batteries

NASA’s RoboSimian robot destroyed during battery explosion

NASA’s RoboSimian robot destroyed during battery explosion

A NASA robot began smoking and then exploded earlier this year due to a faulty lithium-ion battery, marking the latest instance of this battery technology being, at times, less than stable. The affected robot was NASA's RoboSimian, which had its old battery swapped out for a new one. The battery was charging at the time of the explosion. No one -- except the robot, that is -- were injured.

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Tesla’s biggest challenge is batteries, and there’s no easy fix

Tesla’s biggest challenge is batteries, and there’s no easy fix

Suddenly, battery chemistry is the most interesting - and arguably most frustrating - topic in technology. Tesla's announcement today of a new, larger battery pack which will make its debut in even-faster versions of the Model S and Model X may sound like just another spec bump as the automaker looks to further eclipse gas engines, but according to CEO Elon Musk it's never been harder to improve range and performance.

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Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is planning to ditch its battery business, the company announced today. According to Sony Corporation, it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata Manufacturing that it (Sony Group) will transfer its battery business to the latter company. The two companies hope to have binding agreements in place by mid-October, says Sony, and if all goes as planned the transfer will be finalized by the end of March 2017.

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HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP has announced a voluntary recall for some laptop batteries due to an overheating risk. According to HP, the batteries were included with certain Compaq Presario, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, HP, and HP Pavilion laptops; the batteries were also sold as spare batteries and as separate accessories, and may have been given to consumers as replacement batteries via HP’s support.

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Nikon offers battery replacement for D500 owners

Nikon offers battery replacement for D500 owners

I dabble in photography, and occasionally shoot performances and events for friends. In addition to my camera, lenses, and tripod, there are some very important things that I pack in my bag. These are extra memory cards, and spare batteries. If I don't have the right lens, or a tripod, I can still shoot pictures. However, if my camera dies, or I run out of space on my memory card, there's nothing I can do. Well it turns out that Nikon D500 owners may run into issues with their batteries dying before they should.

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Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

If you have a Leica camera and have been noticing something funny with how its charge level is displayed, you may have a faulty rechargeable battery. In a recent advisory, Leica said that some lithium-ion batteries made in late 2015 and through early 2016 have a “defective electronic component.” This faulty component could cause the camera to display an incorrect charge level and more.

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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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Tesla quietly discontinues 10-kilowatt-hour home battery

Tesla quietly discontinues 10-kilowatt-hour home battery

If you've been holding out on buying Tesla's 10-kilowatt-hour residential battery, you may have waited too long. Recently, the company quietly pulled all references to the home battery solution from their website. After being pressed, a representative from the company announced that they have, in fact, discontinued the item.

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SuperVOOC battery recharges a dead phone in 15 minutes flat

SuperVOOC battery recharges a dead phone in 15 minutes flat

Remember back when you didn't need to charge your phone every single night? Unfortunately, with the amount of processing power, and manufacturers' obsession with thinner and lighter phones, we're sometimes lucky to make it through the day. However, if one company has their way, you'll only need a few minutes to make a dead battery full again.

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Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Today we've seen a rare look at a smartphone technology that's in development stages and might actually be delivered as a final product. While many startups are creating technology that's either absurd or many times unlikely to see the light of day, Huawei appears to be bringing their own "Watt Lab" to show off its tech chops in a feature that may not just be implemented real soon - it'll be downright practical to use. Here Huawei has a smartphone with a battery that charges faster, but doesn't lower its lifespan in the process.

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Gogoro’s newest investments comes from Panasonic and the NDF

Gogoro’s newest investments comes from Panasonic and the NDF

The folks at the electric battery and scooter company Gogoro have announced a new round of investments from Panasonic and the National Development Fund of Taiwan. Both of these investors are significant, as one provides battery tech for the company, and the other is part of the government of the country in which Gogoro's first release of electric scooters has taken place. There, in Taipei, Gogoro's pilot market has taken off with flying colors.

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