Items tagged with Battery

One of the challenges smartwatch designers face is that of battery life. Understanding that users don't want to be bothered with frequent recharges, companies are devoting a lot of time and R&D into figuring out how to extend battery life. Looking to up the ante, ASUS over the weekend hinted that its next smartwatch might be able to run for up to seven days before needing a recharge. That's in stark contrast to Apple's goal, which is to get its Apple Watch to last all of 19 hours before needing a charge. Active use would be far shorter -- Apple is aiming for 2.5 hours to 4 hours when running... Read more...
Apple chief Tim Cook said last year said that most people would use their Apple Watch so much that they'll need to charge it daily. He didn't provide any specifics at the time, though it's now being reported that users might be able to squeeze 19 hours out of their Apple brand wearables when combining active and passive use.This is coming from "people with knowledge of the Apple Watch's development" who spoke with 9To5Mac, presumably on the condition of anonymity since Apple itself hasn't disclosed any such details. According to those sources, Apple is aiming for a high-end experience by combining... Read more...
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its findings regarding the investigation it conducted following the events that led to the grounding of 50 long-range Boeing 787s. According to its report, a series of failures have been attributed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing Co., and its supplier of lithium-ion batteries. Back in January 2013, ground workers at Boston Logan International Airport noticed that smoke and flames were coming from an auxiliary power unit lithium-ion battery that was in a Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner that was parked at a gate. A second incident... Read more...
It feels as if we've been waiting for decades for battery technology to take its next quantum leap in terms of capacity and longevity. Sure, laptops these days last a little longer than they did ten years ago, but much of that is due to processors and the like consuming far less power now compared to yesteryear. But, if you can't create a slim battery that lasts a lot longer, perhaps you can just recharge it much more quickly. That seems to be the path of least resistance, as the likes of the Droid Turbo (which can regenerate multiple hours of life with just 15 minutes on a charger) have shown.Now,... Read more...
Google's team of engineers tasked with Android 5.0 Lollipop made quick work out of rooting out and squashing a bug in the latest build of the open source operating system that launched earlier this week with the Nexus 9 tablet. And not a moment too soon, either, as Google is expected to unwrap Lollilop for several of its Play Edition Nexus devices. The problem came to light several months ago in an Android Developer forum thread. At the time, the OS was still referred to as Android L and was in the Preview stage. Several people who installed the update complained that their device's batteries were... Read more...
Samsung just came up with a solution for those times when you need a quick charge but there's no power outlet in sight. Using the company's new Power Sharing cable, you can transfer power directly from your Galaxy device to any micro USB-compatible gadget, like a smartwatch or a tablet, to name just two examples. "The new Power Sharing cable gives multi-device users a versatile way to charge their devices -- it lets users share the power of their Galaxy battery with either their own devices or a friend's no matter where they are," Samsung says. Samsung's cable is able to suck the battery life from... Read more...
Are you sitting down? Good, because this may surprise you: Apple just fessed up to there being a "small percentage" of iPhone 5 devices that may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. It's not that often that Apple admits to defects -- Steve Jobs told users they were holding the iPhone 4 wrong when reports of poor antenna reception emerged, and then Apple recycled the same excuse in response to the iPhone 5's camera flaw. And the fact that it's overly prone to scratches and chips? That's normal. Ah, but we digress. The point here is that some iPhone 5 models... Read more...
With a name like "Gigafactory," it has to be good. Panasonic and Tesla have just announced an agreement that'll see the two firms construct a large-scale battery manufacturing plant right here in the United States. The name, as you'd guess, is Gigafactory. Bold, intriguing, and totally Tesla. Per the agreement, it'll be Tesla managing the land, buildings, and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells and invest in the associated equipment, machinery, and other manufacturing tools based on their mutual approval. Per Tesla: "Tesla will take the cells and... Read more...
You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and vanish, never to be heard from again -- but a team at Stanford is claiming to have pulled off a scientific coup that really would be a quantum leap over existing battery technology -- and they've done it, supposedly, by solving a very old problem. Right now, the batteries we refer to... Read more...
Does your laptop battery seem to give up the ghost a little bit quicker when you use Google's Chrome browser to surf the web? You're not alone -- this is a known issue that's been around since at least 2010, though it's largely been swept under the rug. Until now, that is. Google has vowed to fix the issue, and to fix it soon. Even though this has been a problem for the past several years, it went largely unnoticed by the general public until more recently when Forbes contributing writer Ian Morris shed some light on the topic. According to Morris, the culprit is that Chrome doesn't fully let go... Read more...
Here’s the setup: Someone stole a Tesla Model S in L.A. and went for a joyride that turned into a police chase and resulted in a horrific multi-car crash. The Model S itself ended up ripping in two, with the front part of the car and the rear completely separated. It looks as if the rear of the vehicle embedded into the side of a building. Worse, the smashed car burst into flames, apparently due to the battery being compromised. Tesla’s battery catching fire after a trauma has been a problem before, and the company re-engineered the housing this spring to better protect the battery... Read more...
Don't let your dying mobile device keep you from stopping into Starbucks and ordering that hazelnut macchiato you've been craving. Starbucks and Duracell Powermat have partnered up to roll out wireless phone chargers in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the U.S., so you can give your smartphone a jolt of juice while guzzling your daily dose of caffeine. According to USA Today, the roll out will be begin in locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From there, Starbucks and Duracell Powermat will push to install more than 100,000 built-in table charges in each of the approximately 7,500... Read more...
At first glance, Ford Motor Company and Samsung SDI may seem like an odd couple, but together they're working on a hybrid battery technology that could eventually be mass produced on non-hybrid vehicles for better fuel savings. The collaborative technology is part of a 10-year research effort and involves a dual-battery system that combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12-volt lead-acid battery. By combining the two, it could enable regenerative braking technology in non-hybrid vehicles for improved fuel efficiency, and could one day render traditional lead-acid batteries an obsolete technology.... Read more...
No one can accuse Tesla’s founder Elon Musk of thinking too small, and his latest vision is for a monstrous “gigafactory” to make batteries (at a reduction in cost of about 30%) that will not only power electric Tesla cars but would also serve any number of other applications in various industries. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Musk told a crowd this week that Panasonic among other companies will partner with Tesla on the gigafactory, which is expected to cost $5 billion and cover some 10 million square feet of space. It will also employ about 6,500 workers, which should... Read more...
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