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KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

It's a problem as old as time: one minute you're eating a piece of fried chicken, the next minute your phone is dead. Chaos ensues. The chicken is in a box and you can carry it toward the nearest outlet, but who wants to be the person sitting near an outlet with a box of chicken? Not you, that's who. Fortunately KFC in India has a solution -- it's called the Watt a Box, and it's a box of chicken that doubles as a phone charger.

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BMW i battery storage system uses old BMW i3 batteries to power homes

BMW i battery storage system uses old BMW i3 batteries to power homes

One of the big concerns for makers of EVs around the world is what to do with the batteries inside the EV when they are no longer fit for vehicular use. Batteries that have lost too much of their performance to be used in an electric vehicle can still provide plenty of performance for other, less demanding uses. BMW has announced BMW i at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29.

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HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP has announced a voluntary recall for some laptop batteries due to an overheating risk. According to HP, the batteries were included with certain Compaq Presario, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, HP, and HP Pavilion laptops; the batteries were also sold as spare batteries and as separate accessories, and may have been given to consumers as replacement batteries via HP’s support.

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Moto Z Droid Moto Mods accessories priced

Moto Z Droid Moto Mods accessories priced

Motorola has a new smartphone in the works called the Moto Z Force that is expected to launch soon. One of the coolest things about this smartphone is that Motorola designed the smartphone to work with a bunch of different accessories called Moto Mods. The mods run the gamut from things like projectors down to standard cases to protect the smartphone from drops.

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Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

If you have a Leica camera and have been noticing something funny with how its charge level is displayed, you may have a faulty rechargeable battery. In a recent advisory, Leica said that some lithium-ion batteries made in late 2015 and through early 2016 have a “defective electronic component.” This faulty component could cause the camera to display an incorrect charge level and more.

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Mophie’s new Juice Packs embrace iPhone wireless charging

Mophie’s new Juice Packs embrace iPhone wireless charging

Stepping out without a battery case on our iPhone is for many as unlikely as leaving the smartphone at home altogether, but with Apple slow to embrace wireless charging, Mophie is picking up the slack. The company has launched Charge Force today, both a range of new Juice Pack battery cases which support the main wireless charging standards, and a commitment to recharging without cords moving forward.

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MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 promises 70% charge in 20 minutes

MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 promises 70% charge in 20 minutes

As smartphones get more powerful, they consume more battery as well. While smartphone processors are getting more advanced, battery technology has mostly stayed in the same spot for years now. To ensure an optimal mobile experience, mobile chip makers are also dipping their toes into battery tech, especially fast charging features. Last year Qualcomm revealed its Quick Charge 3.0. Now it's rival MediaTek's turn to this version 3. Its Pump Express 3.0 promises you won't waste time hugging walls by charging your smartphone from 0 to 70% in just 20 minutes. That's equivalent to 5 minutes of charging for 4 hours of talking.

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Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla has finally set a date for the official opening of its Nevada Gigafactory, a massive building where the electric car maker will produce the batteries for its vehicles. A ceremony at the facility will be held on July 29th, with certain Tesla owners and VIPs getting invited. This is all despite the fact that the Gigafactory began limited operations several months ago, but as of the beginning of May is only 14% complete.

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Kanex GoPower USB-C crams 15,000 mAh of juice in a portable package

Kanex GoPower USB-C crams 15,000 mAh of juice in a portable package

Kanex has rolled out a new GoPower portable battery that uses the USB-C port to allow it to recharge your new MacBook or other device on the go. The battery has 15,000 mAh of juice inside, which the maker claims to be enough to completely charge your MacBook once. The USB-C port output is 5V at 3 amps and the USB output is 5V at 2.4 amps for fast charging of anything that needs a USB port.

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Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

One of the biggest problems with smartwatches, aside from trying to figure out what they're for, is their battery life. The average smartwatch lasts only at most two days before requiring a recharge. Pebble has once lorded over other smartwatches in that are with its 7-day battery life thanks to its e-ink display. With the colored Pebble Time, however, that time has almost been halved. The Pal Strap seeks to put the Pebble Time and Time Steel back on that pedestal and even add GPS tracking to boot.

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Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries

Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries

Normally when we talk about power packs or batteries for electronic devices we are looking at large rigid structures that take up lots of space inside the device. That sort of battery works just fine for gadgets like phones or laptop computers, but when you are talking about thin wearable sensors and other electronics meant to be actually on the skin powering the devices is a challenge.

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Battery Base for Amazon Echo lets you take it on the go

Battery Base for Amazon Echo lets you take it on the go

If you are one of the many folks who find that Amazon Echo to be a useful device for all sorts of things might have wished you could take Echo with you on the go. In fact, back in January rumors were swirling that Amazon was working on a portable version of Echo just for this group of users. Mission Power has unveiled a new accessory for the Amazon Echo called the Battery Base for Echo.

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