Battery

Here’s how Samsung plans to make its batteries safer

Here’s how Samsung plans to make its batteries safer

So in the end, it was really the batteries that were at fault in making the Galaxy Note 7 catch fire. It is both curious and ominous that both of Samsung's battery suppliers had two different manufacturing defects that led to the same end. Of course, Samsung doesn't want a repeat of that embarrassing, not to mention costly, chapter of its history and is now laying out the steps it will take to regain consumers', and regulators', trust in its smartphones.

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Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

And so Samsung has finally made it official. To no one's surprise, the company is putting the blame squarely on the Galaxy Note 7's batteries, which is pretty much what it did before the first (failed) recall. This time, however, it has gone into more details on the how and why. While still not naming Samsung SDI and ATL, Samsung has blamed manufacturing defects and lapses in the batteries which resulted in the fiery deaths of the smartphones.

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LG G6 promised not to explode

LG G6 promised not to explode

The incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had everybody reeling, from consumers all the way up to other smartphone makers. 2017 will most likely be marked by OEMs boasting about how safe their smartphone will be, particularly when it comes to batteries and heat management. LG is kicking off that trend by explaining the steps it has taken to ensure the utmost safety of their smartphones. And while it specifically names the LG V20 in its piece, given the timing, there is very little doubt those same points will apply to the upcoming LG G6 as well.

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Boosted Boards (2nd-gen) recalled over battery pack water vulnerability

Boosted Boards (2nd-gen) recalled over battery pack water vulnerability

The electronic longboards called Boosted Boards are now into their second generation, and have proven popular with those who want something akin to a hoverboard, but faster and with a more traditional style. Unfortunately, the second generation version of the Boosted Board is the subject of a new recall being initiated “out of an abundance of caution.” According to the company, a couple customers have experienced issues with their boards’ battery packs smoking, something traced back to ‘quality control issues.'

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Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

The amount of smartphones that explode every year has gotten entirely out of hand, as one Galaxy S6 Edge user was loathe to find this week. The user goes by the screen name ReturnThroughAether and posted a number of images of the aftermath of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge explosion that happened overnight last night. The bad news for Samsung is that this was a Samsung smartphone. The good news is that this should further encourage research into alternate battery technology.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation done, Samsung wants no more leaks

Galaxy Note 7 investigation done, Samsung wants no more leaks

2016 is nearly over, and Samsung can put its past behind it. Well, almost. That will actually depend on two critical factors: whether the Galaxy S8 will return consumer trust and whether the company’s explanation for the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco will satisfy both consumers and regulators. The former is still a good few months away but the latter might already come before the year ends. Samsung has reportedly concluded its more in-depth investigation into the cause of the explosions, which it could be sharing with the rest of the world really soon.

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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

If you'd asked me to predict what I'd miss most about the iPhone 6s when I switched to the iPhone 7 Plus, I probably wouldn't have said wireless battery charging and magnetic mounting. Turns out, though, those were just the two features - supplied, naturally, by Mophie's Juice Pack Air cases and companion mounts, since Apple is yet to embrace this wireless charging world - that have been most frustrating about the latest iPhones. Happily, then, Mophie has delivered its new battery cases today.

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Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air adds wireless charging

Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air adds wireless charging

Mophie has introduced a new set of Juice Pack Air battery cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As with all Mophie cases, these exist to extend the battery life of your phone, but Mophie has also outfitted them with a few extra features. Chief among these new features will likely be wireless charging for most people.

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Galaxy Note 7 teardown blames battery issues on aggressive design decisions

Galaxy Note 7 teardown blames battery issues on aggressive design decisions

A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 may be shedding some new light on the phone's battery issues. By now, those issues are well known, as exploding Note 7s were the cause of two recalls and Samsung's decision to cancel the production and sale of the handset altogether. We still don't have an official reason for the faulty batteries, but a new teardown from Instrumental suggests that aggressive design decisions are to blame.

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Apple admits what caused your iPhone battery issue

Apple admits what caused your iPhone battery issue

Apple made a statement about the iPhone 6s this morning in China, adding details to a battery issue reported by users in China and the USA. This battery issue has affected a "small number of iPhone 6S devices," said Apple. In addition to what was reported by Apple earlier, they've revealed details on the exact cause of the device switching off as it reaches 40% battery. It would seem that this is not a bug, but a sort of feature - as Apple says: "an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions."

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iPhone battery replacement: not quite DrainGate

iPhone battery replacement: not quite DrainGate

Two iPhone battery issues have popped up over the past several weeks prompting some users to seek assistance from Apple. As Apple explains it, there has been a real (limited) problem with a small number of iPhone 6s units out in the wild that may need replacement. Other users insist that it's not just a hardware issue with their phone - especially since they have an iPhone from a completely different generation.

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iPhone 6s battery issues? Here’s how to tell if you’re eligible for a free fix

iPhone 6s battery issues? Here’s how to tell if you’re eligible for a free fix

Last week, we heard of Apple's plan to fix a number of iPhone 6s devices experiencing battery issues. When Apple announced this battery replacement program, it said that the affected devices were made from September to October 2015 and had a "limited serial number range." The problem with that description is that it doesn't tell us which phones are affected, leaving users to head to an Apple store to have their phones checked for eligibility.

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