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Laser-Induced graphene supercapacitors may be the future of wearables

Laser-Induced graphene supercapacitors may be the future of wearables

Last year researchers at Rice University announced that they had been able to develop a way to produce graphene usiang a computer-controlled laser in the process. The resulting product was dubbed laser-induced graphene (LIG). Since developing the material, the researchers are now proposing that it might be a suitable replacement for batteries inside wearable electronic devices.

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Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Phorce has launched “Pocket,” a wallet that includes an integrated battery for charging your phone or other gadgets while out and about. Pocket, of course, also functions as an actual wallet, featuring a slot with a spring-loaded mechanism for inserting and removing cards. Overall, Pocket is smaller than most (filled) conventional wallets.

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Prototype sodium-ion battery unveiled for laptops

Prototype sodium-ion battery unveiled for laptops

Research has been going on into making batteries using sodium rather than lithium for decades. Back in 2013, we talked about a battery that used sodium and wood. Fast forward to late 2015 and a group of scientists and researchers have now unveiled a prototype sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery that is designed to be used inside laptop computers.

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HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

It doesn't matter if you are camping at 12,000 feet in the mountains or laying by the pool reading a book on your Kindle; at some point, most of us will need power for our gadgets in a place where there is no outlet. A new solar panel system has debuted that can create power for your devices using noting but sunlight. The device is called the HeLi-on and claims to be the world's most compact solar panel.

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Gogoro Smartscooter and Energy Network heads to Europe

Gogoro Smartscooter and Energy Network heads to Europe

A company called Gogoro launched an electric scooter that people could order in some parts of the world like Taipei back in the summer. The company behind that scooter has now announced that Gogoro will launch Smartscooter scooter and the Gogoro Energy Network in Europe next year. The first Gogoro experience boutique will land in Amsterdam in early 2016.

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Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Today we've seen a rare look at a smartphone technology that's in development stages and might actually be delivered as a final product. While many startups are creating technology that's either absurd or many times unlikely to see the light of day, Huawei appears to be bringing their own "Watt Lab" to show off its tech chops in a feature that may not just be implemented real soon - it'll be downright practical to use. Here Huawei has a smartphone with a battery that charges faster, but doesn't lower its lifespan in the process.

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Huawei has batteries charging 10x faster, 50% in 5 mins

Huawei has batteries charging 10x faster, 50% in 5 mins

In these days when smartphones flaunt octa-core processors of insane raw power, batteries have become the next most important and sought after spec. After all, the most powerful smartphone would be practically worthless if it lasted only half a day or so. Huawei, who also makes its own mobile processors, is well aware of that need. And now thanks to its Watt Lab research arm, it may have finally reached a solution, promising a lithium-ion battery that will leave even current quick charge batteries today in the dust.

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Panasonic EVOLTA batteries set a world record for railway track distance

Panasonic EVOLTA batteries set a world record for railway track distance

There are world records for just about everything you can think of including a Guinness World Record for the distance traveled on a railway track in a vehicle powered by batteries. The vehicle in the pictures was created by high school students and was powered by Panasonic EVOLTA dry cell batteries.

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AT&T GoPhone SpareOne emergency phone runs on AA batteries

AT&T GoPhone SpareOne emergency phone runs on AA batteries

As much as we love our smartphones for their usefulness and versatility, more often than not they are useless in real emergencies. Especially considering how smartphone batteries these days are not only short-lived but also non-removable. When you are out there in the wilderness or trapped in some location, you'll want a communication device that is going to last more than just 24 hours. For those critical situations, AT&T is offering the GoPhone SpareOne, a handy feature phone that runs only on two, replaceable AA batteries.

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This Nomad wallet has a 2,400mAh battery for iPhone charging

This Nomad wallet has a 2,400mAh battery for iPhone charging

There are probably three things that top the list of objects people never leave home without: their phone, keys, and wallet. Now, Nomad wants to let us use one of those items to charge the charge the other. The company has just announced a new portable charger in the form of the Wallet for iPhone, a common looking bifold wallet, but with a 2,400mAh battery hidden inside.

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Cambridge University researchers make lithium-air battery breakthrough

Cambridge University researchers make lithium-air battery breakthrough

With the growing need to move to electric cars and design computers, smartphones, and other devices that have more efficient batteries, lots of research is being performed into next generation batteries. A group of researchers from Cambridge University has released a paper that shows a lab model for a lithium-air battery that has solved some of the major problems associated with the technology.

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New silicon tech makes batteries lighter, more powerful

New silicon tech makes batteries lighter, more powerful

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created an inexpensive silicon battery technology said to increase both the life span and performance of lithium-ion batteries. The work was done by chemical engineering professor Zhongwei Chen, as well as a team of grad students. Ultimately, the creation could usher in batteries that are both smaller and longer lasting than present batteries, improving their use in everything from electric vehicles to everyday gadgets.

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