Using cryo-EM to take atomic level images of dendrites, researchers were able to study more closely the finger-like growths that can cause batteries to blow up. Here's what they discovered:
Energy October 28, 2017
A CCTV video caught a Samsung smartphone exploding while in the pocket of its owner. The incident brings back memories of the Galaxy Note 7, but this time, it is not Samsung's fault.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 8, 2017
Several people have been reporting that their iPhone 8 is cracking open because of a swollen battery. Could this be a potentially huge disaster similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?
Apple October 7, 2017
More cases of the iPhone 8 Plus cracking open due to swelling batteries have been reported in addition to the first incidents last week. Should owners of the smartphone start to panic?
Apple October 5, 2017
Honda has recalled 1.2 million Accord vehicles over concerns on potentially fire-causing battery sensors. Learn more about the recall of the company, which also figured in the exploding Takata airbag issue and is releasing a new Accord model.
Car Tech July 14, 2017
University of Washington researchers have introduced a battery-free phone, marking the beginning of the end of mobile chargers and solving the battery problems that users commonly face.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 10, 2017
International experts in the field of battery research recognized Tesla’s contributions and cutting-edge innovations in battery technology. Tesla exec and battery expert says it’s all about implementation.
Business Tech March 24, 2017
The 94-year old co-creator of Lithium Ion batteries led a team of engineers in the development of a rechargeable battery three times better than his previous invention.
Material Science March 5, 2017
To address the degradation of lithium ion batteries and to expand their life, scientists at Northwestern University have proposed a computational design strategy that suggests the ideal protective coating to save the cathode from corrosion.
Material Science February 9, 2017
The ghost of the Galaxy Note 7 continues to haunt Samsung, as a fire broke out at a Samsung SDI factory. The fire was said to have been caused by waste materials, which includes faulty batteries and half-finished products.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 8, 2017
Apple confirmed the recall of select iPhone 6s units in the UAE, a move that could cost the company $7 million.
Apple February 8, 2017
Will the battery of the Nintendo Switch be powerful enough to deliver the promise of a hybrid console? An analysis revealed that there is no quick charge technology, and that charging is faster through the AC adapter than its dock.
Video Games January 23, 2017
The $5 billion Gigafactory is now online as Tesla Motors has initiated the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at the facility. The move was made despite the fact that less than 30 percent of the Gigafactory's structure is completed.
Business Tech January 4, 2017
Users have been complaining about battery drain issues affecting the Apple AirPods Charging Case, but a simple workaround might fix the problem. Based on user reports, resetting the AirPods apparently solves the issue for some, albeit not all.
Apple January 3, 2017
The Switch is Nintendo's must win gaming device, but it would seem the company is trying to break its own legs if the FCC report is true. As it stands, Nintendo could release the Switch without a replaceable battery option, similar to how many smartphones and tablets are designed.
Video Games December 29, 2016
Some AirPods users are experiencing battery drain problems with the charging case of the wireless earphones. Is there anything that affected customers can do to fix the problem?
Apple December 28, 2016
A drone video shows the impressive progress made in the construction of the Gigafactory. Tesla hopes to have the facility fully operational by 2020.
Car Tech December 26, 2016
Apple has launched a new repair program that will fix iPhone 6s units that are suddenly shutting down. The problem will be fixed by replacing the batteries of the affected devices.
Apple November 21, 2016
In an effort to get customers to return the recently recalled Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has announced it will release a battery software update for the device in Europe. The software will limit the Note 7 from charging above 60 percent, which it hopes will be enough to encourage current owners to return the phablet.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 26, 2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries were tested internally in the South Korean manufacturer's own CTIA-certified labs, and the results didn't reveal any issues in the first and replacement units.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 16, 2016
Samsung released a statement revealing that the battery manufacturing issue that caused the recall in the smartphone in the market was not the reason why the Note 7 explosion occurred in China.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 20, 2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement units will reportedly sport a green battery indicator instead of the original white one. Replacements for the Note 7 will arrive at retail locations by Sept. 21.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 16, 2016
Three major Australian airlines have banned the use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on their planes, and more could follow worldwide. The move follows Samsung's massive recall of the device over exploding batteries.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 8, 2016
Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units will reportedly have safe batteries from Chinese supplier ATL that won't explode, and there's a chance that yours already has it. Here's how to check what's under your phablet's hood.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 6, 2016
Exploding batteries have been reported for different kinds of consumer devices, including Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and hoverboards. Why are they exploding, and how can you protect yourself from these fiery incidents?
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 4, 2016
The popularity of 'Pokémon GO' has led to a surge in sales of portable power packs. As such, manufacturers of these battery packs could very well be one of the few segments of society with no complaints against the game.
Business Tech August 5, 2016
A leaked PowerPoint presentation on Weibo reveals that ZTE is working on a new 5.5-inch smartphone dubbed the Nubia N1. The Android-powered handset will allegedly house a 5,000 mAh battery.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 4, 2016
A new report claims the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will ship with a larger battery than that of its predecessor, Galaxy Note 5. The smartphone will reportedly include a 3,600 mAh battery, and the source backs up reports it will launch on Aug. 2.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 29, 2016
Consumer advocates are calling for stricter regulations on button batteries to protect children from accidentally swallowing them. Currently, only the toys meant for children below three years of age come with secure compartments for button batteries.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 31, 2016
Is a Volkswagen battery factory opening soon? While rocked by a diesel emissions scandal, the carmaker is reportedly building its own car battery factory to strengthen its presence and sales in the electric car market.
Car Tech May 30, 2016
For people who eat bad things, a new robot could keep them from doing serious damage to themselves. This origami robot is being built to eat button batteries lodged in peoples' stomachs.
Robotics May 14, 2016
Nissan announced xStorage, a home energy storage system, which is expected to give stiff competition to Tesla's Powerwall. The xStorage will be available in the UK in September.
Smart Home May 12, 2016
Scientists were able to develop lithium-ion batteries that may last a lifetime. The new technology enables batteries to last 400 times longer than usual, providing great promise to the future of energy sources.
Material Science April 24, 2016
LG is offering select smartphone batteries at 60 percent off and charging cradles for 50 percent off. Customers that purchase bundles containing a battery and a charging cradle, however, can enjoy discounts of up to 70 percent off.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 14, 2016
Scientists were able to discover a combined electrolyte-separator for lithium-ion batteries that can withstand high temperatures. White graphene is the component that enables the compound to perform efficiently.
Energy April 14, 2016
Tesla has quietly discontinued its larger 10-kWh Powerwall home battery system. People just didn't buy it, and probably for good reasons, too.
FUTURE TECH March 24, 2016
MIT researchers developed a system for generating electricity sans use of toxic materials such as lithium. The carbon nanotube-based power system uses ordinary table sugar as combustible material to produce power.
Energy March 15, 2016
The technology that charges batteries could be key in turning salt water to fresh water. Sodium-ion battery technology, while still in its early phases, emerges as a potential key in cost-effective energy solutions.
Animals February 6, 2016
Apple received a wave of complaints regarding the issue of the battery percentage indicator on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus not updating correctly. The company has released a support document and said that it is working on the problem.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 18, 2016
A new lithium-ion battery automatically shuts down when its temperature gets too high and then powers back on when it has cooled down. The technology can help prevent explosions and other accidents linked to overheating batteries.
Energy January 12, 2016
A 35-year old man from Devon suffered serious burns on his leg after his e-cigarette battery exploded inside his pocket. He urges users to be extra careful when handling e-cigarettes.
LIFE November 28, 2015
We take a look at a new smart battery taking aim at Nest.
Gadgets November 19, 2015
The existing iPhone 6s has a 1,715 mAh battery and rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 may not get a bigger battery. Apple may also use the same IPS LCD panels in the iPhone 7 as used in its predecessors.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 17, 2015
Huawei has announced a new, quick-charging battery technology that will see batteries being charged in a matter of minutes. The technology does, however, use a special charger and there's no word on when it might be released to the public.
Gadgets November 16, 2015
Newer devices, such as the Nexus 5X, OnePlus X, Droid Maxx 2 and One A9, continue to push the boundaries of smartphone technology. Will the batteries of these devices support all the newfeatures and upgraded systems?
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 2, 2015