Sony Recalling 26,000 Vaios as Old Battery Fire Worries Return

Owners of the Sony VAIO Fit 11A are apparently being contacted by Sony, over concerns that the batteries inside may pose a fire risk. Some 26,000 Vaio models are affected, with the Panasonic-made batteries implicated in three cases of overheating and users receiving burns as a result. A return & replace scheme will be put in place soon. [WSJ via The Verge] Read More >>

Bio-Organic Battery and Charger Combo Can Fully Charge in 30 Seconds

This video, which half the people on the internet seem to think is a fake, hopefully demonstrates the battery tech of the future. It's a bio-organic system that uses a battery full of 2.1 nanometer crystals to... make a phone work. Read More >>

Use Your Favourite USB Keyboard on Your Phone With This Backup Battery

It can be hard to choose a backup battery when the market is as flooded as the market for Bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases. Manufacturers are now finding ways to include added value with their emergency power supplies, like Cerevo's new EneBrick that can turn your favourite USB keyboard into a wireless Bluetooth accessory for your tablet or smartphone. Read More >>

Moss-Covered Table Uses Photosynthesis to Power an FM Radio

As an electricity source, what could be greener than plants? That's the idea behind this rig, the world's first system that powers an FM radio using nothing more than the photosynthetic powers of moss. And creators Fabienne Felder and Dr. Paolo Bombelli are just getting started. Read More >>

Passengers Heat This Battery Bus Shelter by Holding Each Other's Hands

The only thing worse than the cold and snow of winter is when you're stuck in the middle of it waiting for a bus. So to make the experience a little less awful, Duracell turned a transit shelter in Toronto into a giant battery that powered a set of warmth-providing heaters. Read More >>

BlackBerry Can't Stop Rubbishing Rivals, This Time Calling iPhone Users "Wall Huggers"

Wall huggers? What kind of rubbish insult is that? It's the new disparaging method BB CEO John Chen uses to slag off iPhone users, due to the fact they're always searching for unguarded plug sockets when out and about to charge up Apple's paltry batteries. The inference being BlackBerrys have better batteries. Shame they are worse at everything else, though, John. [Berry Review] Read More >>

Pomegranate-Inspired Batteries Hold 10x the Juice

A team of Stanford scientists recently made a breakthrough. After years of trying to create a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that use energy-efficient silicon to hold a charge, they found the secret to the winning design in an unlikely place: pomegranates. Read More >>

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The Ancient History of the First Ever Battery

Fourteen centimetres in height and eight around, the world's first battery looked more like primitive pre-Columbian art than an amazing piece of ancient technology. Although most experts agree that the device produced electricity, there is little consensus on what that power was intended to do. Read More >>

Premium Duracell Batteries for Under £2 are Your "Don't Lick 'Em" Deal of the Day

Batteries are amazing things. You can power things with them. They fit perfectly into a child's nostrils. You can crack them like eggs and poison yourself. The possibilities are endless. And with that, you can show off to your neighbours by getting some expensive batteries, but you don't have to tell them how cheaply you bought them for. They'll think you're one of those rappers with your posh batteries. Read More >>

Gooey Electrolyte Could Put an End to Battery Fires

Battery fires are no fun. Just ask Boeing. Problem is, lithium-ion batteries are full of liquid acid electrolyte that gushes out when a battery's housing ruptures, causing chemical burns and fires. Not fun. But what if, instead of burny liquid, batteries were filled with a viscous goo that would stay put? That's exactly what these Washington State University researchers propose. Read More >>

Rumour: Apple's Smartwatch Could Use Wireless Charging and Solar Power

The New York Times reports that Apple is researching new technologies to charge its products—and it could see its smartwatch come equipped with solar charging capabilities. Some day. Read More >>

A Ten-Pack of Premium Duracell Batteries is Your Rabbit-Powering Deal of the Day

Batteries are great aren't they? They power our lives in ways we take for granted, every single day. Without them, we wouldn't be able to change the channel on the TV when someone irritating comes on-screen. They keep our clocks ticking and our women sexually satisfied. Read More >>

Massive 24,000mAh Battery Pack is Like a Tiny Reactor in Your Pocket

If keeping your smartphones, tablets, and other gear running all day long is more important to you than keeping your backpack lightweight, the latest addition to Limeade's line-up of backup batteries—this 24,000mAh monstrosity should be part of your daily kit. Read More >>

A Lightsaber Battery Lets You Battle Intergalactic Power Emergencies

If you had to pinpoint one common feature of all the backup batteries on the market, it would probably be their uninspired brick-like form factor. There are exceptions, though, but none as elegant and civilised as Brando's new lightsaber-themed portable backup battery. Read More >>

This Nifty Device Jump-Starts Your Gadgets

A backup battery for your phone is only useful if you're willing to carry it with you. So Native Union has come up with the JUMP which integrates a little extra power into your smartphone's charging cable, ensuring it's light enough to carry and always has extra power to keep your device running. Read More >>

The Batteries of the Future Could Be Powered by Rhubarb

Building the perfect battery is a hard problem. Batteries either too inefficient or too expensive or too unstable to power the renewable gadgets of the future. But a team of Harvard scientists just built a new kind of battery with a molecule found in food, and it could solve these problems. Read More >>


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