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Xiaomi Mi Max 3: the Battery King cometh

Xiaomi Mi Max 3: the Battery King cometh

Xiaomi did something uncharacteristic lately. Within 24 hours before its official event, it has practically revealed everything there is to know about the Mi Max 3. It’s a strategy LG regularly employs for its flagships but unusual for Xiaomi. Not that we’re complaining because now we know just how massive the phone is to fit its equally massive battery. But while the price tag is fortunately not that big, US consumers are again left wishing for good things they still can’t have.

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These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

Mophie has a new range of Powerstation external batteries that can recharge via Apple Lightning, cutting down the number of power adapters iPhone users need to carry. Four new Mophie Powerstations are being launched today, with batteries running the gamut from 20 hours more runtime for your iPhone X, though to more than 18 hours for a thirsty iPad.

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Belkin Boost Charge 10K power bank recharges with Lightning cable

Belkin Boost Charge 10K power bank recharges with Lightning cable

Belkin has launched a new power bank that charges using a Lightning, rather than USB, port. The device is marketed directly at iPhone and iPad owners who likely already carry a Lightning cable around but don't want to add a USB cable into the mix. According to Belkin, this is the first power bank of its kind to recharge with the Lightning connector.

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First solid-state lithium batteries to be used in drones this year

First solid-state lithium batteries to be used in drones this year

The very first semisolid lithium batteries will make their debut this year. Those initial batteries will be used inside drones, but the batteries will come to other applications in the next few years. This sort of battery is expected to find its way into EVs after 2021.

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Galaxy Note 9 battery explains camera design and it’s all good

Galaxy Note 9 battery explains camera design and it’s all good

When leaks of the Galaxy Note 9’s design started to come out, it was quickly noticed that it diverged from Samsung’s new design on the Galaxy S9 in a very small way. While not exactly a deal breaker, the Galaxy Note 9’s alleged horizontal dual cameras was at least puzzling compared to the vertical orientation of the Galaxy S9+’s own cameras. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have been made out of a whim and Samsung may have a very good reason for it.

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GM and Honda team to develop next generation EV batteries

GM and Honda team to develop next generation EV batteries

Improving battery life and energy capacity is a big deal for automakers around the world. More storage capacity for energy inside the battery and lighter batteries will greatly impact how far drivers can go with each charge of their electric vehicle. GM and Honda have announced that they have teamed up to accelerate battery development for both companies.

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Apple may have $50 for you if you replaced your iPhone battery in 2017

Apple may have $50 for you if you replaced your iPhone battery in 2017

iPhone owners who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement may find that they're eligible for a $50 credit from Apple, as the company continues its power throttling mea-culpa. Apple cut its fees for out-of-warranty battery swaps in late December 2017, in the aftermath of criticism as to how it had handled CPU management on older iPhones.

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River Bank 51,200mAh stackable powerbank can jump start a car

River Bank 51,200mAh stackable powerbank can jump start a car

EcoFlow Tech is seeking funding for River Bank, a powerbank with a huge 51,200mAh capacity, support for wireless charging, a car jump starter, and more. River Bank blows away most competing external batteries, offering the capacities and features necessary for remote backpacking, camping, emergency car kits, and other demanding situations. The product has raised more than a million dollars on Indiegogo.

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Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P is almost certainly the biggest reason why many people are interested in today's Google I/O keynote, and it turns out the next version of Android will give a lot of focus to a common pain point for many Android users: battery life. Google will once again be leveraging its work in AI (we're noticing a trend this year) in a new Android P feature called Adaptive Battery.

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Apple accused of trying to milk users over iPhone battery replacements [Updated]

Apple accused of trying to milk users over iPhone battery replacements [Updated]

Tim Cook might be only too happy to point out how Facebook betrayed the trust of its users but, months prior to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple had its own high-profile situation to diffuse. It was discovered to be throttling older iPhones over battery concerns, which is admitted and apologized for. It has since then offered discounted battery replacements, but it might not be what it seems. Some iPhone owners are now complaining that Apple service centers are trying to find the smallest dent or flaw to get owners to pay more than what the battery replacement would have cost.

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Bluesmart shuts down: Why, when, and your warranty

Bluesmart shuts down: Why, when, and your warranty

Late last year, many major airlines decided to ban smart bags that use non-removable lithium ion batteries. While there are some exceptions to that rule - for instance, you can still check a bag with a removable battery (as long as you remove the battery first) - it was clear that this would have an adverse effect on many smart luggage manufacturers. One of those manufacturers, Bluesmart, announced that it's going out of business today.

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Mercedes-Benz drops home battery effort over high costs

Mercedes-Benz drops home battery effort over high costs

In November 2016, Daimler formed a new subsidiary called Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, one that would take on Tesla Powerwall with the maker's own home battery products. The market had high hopes for Daimler's efforts, citing the Mercedes brand's recognition and the maker's existing global presence to potentially upheave the residential power storage industry. However, things haven't gone as planned and the company is now calling it quits.

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