Battery

Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

You're out and about and your phone's battery indicator starts flashing. An inconvenience, usually. In less favorable situations, you might be stranded somewhere waiting for the tow truck to call, only for your battery to turn red as its final farewell. Whatever the situation, users will find a portable (external) battery handy when the battery is running low, topping it up enough to last a couple more hours, or, in some cases, completely recharging it for another day or so of use.

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Kraftwerk wants to put a power plant in your pocket

Kraftwerk wants to put a power plant in your pocket

There are quite a number of battery packs in the market, ranging in size, shape, capacity or even gimmick. But there some who are really trying to push the boundaries of that portable battery concept. Take for example kraftwerk, a fuel cell-fueled power pack that relies only on gas, freeing you from being tethered to walls for weeks. In fact, since it uses gas, kraftwerk itself doesn't need to be recharged like your conventional portable battery, completely freeing you from the electric grid.

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Poseidon portable battery is waterproof and insanely durable

Poseidon portable battery is waterproof and insanely durable

Extended batteries might keep your devices running a bit longer than usual, but any long day out and about requires either a pit stop near an outlet or a portable battery that can charge devices while on the go. The latter is a common choice, and there's no shortage of portable batteries from which to choose...unless you need something that can withstand harsh environments. Situations where a portable battery is likely to get wet, dropped, bounced around, or otherwise handled roughly are all welcomed territory for Dark Energy's new Poseidon rugged portable battery.

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Apple Watch battery could last the day — or 2.5 hours

Apple Watch battery could last the day — or 2.5 hours

When it was announced, the world wondered aloud just how long the Apple Watch would last. After some prodding, Apple said they expected a days use from the wearable, though in what manner they imagined that battery life wasn’t known. Now we’re getting more detail on how long the Apple Watch will last, and under what circumstances. For those expecting to get a full days use from the wearable, it might be worth thinking about how you’d like to use it first.

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Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billion

Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billion

Gigafactories are crucial to the future of Tesla, even more than awesome cars and SUVs like the Model X. The delicate mix of car production and battery manufacturing will help Tesla roll cars off the line like never before, and if history is any indication — they’ll sell them all. How much will a ‘Gigafactory’ cost, though? What does it take to build one? Building permits give us those details, and shows just how big Tesla is betting on themselves as well as our desire to have an all-electric car.

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Hands-on with Mophie’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Juice Packs

Hands-on with Mophie’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Juice Packs

When it comes to smartphone accessories, cases and battery packs probably rank right up there at the top, probably next to earphones. Of course, combining the two is, in many cases, a very good deal. And when it comes to such battery cases, there is probably no other more trusted name than Mophie. Here at CES 2015, the battery case maker unsurprisingly revealed not two but three new products designed for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and we get to take a hands-on of these deceptively large packs.

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New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

Bluetooth speakers are now ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the market segment in an attempt to win your favor. when you’re on the go, it’s just another thing to carry along, and charging it up can be a bit annoying. ZAGG thinks they have the solution, though, and it’s a pretty interesting one. their Speaker Case for the iPhone 6 packs a detachable Bluetooth speaker, and also serves to protect your phone and bring a battery backup along for the ride.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Stack hands-on

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack hands-on

It would appear that Lenovo is aiming to change the way they present accessories with the ThinkPad Stack. A series of interlocking units that are all the same width and length, each of the first four ThinkPad Stack devices are all made to make your notebook and/or tablet more powerful. The Lenovo ThinkPad Stack's first collection of devices includes a Bluetooth Speaker, a Power Bank, a wireless Access Point, and a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD. Each will be available individually and each will interlock with the other.

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I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone 6 — Here’s how

I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone 6 — Here’s how

If Santa brought you an iPhone for Christmas, you’re likely still in love with your new iDevice. Of all the knocks on any iPhone, battery life is among the most notable, with the small-ish battery of an iPhone tending to need a charge daily. In my experience, though, the iPhone 6 can last quite a bit longer than your work day and commute home. I’ve even been able to take it on weekend jaunts without needing to plug it in. Here’s how.

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AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

There've been backpacks in the past that had batteries inside them. Batteries that charge your devices while you're walking about, talking with your best pals, waiting for your smartphone to come back to full energy. What the folks at AMPL hope to do is make that process smarter. This backpack lets you know how far your charging has gone, which devices need more time, and what you're going to want to do in the way of prioritizing each device as they ramp up.

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