Battery

Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

With the rising buzz around drones, some have started envisioning them to become bearers of good news. Or at least the packages you ordered. But while Amazon might have gotten a bit of green light for its delivery drone plans, there remains one technical problem. Drones can't really stay up in the air for long, with some of the best lasting only half an hour. Horizon Unmanned Systems, however, might have a solution in the works. Its Hycopter UAV can fly 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on payload, by using fuel cells instead of lithium batteries.

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Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

You know you have a popular car when it starts getting damaged and stolen for parts, but you'd think the battery would be the least likely cause for vandalism. Well, apparently that's the hot-ticket item on the black market if you're a Toyota Prius owner. San Francisco drivers of the hybrid have noticed an increase in car battery theft in recent days. Both police and local dealerships have noticed the new trend, and one belief is that there is a growing demand for the part as owners of the first generation Prius reach the end of their 10-year battery warranties.

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New microbattery can independently power microchips

New microbattery can independently power microchips

As electronic devices keep scaling down, batteries need to find a way to maintain performance under smaller size constraints. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created an incredibly thin, high-performance, 3D microbattery, which could be the answer to powering individual microchips apart from any separate power source. The research team printed the tiny power source using a technique combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photo-lithography. The new technique allows for greater control of the electrode's structure; so, the batteries can easily be tailor-made for various applications. The scientists detail the new fabrication technique in their research paper.

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Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch has been vocal in the recent past about its smartwatch ambitions, and its focus lies on the battery life — arguably, the Achilles heel of wearables, something often poor enough that many have elected to hold out until better battery tech comes about. Back in February we heard word that Swatch was planning to launch a smartwatch sometime in the next three months, and at the time there was again mention of the company’s battery tech efforts, including a portfolio boasting flexible power packs and bendable batteries.

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Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

This week Tesla made a big announcement with a new Tesla Energy arm that aims to produce batteries that can be used in homes to store power. While that early announcement focused mainly on consumer applications, there are also some serious commercial applications for the battery tech Tesla Energy has. Amazon Web Services has announced that it has started a pilot of the new stackable battery units Tesla unveiled.

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Tesla Energy Powerwall batteries want to supercharge solar

Tesla Energy Powerwall batteries want to supercharge solar

Tesla has revealed Tesla Energy, its ambitious plan to make sustainable electricity more practical by putting rechargeable batteries into homes and businesses. Announced at Tesla Motor's Hawthorne facility today, Tesla Energy consists of a wall-mounted lithium-ion battery that can operate in multiple ways, including as a backup for power-outages, as a way to "stockpile" power when traditional energy suppliers are offering lower rates, or - most interestingly - store surplus solar energy, such as for use during the night.

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Tesla rumors point to battery designed to power an entire home

Tesla rumors point to battery designed to power an entire home

Tesla is synonymous with electric cars that have lots of luxury, emissions free driving range, and performance. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is always working on bringing new devices to market and recently he has hinted that the company is working on a new device to be unveiled soon. The new device isn't something to do with vehicles.

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Save your solar power; Tesla to announce home batteries on April 30

Save your solar power; Tesla to announce home batteries on April 30

The rumors are true. Tesla just "announced" that it will unveil new type of lithium-ion battery for homes and offices. In an email to investors, Tesla's Jeffery Evanson said that the company will use its April 30th presentation to, "explain the advantages of our solutions and why past battery options were not compelling.” The innovative car company also plans to reveal a second, "very large" lithium-ion battery for large-scale utilities. Such a sizable battery would be idea for doomsday preppers and those wishing to stay "off the grid."

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Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has an integrated battery, but it can be replaced (not without some difficulty, however). Some have questioned how much that replacement battery will cost, and now Samsung has confirmed the pricing: a replacement S6 battery will cost $45 USD, and the replacement of said battery can be done in a single business day, meaning users won't have to be separated from their smartphone for too long. In certain circumstances in particular, though, the replacement battery will be free.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge battery bump: hands-on with Mophie’s newest Juice Pack

The Galaxy S6 Edge battery bump: hands-on with Mophie’s newest Juice Pack

This is the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While it might seem rather similar to the same device for the Galaxy S6 (without edge), this version is ever-so-slightly different, made perfect for the unique shape of this device. Battery woes haven't been reported as massively significant in reviews of the device thus far - but with an extra-wide screen, users will end up aiming for battery solutions like these one way or the other. Mophie has teamed with Samsung to push battery life to the masses as fast as possible.

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Aukey Quick Charge review; 10,000mAh of fast-charging bliss

Aukey Quick Charge review; 10,000mAh of fast-charging bliss

You need power for your gadgets — there’s just no getting around it. Sometimes you’re near an outlet. Other times, you’re on-the-go and can’t be bothered to plug in. The Aukey 10,000mAh External Battery is made for those times. Like most battery packs, it brings you a charge when you’re out and about. Unlike most battery packs, it also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, so if your phone also supports that tech, Aukey’s pack will power you up quickly. Does it really work as advertised, though?

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Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Mophie may have its roots in providing snug-fitting extra power for the iPhone, but the future is all about the next big headache in mobile: storage space. Sure, running out of juice by mid-afternoon is an annoyance on your smartphone, but, Mophie points out, running out of memory is even more stressful. It might not happen so often, but with memory card slots getting rarer, having to face deleting your photos, music, and videos is a lot worse than needing to squat by an outlet. Enter the new Mophie Space Pack line and the companion Space app; I caught up with the Mophie team to find out more.

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