Batteries

  • 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

  • Review: Energizer Flat Panel 2X Charging System for Wii

    Available starting today, the $30 Energizer Flat Panel 2X Charging System from Performance Designed Products is an inexpensive, quick, and cool way to juice up your Wii remotes. Read More

  • PowerPak wall charger doubles as portable backup battery

    Here’s an interesting idea: what if the part of the cell phone charger that you plug into the wall doubled as a rechargeable extended battery pack? That’s actually coming in November with the $50 PowerPak from Technocel. Read More

  • Gigantic iPhone charger packs 3000mAh battery

    Whoever manipulated the above image to make this humongous iPhone battery pack look relatively manageable ought to be given a raise. Conversely, whoever wrote “It is not bulky either as it just extends a little at the bottom” in the product description ought to immediately undergo a workplace evaluation. If it happens to be the same person who handled both the photo and the… Read More

  • Emergency iPhone charger measures just 1cm thick

    This thing’s slim, I tell you. Slim. At just one centimeter thick, the “Ultra Slim (Card Type) Emergency Charger for iPod / iPhone” over at USB Fever might find its way into a few pockets when it’s released on August 23rd. Read More

  • Man hacks USB charging port into netbook battery

    Wow, this is impressive. An enterprising young man from a faraway land (the Czech Republic!) took an ordinary battery from an MSI Wind netbook and added a USB charging port to it. He can charge his iPhone twice over and the battery still works like normal in his MSI Wind. They should add USB charging ports to all batteries! Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 100 AA or AAA batteries for $10 + $6 s&h

    There isn’t a single reason why you shouldn’t spend a total of $16 for 100 AA batteries. Who cares if these Kodak Ener G Alkaline aren’t as good as Energizer or Duracell batteries? It’s only $16! For 100 AA batteries! Or AAA batteries! Wowzer! (the AA batteries are on backorder, sorry) BargainOutfitters.com via dealnews Read More

  • Seidio's normal-size extended Palm Pre battery adds about 20% juice

    If you find yourself wishing your Palm Pre had a tad more battery life, Seidio is now selling an extended life battery for $45. It’s the same size as the regular battery pack so it doesn’t require a special back cover for you to use it. Read More

  • Printed batteries to be rolling out before year's end

    Some German researchers have conjured up a kind of battery that’s less than a millimeter thin and is made by the reactive layers onto each other like a silk screen. But the most surprising bit is that they’re planning on making them on a commercial scale within six months. Usually we hear about this stuff and then it disappears for a couple years. Not this time, hopefully. Read More

  • French company to develop Nasa's next-generation batteries: Lighter, longer lasting

    Nasa (NASA?) has selected Saft, a French company, to develop its next-generation batteries, batteries that will power tomorrow’s rovers, landers, and all sorts of space-related goodies. The batteries will be of the Lithium-ion type, like the kind inside your cellphone (but not the new MacBook Pro—that’s a Lithium-ion polymer.) Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 100-pack of AAA Rayovac batteries for $8.99

    Holy, poop. This is a lot of batteries for only 9 bucks. How can you go wrong? The description says these batteries are “cosmetically imperfect” but no one should care about that as long as they work. Read More

  • Review: InCharge for Wii induction charger

      Short Version: Wii owners sick of replacing controller batteries every couple weeks will find Tekno Creations’ $35 InCharge contact-less charging system to be a good investment. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Energizer iPhone/iPod ‘Energi to Go’ emergency battery for $10

    Here’s a reasonably priced iPod-compatible quick battery charger from Energizer. Buy.com is selling it for $9.99, while most similar iPod/iPhone battery backup solutions are going for more than double that amount. Read More

  • Review: Kensington Rechargeable Pocket Booster for Mobile Phones

    Short Version: Simple to operate and offering the ability to pop out the rechargeable AAA batteries for use in other devices, the Pocket Booster pulls double duty as life support for your phone and battery charger for items like remote controls and Bluetooth mice. Read More

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