Items tagged with Battery

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...
Shortly after Sony had to recall its very last Viao Fit notebook due to a potential battery issue, Nokia has today issued a product advisory notice of its own. The notice impacts the  European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the US are strongly advised... Read more...
Imagine plugging your fully depleted smartphone into its charger, waiting a mere 30 seconds, and then having it fully recharged again. Sounds far fetched, doesn't it? That's what makes StoreDot Ltd.'s technology so jaw dropping -- the concept is far fetched, yet it's much closer to becoming a reality than you might think. In fact, it's already here, sort of. No, you can't waltz into Walmart's electronics section and pick up some super charging device that will juice your HTC One in half a minute. However, StoreDot did build a prototype charger for Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone. Because seeing... Read more...
Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs, has issued a voluntary recall for battery packs that shipped with several versions of its popular ThinkPad laptop line, as well as certain Edge Series notebooks. The reason for the recall is because the affected battery packs could overheat, thereby posing a fire hazard. Lenovo's received two reports of overheating batteries so far, neither of which resulted in any injuries. According to Lenovo, potentially affected batteries were made for ThinkPad laptops that shipped around the world between October 2010 and April 2011. The reason the recall isn't... Read more...
If you've been holding off on buying a Surface, perhaps the thought of a tremendous boost in battery life will sway you. As the tablet wars move into more granular battles, Microsoft has placed a new "Power Cover" up for pre-order on its site. In essence, this is a Type Cover (a cover that contains a tactile keyboard), but with additional batteries built in. Lenovo itself offered something similar for prior Windows tablets, and now, Microsoft will do similar for its Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2 tablets. According to the product page, the accessory is set to extend one's Surface battery... Read more...
Battery life has long been the bane of the mobile market, hamstringing laptops, tablets, and smartphones even as processors, graphics, and storage have increased in both performance and efficiency. Apple is reportedly tackling this problem head-on as it looks to other forms of power for its impending smartwatch device. The New York Times has found that Apple is exploring options including solar power, inductive charging, and kinetic charging. The outlet spoke to Tony Fadell (he of iPod and Nest fame) who said that Apple has experimented with solar power on its devices for years (and still does),... Read more...
A new breakthrough at Virginia Tech could be the beginning of a new type of commercial battery production. Granted, tech companies make these claims on a regular basis -- but this one may be worth paying attention to in the long term. According to EurekaAlert, a research team led by Y.H. Percival Zhang has created a high-density battery capable of running on sugar instead of relying on platinum as a catalyst. Why Sugar Could Work Sugar, or glucose, is a remarkably good source of energy. It stores far more energy than a comparable lithium-ion battery. Its energy density is on par with ethanol (think... Read more...
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