we're addicted to checking our phones for notifications or simply what time it is, and so why not give the iPhone a second, low-power screen that can deliver that more frugally?

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Consumer Reports lists top five smartphones with best battery life

Consumer Reports lists top five smartphones with best battery life

It doesn't matter how cool a smartphone is, how many features it offers, or how fantastic the screen looks, if it runs out of power too fast it's a worthless device. Consumer Reports has put together a list of the smartphones with the best battery life. The list consists of five devices with a few on the list offering removable batteries so you can carry spares just in case.

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Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

When I was a teenager, my morning routine consisted of a panicked, headlong rush down the ice-covered dirt roads that separated my rural ancestral home from the gravel parking lot at my high school. My steed of choice in those days was a decade-old Ford pickup, whose four-speed manual gearbox and 70/30 weight distribution ensured that I spent most of my commute completely sideways with the tachometer (aftermarket and strapped to the steering column, of course) pegged in the red.

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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

Living in a heavily populated urban area means that commutes can be very time consuming and expensive if you have to pay for rides. Lots of folks rely on bikes or other battery-powered vehicles to get around in urban areas and on college campuses. This is where ZAR comes in; it is a small battery powered eScooter that lets people get around with a device small enough to be packed into a backpack when you get to your destination.

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