Archive for the ‘Battery technology’ Category
  • [CES] mPower Flashlight
    by Mike
    Posted January 6th, 2010 at 9:05 pm
    It never fails -- any time you reach for that flashlight, often times of urgent matters, you come to find that there isn't a single electron inside willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. That lack of guiding light is depressing, frustrating, and sometimes dangerous. That's where Mpower's innovative new flashlight come in handy. Designed by Porche Design Studio, the mPower light features two compartments -- one for the normal replaceable batteries we're all familiar with and a...
  • Mobile power in your pocket with the “Finger Generator”
    by Mike
    Posted January 4th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Mobile power generators for things such as flashlights and consumer electronics are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people adopt such things. In regards to flashlights, simple "shake" designs allow users to shake the light for a specified amount of time time to create clean energy. That's all fine and dandy, but even the flashlight style shaker isn't exactly the smallest or most portable design. Enter the realm of the Finger Charger. This concept is an ingenious creation coi...
  • Porsche’s Lithium-ion battery offering finally here.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 10:38 pm
    **Update: I apologize for the countless typos and broken sentences that were found throughout this post. I was *attempting* to write while drowsy. Utter failure. Don't post drowsy folks... Battery technology just isn't keeping up with the demand consumer electronics are putting on them. No one would normally think that a 22lb. weight reduction in a car is something to brag good about. But in the wild world of racing, every ounce can be vitally important. Today, Porsche is taking the ...
  • The battery of tomorrow: Paper
    by Mike
    Posted December 8th, 2009 at 7:50 am
    The science world is currently fixating on those uber cool Zinc-air batteries that are set to debut next year, but the really cool technology is further ahead still. Batteries of late have one simple problem: fast discharge times, length charge times, and short life span just to name a few. Did you ever think that something so abundant and widespread as paper could be a mobile energy saving grace? Yes, normal paper has been turned into a battery thanks to the many great minds at Stanford ...
  • Triple that iPhone battery of yours for $15!
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 12:38 pm
    iPhone users regardless of race, age, sex, etc. all have one thing in common -- their batteries could be better. iPhone batteries that is. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone does a great job of squeezing out the most juice possible with what it's given. But if you've ever seen a tear down or spec sheet of the iPhone/3G/3GS, you'll know "what it's given" isn't that much -- 1400mAh for the original iPhone and 1150mAh for the 3G/3GS. The 3rd party accessory market is full of battery extenders and c...
  • Medis Xtreme Portable Fuel Cell charger coming to T-Mobile
    by Mike
    Posted October 21st, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    Typical batteries haven't quite caught up to the demands that humans and our gadgets place on them. We can't remain tethered to a wall for hours on end each day so a new solution has to be made. Fuel Cells may conjure up images of futuristic cars or space craft in your head. But in reality, the tech surrounding fuel cells has undergone some significant progress over the last couple years with size being one of the biggest improvements. Today, T-Mobile along with Medis Technologies launched ...
  • Energizer “D” sized batteries aren’t really D batteries…(AA wrapped in plastic) [Scandalous]
    by Mike
    Posted August 27th, 2009 at 6:08 am
    Gadgets take electricity. It's the nature of the beast. Naturally, running around the world with gadgets in tow means bringing tons of mobile energy. Whether it be solar chargers, wind power, or good 'ol classic battery power, we need a way to bring energy on the go. Similarly, Energizer has been a household name for decades, providing reliable energy on the run. But is their credibility about to take a major turn downward? Apparently, Energizer's "High Capacity" "D" sized batteries are ...
  • Sony working on Olivine-Type wonder batteries…outlets cry out in happy harmony
    by Mike
    Posted August 11th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    Any gadget aficionado is more than likely very familiar with their local electrical outlets. Gadgets, especially feature rich, drool inducing gadgets love to suck batteries dry. Unfortunately, batteries have so far failed to keep up with the demands that all of these extra features demand of them. Thankfully, Sony is working on one of many solutions out there that looks to be pretty intriguing. The new batteries feature an Olivine-type material inside that is considerably more energy dense...
  • Amzer’s 3800 mAh battery ensures multi-day usage, turns Pre into terminally ill patient
    by Mike
    Posted August 10th, 2009 at 8:56 am
    I am what one would call a "power user". I use my smartphones' features, whatever phone it may be, to the fullest extent. Often times charging my phone 2 or 3 times a day is not unheard of as battery makers/technology has fallen grossly behind the features and performance that are being demanded form these little energy cells. Palm Pre users who were unhappy with the Pre's stock run time have had several options to choose from so far. One of those third party options provided by Amzer gave...
  • X-Power 1 adds a new twist in the iPhone extended battery game.
    by Mike
    Posted July 29th, 2009 at 6:12 am
    Extended battery options for the iPhone/3G/S have exploded into a huge aftermarket niche as we all know the iPhone's battery across all iterations is pretty much crap when you use your iPhone for anything that it's marketed for. Thankfully, 3rd party vendors have kept busy bringing consumers many different options in the war against the ever dying battery. So far we've seen batteries built into cases, stand alone batteries and everything in between. Oh so we thought. However, the X-Power 1...
  • Dyson Energy Bracelet concept aims to un-tether mobile junkies
    by Mike
    Posted July 6th, 2009 at 7:42 am
    Mobile junkies and gadgety geeks are always looking for ways to get just a few more precious minutes of battery life coaxed out of our favorite gadgets while on the go. I know how frustrating and plain unfair it can be to have your gadget of choice die on you in the middle of a trip with no relief (outlet) in site for several or more hours. Thankfully the forward thinkers consisting of Mathieu Servais, Camille Lefer, Clément Faydi, and Mickaël Denié, all third year students in France at t...
  • Cut the cord with the WildCharge iPhone Wireless Charger
    by Mike
    Posted June 24th, 2009 at 5:58 am
    Many people would consider them self free spirits in the sense that they live life in the here and now, unfettered by long term promises or goals. Why live for what may never come? Often, such individuals, being the free spirits that they are, can't stand the daily routine of having to sit down and plug in their beloved gadgets. Thankfully there is now *kind of* (seeing as you still have to attach something to a wall via cord) a solution with the WildCharge iPhone Wireless Charger. Said char...
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