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The new iPhone XS Smart Battery Case has an annoying compromise

The new iPhone XS Smart Battery Case has an annoying compromise

Apple's Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max may offer a boost in power for heavy users, but there's a compromise in there too. The new battery-toting cases are Apple's official solution to those wanting both extra protection and extra runtime with their flagship iPhones, but they also presented a new challenge.

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iPhone XS, XS Max and XR get Apple Smart Battery Cases

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR get Apple Smart Battery Cases

Apple has launched new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, offering both protection from bumps and additional battery life in one. Like the original Smart Battery Case, the most controversial aspect of these new models for 2019 is likely to be the hump-back design.

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Mophie powerstation PD and PD XL universal batteries offer fast charging

Mophie powerstation PD and PD XL universal batteries offer fast charging

Mophie has launched a pair of universal batteries for USB devices, the powerstation PD and PD XL. Both batteries support fast charging, making it possible to rapidly charge compatible devices, including certain smartphones, tablets, and headphones. As its name suggests, the PD XL battery has the highest capacity in the series at 10,500mAh, which eclipses the PD model's 6,700mAh capacity.

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Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS and XS Max leak in Apple doc

Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS and XS Max leak in Apple doc

Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS has leaked, with the upcoming hunchbacked accessory spotted in a purported merchandise guide for retailers. The Cupertino firm first launched a Smart Battery Case in late 2015, aiming to address iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s runtimes, though the accessories have been conspicuously absent for newer iPhones.

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Can charging my phone under my pillow cause a fire?

Can charging my phone under my pillow cause a fire?

Today we're going to have a chat about the various different places where charging your smartphone can cause a fire. Spoiler alert: fires can happen almost anywhere there's oxygen, and the vast majority of the time there's a fire involving a smartphone, it's due to shoddy equipment. Not only can your phone start on fire, your bed, your pillow, and your head can start on fire, too.

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iPhone XS Smart Battery Case leaked with tipped quick release

iPhone XS Smart Battery Case leaked with tipped quick release

Yesterday, reports of a watchOS icon seemingly confirming a new Smart Battery Case for iPhone began making the rounds. The Smart Battery Case, as many of Apple fans will likely remember, was a first-party battery case made primarily for the iPhone 6s but also compatible with the iPhone 6 and 7. The appearance of this icon suggested that Apple may finally be working on a new Smart Battery Case for modern iPhones after going three years between releases.

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Honda reveals fluoride battery breakthrough for next-gen power storage

Honda reveals fluoride battery breakthrough for next-gen power storage

Honda Research Institute has announced a new breakthrough battery chemistry developed in collaboration with Caltech and NASA JPL researchers. The technology, which was detailed in a newly published study, has a better eco footprint while enabling the use of higher energy density materials in comparison to existing battery tech.

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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone might be making a comeback

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone might be making a comeback

Though the list of Apple-made iPhone accessories is fairly short, one that manages to stand out is the Smart Battery Case. This case took on established brands like Mophie in the external power space when it launched for the iPhone 6s back in 2015, and though its design was a little strange, it got the job done well enough. Even though cases that offer an extra battery always seem to be in demand, Apple has never released a follow-up to its Smart Battery Case.

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Mophie’s new portable battery can be charged with a Lightning cable

Mophie’s new portable battery can be charged with a Lightning cable

Mophie has launched its new Powerstation with Lightning Connector, a 5050mAh external battery featuring both USB-A ports and Apple's Lightning port. With this, Apple users can charge the battery using the same Lightning cable they use with their iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. The Powerstation itself can be used to recharge any USB device, including USB headphones, any smartphone, and more.

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Google’s big Android battery ‘oops’ and future Dark Modes

Google’s big Android battery ‘oops’ and future Dark Modes

Today Google revealed a bit of information on how your smartphone spends its battery life. They did this at this week's Android Dev Summit, speaking to developers about what they can do in their apps to avoid consuming massive amounts of battery life. But this isn't just about that. This is about the biggest factor in battery consumption: screen brightness! And not only that, but screen color, too!

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Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier just invested in this ultra-fast charging tech

Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier just invested in this ultra-fast charging tech

Range anxiety may be gradually ebbing as electric cars get longer lasting batteries, but the length of time it takes to recharge remains one of the big headaches compared to gas engines. Increasingly, though, fast charging technologies are promising to address that hurdle too, and getting the attention of the big EV battery suppliers in the process.

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New method 3D prints lithium-ion batteries in nearly any shape

New method 3D prints lithium-ion batteries in nearly any shape

Newly published research details lithium-ion batteries created using 3D printing technologies. The new method is capable of producing these batteries in nearly any shape, opening the door for unique designs that could bring higher capacities to consumer devices. In their typically available form factors, these batteries are either rectangular or cylindrical.

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