Batteries Archive

  • Electric car runs over 1,000 km without recharge, shatters previous record

    Electric car runs over 1,000 km without recharge, shatters previous record

    One of the biggest problems that stands between electric vehicles and becoming mainstream is limited battery life. But there has been some progress in that area lately: the Japan Electric Vehicle Club [JP], a civic group based in Tokyo, announced today a Mira EV customized by the group traveled exactly 1,003.184 kilometers without a recharge.

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  • Thanko releases “Wristband Battery” for portable gadgets

    Thanko releases “Wristband Battery” for portable gadgets

    Tokyo-based gadget maker Thanko is at it again. This time, the USB specialists are giving us the Wristband Battery [JP], which is what it sounds like and supposed to make life easier for fans of portable gadgets.

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  • Review: Energizer Recharge Smart Charger

    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 21st century by adding an LCD display that shows current charge level and, get this, hours left until a full charge. There's not much to say here. You can charge AA and AAA batteries - not at the same time - and the $19.99 kit includes four AA batteries, which is nice.

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  • Guinness World Record: Sanyo battery lets e-car travel 555.6 km without recharging

    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 battery problem, and one of them apparently is Sanyo. Today the company issued a press release in which it claims one of its lithium-ion battery "systems" helped an electric vehicle to drive exactly 555.6km (345 miles) from Tokyo to Osaka - on a single charge. The car in question is a special version of the Daihatsu Mira (whose non-electric original is widely considered to be "green", too).

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  • Traveling with batteries and ordering gadgets online could soon get pricey

    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 [...]

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  • IEEE begins work on new cellphone battery standard, we circle 2029 for ratification

    IEEE begins work on new cellphone battery standard, we circle 2029 for ratification

    You'll excuse us for poking a bit of fun at the IEEE, but after it took seven years to finalize a wireless standard that didn't change for most of that time, we have to wonder how long a new battery rulebook is going to take. IEEE Std 1725 is the current set of commonly agreed rules, in effect since 2006, but apparently "the cellular industry has grown tremendously since then" and our needs as consumers have changed. No kidding, 1GHz processors and 1080p video recording can kind of do that. The Cell Phone Battery Working Group (a real entity!) will hold its first meeting on the topic in February, and the final outcome will lay out up-to-date rules on the requisite quality, reliability, construction, and discharge characteristics of modern cellphone batteries. Let's hope "smartphones that last more than a day" figures somewhere on that list.

    IEEE begins work on new cellphone battery standard, we circle 2029 for ratification originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 04:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Stocking Stuffer: PowerGenix NiZn rechargeable batteries

    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.

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  • Review: Dexim P-Flip Foldable Power Dock

    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. Review: Guess what? There are a million iPhone accessories. And it’s not easy to stand out in the crowd if you’re a company that [...]

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

    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. This is an inductive charging system, meaning that there’s no need to connect any cables between the charging pad and the remote. The NiMH battery packs slips into [...]

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  • PowerPak wall charger doubles as portable backup battery

    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.

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  • Gigantic iPhone charger packs 3000mAh battery

    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 product description, then God help us all.

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  • Emergency iPhone charger measures just 1cm thick

    Emergency iPhone charger measures just 1cm thick

    slim 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.

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  • Man hacks USB charging port into netbook battery

    Man hacks USB charging port into netbook battery

    netbook batteryWow, 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!

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

    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

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