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Tesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”

Tesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”

Tesla has a solar roof and Powerwall announcement coming today and ahead of that announcement Tesla is taking the opportunity to talk about its Powerpack shipments. While the Powerwall products are aimed more at the end user, the Powerpack products are more for utility and enterprise customers. Tesla rolled out its Powerpack 2 system in September of this year and so far the products in the Powerpack 2 range have proven popular and are shipping robustly.

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Fremo’s Evo battery frees Amazon Echo Dot from restraints

Fremo’s Evo battery frees Amazon Echo Dot from restraints

If you wanted to get a hold of Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant on the cheap, you had not look farther than Amazon’s own Echo Dot, which gave you a squashed Echo for $50 only. Looks, however, can be deceiving. Despite the speaker’s diminutive size, it isn’t exactly portable, require you to plug it into a power source before you can use it. Battery maker Fremo, however, offers a fix: the Evo battery base for the 2nd gen Amazon Echo Dot. That is, if you’re willing to pay the same price as the Echo Dot itself.

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Samsung considers compensation program, LG batteries for future

Samsung considers compensation program, LG batteries for future

The Galaxy Note 7 has truly shaken Samsung to its core. And those who think that the ripples are limited only to its mobile business, they better think again. There was even one report of a misbehaving Samsung smart washing machine. The company, however, has no choice but to try and move forward, and its next steps will determine whether consumers will retain confidence in the brand. Some of those steps, according to sources, include offering disgruntled Galaxy Note 7 owners some compensation as well as using LG Chem’s batteries for the Galaxy S8.

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Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

It’s either the worst or the best time to be talking about new battery technologies. Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 rollout has probably consumers and manufacturers wary about changing the battery formula too much. At the same time, however, the incidents only showed how the industry is in dire need of improved battery technologies. Panasonic, is, of course, undaunted by those and at CEATEC next week, it will be showing of a lithium-ion battery, the same type that powers mobile and wearable devices, that can be bended and twisted, safely and without losing its charge.

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New Galaxy Note 7 overheats, loses power when charging

New Galaxy Note 7 overheats, loses power when charging

Just when you, or more likely Samsung, thought the nightmare will soon be over, new specters threaten to prolong the Korean manufacturer’s suffering. In South Korea, where it had first started the replacements of defective Galaxy Note 7 models, there are growing reports that the placements, while not exploding, do still overheat. They even claim that the smartphone continues to lose power even while plugged in for charging, forcing Samsung to delay restarting the sales of the seemingly cursed phablet.

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This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

Most consumer-use drones offer a flight time of anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. While the idea of simply using a larger battery to extend that time seems ideal, it actually results in increased weight for the drone, in turn reducing its flight time. It's this dilemma that prompted one researcher to create a prototype drone that can fly non-stop without the use of battery.

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Surface Pro 3’s battery woes begin anew

Surface Pro 3’s battery woes begin anew

Batteries on mobile devices are becoming a hot (sometimes literally) these days. On the one hand, that could help hasten the development of newer, safer, and more reliable power sources. On the other hand, it infuriates and worries consumers to no end. Even before the Galaxy Note 7’s battery fiasco, Surface Pro 3 owners were already up in arms about their own problems. But while a firmware update did seemingly fix the issue for those affected by it, it may have inadvertently trigger another, perhaps more debilitating, bug for others.

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Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you likely know of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 problems. The manufacturer has issued a global recall for the device after reports of overheating batteries catching fire and potentially exploding began to surface, and it has been investigating the cause of the problems ever since. It would appear the preliminary results of these tests have led to an early reason why these batteries could be malfunctioning, according to a Bloomberg report.

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

Apple is not one to talk about hard specs, preferring to use market-speak in words that regular consumers would presumably understand better, words like “x times faster” or “n hours longer”. Usually it’s up to third-party sites and benchmarks to verify, or even refute, such claims. Despite some rather controversial features, or the lack of them, the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus seems to at least deliver on the promise of a better battery life and a more powerful processor.

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iPhone 7 battery life extended… a tiny bit

iPhone 7 battery life extended… a tiny bit

Apple reveals the extended battery life of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a list of activities and life times. This is one of the big selling features on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, putting the devices ahead of every other iPhone that's been sold by Apple in the past 9 years. The iPhone 7, they suggest, can last up to 12 hours with 3G or LTE web browsing, while the iPhone 7 Plus can last 13. Wireless audio on the iPhone 7 will have the device running for a whopping 40 hours, while the iPhone 7 Plus could potentially last 60.

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Galaxy Note 7 ditching batteries from Samsung’s own SDI arm

Galaxy Note 7 ditching batteries from Samsung’s own SDI arm

Samsung is really in a heap of trouble, even if it is mostly its mobile business that will directly be affected. The case with the exploding batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 has become a total mess, and Samsung will have no one else to blame. That’s because the batteries in affected units apparently came from Samsung SDI, the company’s own battery making affiliate. After this fiasco exploded (literally for some), Samsung has reportedly decided to stop using those batteries in future production of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

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Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

What should have been a fairy tale ending to Samsung’s 2016 might be turning into a nightmare. Although lauded as one of this year’s best smartphones so far, pending the official reveal of the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might become the most scandalous one instead. Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the shipments of the phablet in order to conduct further product quality tests. Although the company is naturally keeping mum over the matter, recent incidents would point to reports of exploding batteries as the cause of the delay.

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