Batteries

  • Sanyo's Outs New Mobile Chargers For Your Portable Gadgets

    Do you own an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Sony Xperia, a Nintendo DS, or other mobile devices? Do you need a power source when you use these gadgets on the go? If yes, then the mobile chargers Sanyo announced today might do the trick for you. There will be two versions: one, the so-called “eneloop stick booster” (pictured above) comes with adapters (licensed by Nintendo) to power your DS… Read More

  • Science! Viral Batteries To Be Woven Into Clothing


    Someone with a better grasp of biochemistry is going to have to suss this one out, but it’s interesting even to a chump like me. It seems that researchers are using a custom virus as a biotemplate (?!) for a new type of battery structure that would allow the charged material to be woven into clothing or other materials. It’s really, really not clear what’s going on here but… Read More

  • A123 Systems Spinoff 24M Technologies Raises $16 Million

    Energy storage system producer 24M Technologies spun out of lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems today to become a separate venture. The company raised a $10 million Series A funding round from Charles River Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. Read More

  • Apple Repackaging Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries, Charging a Premium


    Didn’t you notice it, Brick? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room? While it was my understanding that Steve Jobs owns a number of nickel mines and brings up tons of ore himself to stay in shape, pounding each core into a delicately wrought battery and then selling the produce of his labor as Apple’s rechargeable battery offering, it… Read More

  • "Vibration-Powered Generating Battery" is a AA that makes its own power

    Harvesting kinetic energy to “charge” a power element is something that goes back thousands of years, to the wind and water mills among other things. And in a more germane form, the self-winding watch goes back decades, if not longer (I’m not the watch expert here). So it’s not really a surprise that it’s being put into batteries — though I wonder whether… Read More

  • Ford Charges Up With Compact Power Batteries

    Ford‘s 2011 Focus Electric will run on Compact Power Inc.’s lithium-ion battery, the company announced today. The batteries will initially be made in South Korea at CPI’s parent company, LG Chem, with plans to start manufacturing at a new $300 million site in Holland, Mich. in 2012. The Focus Electric will be a full battery electric passenger car made at Ford’s… Read More

  • Fact: iPhone 4 takes 23 percent longer to charge via USB than via electrical outlet

    Well look at this. The iPhone 4 takes an average of 23 percent longer to charge while charging via USB than it does while charging via a standard electrical outlet. Read More

  • New quick charger for electric cars is really quick

    One of the biggest hurdles on the road to make electric vehicles attractive for the mass market is the long time it usually takes to charge batteries. But a Japanese company called JFE Engineering now claims it has found a solution for that problem. According to JFE, even so-called “quick battery chargers” often take 30 minutes to charge a car’s battery to 80% of its capacity. Read More

  • Instaload: A Microsoft innovation I can get behind

    Picture this: you’re placing batteries into a device. You put them in wrong. Then you swap them so they’re right. How long did that take? If you said “too freaking long” then Microsoft has a technology for you. Read More

  • Boston-Power Recharges With $60 Million Funding For Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Better batteries may be on the way as lithium-ion battery producer Boston-Power ramps up its manufacturing and R&D with a $60M Series E round from Foundation Asset Management and Oak Investment Partners. Boston-Power produces Sonata, better known as Hewlett-Packard’s Long Life Battery, as well as Swing, which is used to power electric vehicles including the upcoming ZE Saab… Read More

  • Electric car runs over 1,000 km without recharge, shatters previous record

    One of the biggest problems that stands between electric vehicles and becoming mainstream is limited battery life. But there has been some progress in that area lately: the Japan Electric Vehicle Club [JP], a civic group based in Tokyo, announced today a Mira EV customized by the group traveled exactly 1,003.184 kilometers without a recharge. Read More

  • Squishy batteries that fit A through D – probably not going to happen

    We have to give concept designers points for trying, but I don’t think this resizable battery is going to fly. For one thing, the actual core is tiny, and batteries derive their power from packing as many volatile chemicals into their little bodies as possible. Imagine putting six of these, at D size, into a boom box — the thing would die in like 15 minutes. Read More

  • Thanko releases "Wristband Battery" for portable gadgets

    Tokyo-based gadget maker Thanko is at it again. This time, the USB specialists are giving us the Wristband Battery [JP], which is what it sounds like and supposed to make life easier for fans of portable gadgets. Read More

  • Review: Energizer Recharge Smart Charger

    The last time I paid attention to rechargeable batteries was probably back in the early 1990s. We had this huge recharging tech that allowed you to recharge all sorts of batteries – none of which we owned – so we were limited to recharging the D cells we had and used in, as I recall, some kind of remote controlled boat. Anyway, Energizer has brought the battery charger into the… Read More

  • Guinness World Record: Sanyo battery lets e-car travel 555.6 km without recharging

    One of the biggest obstacles that prevents electric cars and other vehicles from becoming mainstream is the insufficient battery life. In most cases, potential buyers of those green vehicles are scared off by the fact that there still aren’t enough charging stations out there or that the travel distance (on a single charge) is just too short. But many companies are working on the… Read More

  • Review: Case-mate Hug Wireless Charging Pad and Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

    Short Version: A bit of a twist on traditional induction chargers, Case-mate’s “Hug Wireless Charging Pad and Case” attempts to offset its $100 price tag by adhering to the Wireless Power Consortium’s universal charging standard, which promises interoperability with other charging pads and devices that are developed using the same technology. Read More

  • New Panasonic batteries make serious promises (and need serious work)

    Panasonic held a press conference yesterday at which they revealed a new type of battery — well, really, it’s a traditional battery but using a new material. These new silicon alloy anode-equipped lithium ion batteries are supposed to provide a minor boost to battery capacity now, but with the potential to greatly increase it later. The following graph should illustrate that nicely. Read More

  • Traveling with batteries and ordering gadgets online could soon get pricey

    Here are two totally unrelated things I like to do: order gadgets and smartphones online, and travel with loads of spare batteries. Well, perhaps they’re not all that unrelated. Both offer a lot of convenience and save a good amount of cash, but with a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Transportation, that could all soon change. Read More

  • Stocking Stuffer: PowerGenix NiZn rechargeable batteries

    There’s a fine line between giving regular batteries as a gift and giving rechargeable batteries as a gift. Giving someone regular batteries is a dumb gift. Might as well give them a sheet cake. Either way, the gift is a consumable and doesn’t last long. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, last quite a bit longer. Read More

  • Review: Dexim P-Flip Foldable Power Dock

    Short Version: Equal parts backup battery and iPhone dock, Dexim’s $55 P-Flip Foldable Power Dock serves as a nice daily desk accessory and then easily pulls double duty as a portable travelling companion. Read More