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Despite what you’ve heard about the 5G iPhone 12, here’s the battery truth

Despite what you’ve heard about the 5G iPhone 12, here’s the battery truth

An iPhone 12 teardown revealed the truth about the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. Early reviews of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro suggested issues with the battery life and/or potential capacity of the batteries inside. As we were to discover for the first time with some hard evidence in teardown form today, both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro have precisely the same size (capacity) battery inside.

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Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

A study published this week showed experimental evidence that batteries of the future might very well have double or triple the power capacity available in standard lithium-ion batteries today. This could eventually lead to smartphones with batteries that allow you to go without a recharge for several days at a time. It could also mean that phone batteries will last just as long as they do now, but with a smaller footprint, allowing innovative new uses of the extra space.

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Solar power Game Boy could change the gaming industry

Solar power Game Boy could change the gaming industry

An entirely solar-powered gaming device - that's the dream. A team of researchers at TU Delft Sustainable Systems Laboratory believe they've got the key to get this conversation started in a big way. The project goes by the name Engage, and it looks a whole lot like an old-school Game Boy from Nintendo.

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Makani and its energy kites are parting ways with Alphabet

Makani and its energy kites are parting ways with Alphabet

Google, and now parent company Alphabet, is often known for a place where dreams are made. The flip side of that coin is that it is also sometimes a place where those dreams are buried. Notorious for axing even expensive projects, Google and Alphabet regularly shut down things that no longer seem viable, especially from a commercial perspective. The latest to be given that treatment is wind power company Makani but, fortunately, the story doesn't end on a completely sad note.

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Kessler adapter turns power tool battery into USB power bank

Kessler adapter turns power tool battery into USB power bank

A photography equipment company called Kessler has introduced a peculiar adapter designed to turn DeWalt power tool batteries into portable power banks for USB devices and select camera gear. The adapter works with two commonly available power tool batteries, the kind you'd use to power a drill or impact driver. The upside to this unusual device is the fact that you can buy these batteries in hardware stores across the nation.

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Goal Zero reveals Yeti X lithium power station lineup for 2020

Goal Zero reveals Yeti X lithium power station lineup for 2020

It looks like Goal Zero will refresh all of the models in its Yeti X of line of lithium power stations in 2020, and it showed up to CES this year with information on what to expect. Goal Zero's power stations are stand-ins for more traditional gas generators, and in the case of the Yeti X line, they can be charged either through the use of a solar panel or by plugging them into a wall outlet.

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California power shutdown: Why the west coast went offline

California power shutdown: Why the west coast went offline

There's an event happening in California of which you should be aware. The power is out for over 500,000 people on the west coast of the USA because of a threat of wildfire. The power is not out - this was voluntary. The company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff that's now in effect - and will be spreading over the next few days.

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Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla may be best known for its electric cars but an important part of that equation is the battery. And for Tesla to truly become a credible proponent of eco-friendly transportation, it can't settle for just any batteries but has to make its own. Developing sustainable energy sources not just for its cars but for other projects has become just as important for Tesla as making EVs and it as just announced it biggest battery yet. With the Megapack, the company is aiming to help power up utility-scale projects quickly, efficiently, and environment-friendly.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standard

Qualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standard

There's a brand name for the sort of wireless charging you've been doing with your phone for the last however-many-years, and it's called Qi. This brand is part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), a group whose members include basically every major consumer technology company in the world. Qualcomm has a brand for the tech they've made to allow smartphone batteries to charge speedily and safely - it's called Qualcomm Quick Charge. Today Quick Charge was announced to be working with wireless power, and interoperable with the Qi-Certified standard.

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Research: Here come wi-fi power-harvesting batteries

Research: Here come wi-fi power-harvesting batteries

The simplification of elements having to do with smartphones in their current state seems to be the overarching theme of mobile tech today. The iterating of elements - screen size, shape, amount of cameras, piddly things - seem to be what's most important to smartphone manufacturers. What's it going to take to change the whole industry? Could a battery system that harvests radiation from Wi-fi to charge batteries do the trick?

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Motorola Modular Power System hands-on: Plug and play

Motorola Modular Power System hands-on: Plug and play

Motorola has a new set of devices at CES 2019, and they're not smartphones. They've teamed up with the folks at Schumacher Electric Corp to create the Motorola Modular Power System. We've seen Motorola go modular before - with their Moto Z collection of smartphones, still in production today. Now it would seem that they're going out a whole new door - sort of. This isn't the same sort of situation as Lenovo's Motorola smartphones - it's slightly more about branding - but no less interesting.

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Amazon Smart Plug: Smart Home Power

Amazon Smart Plug: Smart Home Power

Supposing you'd like to include your elderly lamp in your smart home setup, what would you do? As Amazon sees it, you should buy an Amazon Smart Plug, a device that plugs in to a wall outlet, then acts as a middleman between that power and the power it transfers to a 3rd-party device. This is all controlled by Alexa, albeit through wi-fi and a different device.

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