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Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is taking steps to ensure another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco doesn't happen: it is developing solid-state batteries for smartphones, something that could be available to consumers within the next handful of years. The tip comes from an unnamed Samsung executive who recently spoke to a Korean publication anonymously, saying that the technology is only one or two years away.

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Mophie’s wireless charging cases ditch the built-in battery

Mophie’s wireless charging cases ditch the built-in battery

Mophie might be best known for its battery cases for smartphones, but the company's new Charge Force cases for iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 eschew that in favor of easier wireless charging. Available for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+, the slimline cases wrap each handset in leather and add a wireless charging receiver on the back. If you don't have a wireless charging pad to hand, though, there's a fix for that too.

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Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

What do you do when nobody is buying expensive plasma TVs any more? If you're Samsung, you reboot your plasma panel plant into a market that's far more lucrative: electric vehicle batteries. That's just what Samsung SDI, the South Korean behemoth's battery manufacturing arm, has done in Europe.

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Lithium battery prototype has thrice the capacity of li-ion batteries

Lithium battery prototype has thrice the capacity of li-ion batteries

Researchers with Rice University have announced a new type of lithium-based rechargeable battery that boasts three times the capacity of currently available lithium-ion cells. The new prototype technically qualifies as an advanced lithium metal battery, something that has thus far eluded the industry. At the heart of the difficulties is the so-called 'dendrite problem,' an issue in which storing too much energy could result in mossy deposits known as dendrites, which damage the batteries.

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Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie has announced the launch of a new Juice Pack Battery Case for the larger of Google's two somewhat new smartphones, the Pixel XL. This case, as with ones before it, offers both protection and extended battery life via an integrated battery that piggybacks off the phone's own internal battery. The end result, according to mophie, is battery life (read: talk time) that tops out at 50 hours per charge.

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Apple says third-party batteries at fault for exploding Beats headphones

Apple says third-party batteries at fault for exploding Beats headphones

Back in February, a woman on a flight from Beijing, China to Melbourne, Australia woke up to her Beats headphones catching fire while on her head. She suffered burns to her face, neck, and hands, and after throwing the headphones to the floor, they were reportedly partially melted before water was poured on them by flight attendants. Now Apple, the owner of Beats, has concluded its investigation into the incident and says the headphones' batteries were to blame.

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Samsung Battery Pack Kettle powerbank doubles as a smartphone stand

Samsung Battery Pack Kettle powerbank doubles as a smartphone stand

Late last year, Samsung took the wraps off a lineup of exclusive accessories for its smartphones, including the 'Battery Pack Kettle' that features a unique design. While using the battery pack to charge a phone, the phone itself can be nestled between the powerbank and a special USB connector attachment that serves as a phone stand, keeping the handset upright on a desk or table surface.

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Galaxy S8 Battery Life Optimization Tips and Tricks

Galaxy S8 Battery Life Optimization Tips and Tricks

It's time to face reality. User removable batteries are never going to return, at least not in the foreseeable future, leaving us at the mercy of sockets and power banks. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and especially the Galaxy S8+ come with more or less decent packs, but they too will eventually need to juice up. We aren't completely helpless, however. There are a few things one can do which, though simple and small, can add up to minutes, even hours, of usage, delaying the inevitable meeting with a charging cable. Here's just a few of them.

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US Navy creates zinc-based batteries less prone to exploding

US Navy creates zinc-based batteries less prone to exploding

Lithium-based batteries are great, except when they're not -- these batteries are prone to catching on fire and exploding, hence many product recalls over the years. A safer alternative comes in the form of zinc-based batteries, but these aren't popular due to the difficulty of recharging them. The U.S. Navy's Research Laboratory is changing that with a newly developed 3D 'sponge' battery electrode made with zinc.

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Galaxy S8+ iFixit teardown could reignite battery fears

Galaxy S8+ iFixit teardown could reignite battery fears

Given the scathing experience Samsung suffered over the Galaxy Note 7's battery, you'd think they'd have learned their lesson by now. That might actually be true but, based on iFixit's surprising discovery, that might also not be the case completely. Doing a teardown of both the Gaalxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8+, the team discovered that the Galaxy S8+ virtually has the same battery as the Galaxy Note 7. Although Samsung might be confident that it has sufficiently addressed the QA issues that led to the explosive batteries, consumers might not be completely convinced.

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Galaxy S8 battery is so tough, stabbing it won’t make it explode

Galaxy S8 battery is so tough, stabbing it won’t make it explode

Perhaps the biggest question on everyone's mind upon seeing the Galaxy S8 is whether it will be as explosive as the Galaxy Note 7 before it. Given what's at stake, Samsung spared no expense at making sure it won't. And, apparently, that has paid off to the extreme. A pair of hardcore, smartphone-torturing YouTubers, namely "What's Inside" and JerryRigEverything, has put that promise to the ultimate test by slicing through the Galaxy S8 and its battery. Lo and behold, nothing went "Boom!"

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Meizu Super mCharge tops up to full in 20 minutes

Meizu Super mCharge tops up to full in 20 minutes

With smartphones these days that are slowly but surely turning away from removable batteries, the battery problem can only be solved in two ways: either with a bigger battery or faster charging times. Since bigger batteries usually mean bigger phones, most manufacturers and users might prefer the latter solution. But even the fastest charging tech takes more than an hour to go from drained to full charged. Unless they adopt Meizu's Super mCharge, which promises to fully charge a battery in the time you can finish a cup of coffee. Leisurely, of course.

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