Batteries

  • Review: Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery for iPod

    My kingdom for a dead-ass simple way to squeeze a little more juice out of my iPod Touch while I’m gallivanting across the globe living the life of a high-profile technology blogger. I need all the battery life I can get while I’m flying in fancy airplanes to conventions in such exotic locales as Las Vegas, Las Vegas and, of course, Las Vegas. So does the Richard Solo (made by… Read More

  • Feeling brave? Make your own super-fast NiMH battery charger


    Here’s a project I wouldnt’ touch in a million years due to my shameful fear of small shocks. What, they’re painful! If you’re not as much of a chicken as me, and have some skill with electrical engineering, you ought to give it a shot. Then bring it over to my house because my shaver is dying.

    Fast NiMH/NiCd Battery charger [via MAKE:blog] Read More

  • Power Gorilla: Power your laptop from the sun

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    The Power Gorilla folks sell solar and batter-powered rechargers for portable devices. Their latest invention is the Power Gorilla, spare battery for laptops that can run a device for about TK hours on one charge. You can pair it with their solar panels to power your laptop with the sun. They’ve had one laptop running on solar power for about… Read More

  • Why Apple's battery life has gone down: Testing methods


    I used to test laptops en masse at Laptop Magazine and I’m well aware of the various problems with the testing methods available. Your battery test — playing a DVD over and over to recreate the experience on a plane, for example — might be different from mine — watching furry porn in a constant loop while Twittering college students. That said, there has been some… Read More

  • New Philips mobile lets you pop in a AAA when you forget your charger


    I really don’t know why we don’t see more of this melding of the new and old school. Sure, there are products on the market that let you charge your phone with batteries or through the car’s cigarette lighter, but these are aftermarket solutions. This one has a slot for an AAA battery built in, letting you rock out with 3 more hours of talk time. Of course, a AAA is a bit… Read More

  • Hands on with Energizer's Duo USB charger, compact charger

    Yeah, I know, they’re just batteries, but we rely on them for just about everything from games to cameras and everything in between. I can recharge batteries via USB. That’s hot. I’ll be testing them on my Xbox 360 wireless controllers, Pentax K100D Super and whatever else takes AA or AAA batteries. Product Page Read More

  • AT&T U-verse boxes may contain exploding batteries made by a company that doesn't exist anymore

    Guess what? There are 17,000 outdoor U-verse boxes containing backup batteries made by Quebecois company Avestor, a company that no longer exists due to bankruptcy. Wait there’s more. These batteries are exploding and catching on fire. Nobody’s been injured yet but if you see one of those boxes on the side of the road, treat it as though it were a giant bear. This setback might… Read More

  • Final Word: You can carry batteries on flights

    So it seems that you can carry batteries, extra batteries, spare batteries, and other, presumably, Leyden jars on flights. The TSA warnings only mention banning “large, palletized shipments” of lithium-ion batteries on flights whereas other batteries are fine. They recommend covering the battery terminals, however. On the other hand, the Department of Transportation says you… Read More

  • New rules limit the number of spare batteries you can bring on a flight

    Junior executives on-the-go should take a few minutes to head over to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Web site. It seems the DOT has implemented some new rules for 2008 as it relates to lithium batteries. Simply, you’re not allowed to put spare, unconnected batteries in your checked luggage anymore and you can only bring eight grams of lithium battery on-board with you. Read More

  • Toshiba develops industrial five-minute charging battery

    Busy, on-the-go forklift operators are about to get the gift of a lifetime in Toshiba’s forthcoming quick-charging industrial batteries. Starting in March, it’ll take a paltry five minutes (five minutes!) for the "new battery for forklifts, construction machinery, and other industrial use" to charge to 90% capacity. You could have a smoke and hit the Biffy and your rig… Read More

  • Charging an iPod with an onion and Gatorade

    How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and teachers? My name is some guy with an iPod and an onion and physics is my business and our very special business for today is electrolytes and onions. Man, Julius Sumner Miller was the bomb. [Thanks, James!] Read More

  • Philips phone can sit in your drawer for two months

    The Xenium 9@9 from Philips has an amazing two-month standby time. That’s roughly half as many months as 2000 Flushes lasts. If you decide to talk on this phone, you could do so for 17 hours. As such, I’ve decided that it’s a GREAT business phone. You could work two 8-hour days where you literally talked all day long and you’d still have an hour left over to call mom… Read More

  • NoPoPo puts the "pee" in "power"

    I drink enough beer that these urine-powered AA batteries could save me hundreds of dollars a year. Ok, not really, and I don’t really have any devices that aren’t rechargeable these days, except maybe my remote control, but I’m sure someone, somewhere (Japan!) will find these little guys very useful. The makers are claiming one “full” battery can charge a… Read More

  • Car battery-charging stations for all within three years

    If Al Gore has taught me anything, it’s that the Earth is going to explode any minute now (think Sephiroth’s Super Nova) because we burn too many fossil fuels. So let’s stop burning them. One man has just such a plan. Some guy from Silicon Valley, Shai Agassi, plans to launch a VC-backed system of battery-charging stations. This would encourage the development of… Read More

  • Water-powered phones by 2010?

    New development on the liquid-powered battery front. Samsung’s apparently "developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on H20." Metal and water inside the phone bump uglies to produce hydrogen, which is supplied to a small fuel cell where it bumps uglies with oxygen. After all is said and done, you’ve got about three watts of power. That’s enough… Read More

  • Betavoltaic Battery: It's probably a pump and dump scam


    I had a moment to mull over this “30-year laptop battery story” and I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that it’s a pump and dump scheme of nefarious proportions. Penny stock companies that promise “unlimited energy” and “cures for cancer” often try to build a case for their stock by getting a piece in the legitimate media. As this is getting… Read More

  • Sony's Sugar Fuel Cell: Tasty, Big Electricity

    Presumably the first two images you see in this video are the battery and some sugar and presumably you Sony or whoever made this video has no taste in music. Regardless, looks like it could be a useful addition to the future battery arsenal and it presumably won’t explode like most Sony batteries. HAR! via Engadget Read More

  • 46 Million Nokia Batteries Waiting To Burn Your Face Off

    Nokia, you’ve got some explaining to do, rather, Matsushita has a bit of explaining to do over the 46 million batteries that are potential fire hazards. A short circuit in the BL-5C batteries manufactured between December 2005 and November 2006 are at risk of overheating when recharging in the 1100 series on up to the N91 and E60. Of course, Nokia is offering replacement of all batteries… Read More

  • Samsung Shows Off New Fuel Cell In Korea

    Samsung displayed its new portable fuel cell power supply in Korea recently. The souped-up battery will apparently let you squeeze a month’s worth of juice out of your laptop. Fuel cells consume a chemical called reactant that must be replenished, unlike traditional batteries that sip stored electrical energy. No word on if or when Samsung’s new baby will be available to the… Read More

  • Toshiba Recalls More Bad Sony Batteries

    Hot on the heels of last month’s battery recall, Toshiba has issued another one. This time it’s Satellite A100, A105, and Tecra A7 owners that’ll be affected. It’s a scant 1,400 batteries versus last month’s 10,000 but the batteries themselves are very similar — they contain Sony rechargeable lithium-ion cells. Read More

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