• 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

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