Battery

BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

Electrified cars may be increasingly popular, but one of the big questions is what happens when the batteries aren't holding enough charge for use on the road? BMW is showing off one of its solutions, officially opening its battery storage farm at the grounds of BMW Plant Leipzig in Germany today. Inside the facility, a next-door neighbor to the plant where it produces EVs like the BMW i3, is the place where old electric car batteries go to retire.

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Romeo Power Saber power bank has an AC outlet for charging laptops

Romeo Power Saber power bank has an AC outlet for charging laptops

A company called Romeo Power has just launched its Saber battery for pre-order, promising it to be more versatile than any power bank you already have lying around. Whereas most power banks are limited to micro USB, Saber covers all of your needs: microUSB, USB-C, and, yes, an ordinary AC outlet for plugging in your ordinary laptop charger.

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Two more iPhones split at the seams [UPDATE: now 3]

Two more iPhones split at the seams [UPDATE: now 3]

It would appear that a couple more iPhone 8 Plus phones have opened themselves up for want of a bigger space for a battery. These two units add on to the two we reported last week, both of which within the the first week. In our first report we found one Japan, another in Taiwan. The two newest reports come from Greece and Canada.

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Toshiba’s new lithium-ion battery promises 320km range on 6min charge

Toshiba’s new lithium-ion battery promises 320km range on 6min charge

Toshiba has announced a new next-generation lithium-ion battery that is aimed at use in electric vehicles and the battery has the potential to revolutionize the EV market. The new battery uses a new anode material that promises to allow an EV to travel 320km on a 6-minute ultra-rapid recharge. That is three times the range possible on that amount of charge with current batteries.

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Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

The Apple Watch 3 has just broken cover and it sported a feature that the Apple faithful have been expecting since the Apple Watch 2: LTE connectivity. But that added functionality doesn’t come without a figurative cost and the biggest hit is on the battery. Apple knows too well that it will be users’ primary concern, so it put up a dedicated web page for the Apple Watch 3’s 18 hour battery life. Or 1 hour, depending on how you use it.

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Samsung mobile chief defends Galaxy Note 8’s smaller battery

Samsung mobile chief defends Galaxy Note 8’s smaller battery

While the Galaxy Note 8 is billed to be the perfect productivity tool, there is one aspect of it that seems to fly in the face of that vision: it’s battery. The most powerful and most useful smartphone would be rendered pointless if it couldn’t last a day without plugging in. That is indeed one of the biggest criticisms of Samsung’s latest phablet, which company mobile head DJ Koh tried to explain away in a press interview.

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This new EV battery promises to end range anxiety by 2020

This new EV battery promises to end range anxiety by 2020

A battery breakthrough could double range for electric cars, with a Japanese manufacturer claiming its new Li-Ion technology will be ready for production as soon as 2020. Potentially addressing the range anxiety problem that dissuades many would-be EV buyers from ditching gasoline and diesel. Still, there are plenty of questions about the proposed new technology.

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Moto E4 Plus Review : The Never-ending Battery

Moto E4 Plus Review : The Never-ending Battery

The Moto E4 Plus Review we've got on deck today rolls through the basics of its hardware and software and offers judgement on its overall value. While the hardware is decent - especially for this price - it's within the long-lasting battery that this device truly shines. Can a device whose display, camera, and processor would be home in the mid-range two years ago survive as a low-end smartphone here in 2017? How about if it has a 5000mAh battery, 2.5x the size of the battery of the latest iPhone?

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iPhone 8 X-ray confirms wireless charging, L-shaped battery

iPhone 8 X-ray confirms wireless charging, L-shaped battery

For the past days we have been inundated with clues about the iPhone 8 coming from the HomePod (thank you, Apple!). While the iPhone 8 story is hardly finished, it’s time for a respite and look for clues from other quarters. This time, the information comes from popular leakster Benjamin Geskin, who has provided some X-Ray images of what is allegedly the iPhone 8, revealing and confirming features such as wireless charging and the dual camera system.

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mophie powerstation USB-C XXL charges even MacBooks

mophie powerstation USB-C XXL charges even MacBooks

Power banks and battery packs have become a sad but unavoidable fact of the digital mobile lifestyle. But as versatile and useful as they may be, there are just some devices that they can’t power up when the meter turns red. Part of that has been solved by the use of USB-C in notebooks like the new MacBooks. The other part is addressed by high-capacity, high-output external batteries, like the new powerstation USB-C XXL from mophie that promises to give your MacBook up to 14 hours extra life. Oh, and it can charge your phones and tablets too.

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The 2018 iPhone supplier war has an unexpected victor

The 2018 iPhone supplier war has an unexpected victor

The 2018 iPhone component wars may so far have focused on who'll make the processor, but LG has reportedly snuck in and snatched one exclusive right from under rivals' noses. Apple's plans for next year's smartphone - which could end up being the iPhone 9, iPhone 8S, or any one of a number of names - are supposedly demanding a big change in internal architecture. According to South Korean sources, only one firm has been able to meet those demands.

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Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon had an idea for a robot that would live its life charging up other devices. This robot would call when bidden, and would be able to follow the user around when there's a need to walk. This robot - or army of robots - would address a problem that many citizens have at airports every single day of the year. It'd do a lot more good than those confounded outlet stickers, anyway.

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