Tag: Battery

Drones With Bird Claws Could Save More Battery Life

Adding a bird-like claw to drones could extend and save more of its battery life. The talon-like gripper could allow the drone to perch on the side of buildings and continue its monitoring while resting.

Robotics May 8, 2019

Apple May Soon Be Making Its Own Batteries

Apple hired a Samsung SDI official who used to be in charge of new innovations of battery technology. This left people asking if the Cupertino, California-based company is eyeing an in-house production of batteries.

Apple January 25, 2019

Cheap Alternative To Lithium Could Be Used In Next Generation Of Batteries

Purdue University researchers said that sodium powder, when used in batteries, could provide a cheaper but equally effective alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Sodium is not as rare as lithium which is only mined in South America.

Energy September 20, 2018

iPhone Battery Replacement Price Will Soon Go Up From $29

On Jan. 1, 2019, Apple will increase prices of replacement batteries not covered by warranty. Batteries for more recent iPhones will be $49, and batteries for the iPhone X will be $69 beginning next year.

Apple September 14, 2018

iOS 11.4 Battery Drain Problem: Does iOS 11.4.1 Fix It?

A growing number of iPhone and iPad owners have complained about battery drain problems since upgrading to iOS 11.4. Does installing iOS 11.4.1 fix the issue, or are there better alternatives to solving it?

Apple July 10, 2018

Galaxy Note 9 Will Sport Bigger Battery: Rumor

Insider information on the Galaxy Note 9 suggested more upgrades in the pipeline. One of its notable changes involve the battery capacity of the upcoming flagship phablet, which is rumored to be 4,000 mAh

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 18, 2018

Verizon Offers Up To 74 Percent Off Mophie Juice Packs For iPhones, Samsung Galaxy Smartphones, And More

Verizon slashed the prices of several Mophie juice packs for a number of smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy devices, iPhones, or Google Pixel. The juice packs are at up to 74 percent off.

Gadgets May 26, 2018

Apple Offers $50 Credit To Customers Who Paid For iPhone Battery Replacement in 2017

Apple is offering a $50 credit for customers who availed an iPhone battery replacement last year, but not everyone is eligible. Here is how you can get the $50 credit, which is related to the controversial iPhone throttling issue.

Apple May 23, 2018

Apple To Replace Swollen MacBook Pro Batteries, But Only Some Models Are Eligible

If the battery on your non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro expanded for some reason, you can take it to Apple for a battery replacement. It’s completely free and valid until five years after the initial retail purchase.

Apple April 21, 2018

Apple Watch 2 With Swollen Battery Or That Won't Turn On May Be Eligible For Free Repairs

If you own an Apple Watch 2 with a swollen battery or that will not turn on, you may be eligible for free repairs. The service will be offered even to smartwatches that are no longer under warranty.

Apple April 15, 2018

Apple Rolls Out Battery Health Menu With iOS 11.3: Here's How To Disable iPhone Battery Throttling

Apple has rolled out iOS 11.3, and one of the mobile operating system's new features is the Battery Health menu. Through it, users will be allowed to view battery information and disable iPhone battery throttling.

Apple March 29, 2018

First Rechargeable Battery Uses Cheap Carbon Instead Of Lithium

A team of researchers from Australia has created the first rechargeable battery that is carbon-based instead of using lithium. The proton battery is also environment-friendly.

Energy March 12, 2018

Chinese Man Bites iPhone Replacement Battery And Causes It To Explode

A man in China decided to test if his replacement iPhone battery was real by biting it. The battery exploded after he bit, the whole thing was captured on CCTV cameras.

Viral January 24, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook: You’ll Be Able To Turn Off CPU Throttling In Future iOS Update

Tim Cook revealed in an interview that the upcoming battery monitoring tool is not the only solution to the iPhone slowdown problem. The developer will reportedly include an option for users to completely turn off the performance-affecting program.

Apple January 18, 2018

iPhone 6 Plus Replacement Batteries Won't Be Available Until At Least Late March

Apple is out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, so owners will not be able to avail the $29 battery replacement program until at least late March. Supply problems are also starting to affect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple January 12, 2018

Another Apple Store Evacuated After iPhone Battery Explodes: Should iPhone Owners Start To Worry?

A second Apple Store was evacuated in as many days, after a floor was filled with smoke due to an iPhone battery explosion. iPhone owners, however, are still urged to take advantage of Apple's $29 battery replacement program.

Apple January 11, 2018

Apple To Lose $10 Billion In iPhone Sales Due To $29 Battery Replacement Program

Apple is set to lose over $10 billion in iPhone sales due to its $29 battery replacement program. The program was launched to apologize for the recent battery controversy, as Apple confirmed that it throttled the performance of older iPhones.

Apple January 5, 2018

Cryo-EM Captures Atomic Images Of Finger-Like Growths That Cause Batteries To Blow Up

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

Video Shows Samsung Smartphone Going Up In Flames: Here's Why It Exploded

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

Apple Is ‘Aware’ Of iPhone 8 Battery Swelling Issues And Is ‘Looking Into It’

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 iPhone 8 Plus Owners Report Cracked Open Cases Due To Battery Swelling: Is It Time To Panic?

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 Recalls 1.2 Million Accord Units As Their Batteries Could Catch Fire

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

Battery-Free Phone Prototype Is The First Step Toward World Without Mobile Chargers

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

Tesla Honored As 2017’s ‘Battery Innovator Of The Year’ At The International Battery Seminar

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

Creator Of Lithium Ion Batteries Helps Develop A Better, Safer, And Longer-Lasting Battery

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

Design Changes Can Enhance Battery Life, Says Study

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

Galaxy Note 7 Still Causing Problems For Samsung: Fire Breaks Out At Battery Factory

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 Recalls iPhone 6s In UAE: Battery Problems Could Costs Apple $7 Million

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

Nintendo Switch Battery Analysis Reveals No Quick Charge Technology, Faster Charging Through Adapter Than On Dock

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

Tesla Motors' $5 Billion Gigafactory Now Online: World's Biggest Factory Starts Battery Production

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

Apple AirPods Charging Case Battery Issues: An AirPods Reset Does The Trick For Some, But Not All

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

FCC Report Suggests Nintendo Switch Won't Have Replaceable Battery: Could This Be A Problem?

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 Having Battery Drain Problems With The Charging Case: What Is Apple Doing To Fix This?

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

Drone Footage Shows Tesla Gigafactory Expanding Massively

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

Is Your iPhone 6s Suddenly Shutting Down? Apple Will Replace Your Battery For Free To Fix The Issue

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Software Update Announced For Defective Smartphone

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 Tested Internally, 'Working Around The Clock' To Pinpoint Root Of Exploding Issue

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 Says Note 7 Explosions Were Caused By External Heating, Not The Battery, In China

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 Replacements Will Have Green Battery Indicator Instead Of White

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Use Banned On Australian Flights

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Exploding Batteries Conundrum: How To Tell If Yours Could Go Off

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

From Hoverboards To The Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Why Batteries Are Exploding And How You Can Protect Yourself

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

No Complaints Here: 'Pokémon GO' Has Doubled Portable Battery Pack Sales

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

Leaked PowerPoint Reveals Massive 5,000 mAh Battery For Nubia N1

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

New Source Reveals Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Will Pack In A 3,600 mAh Battery And Launch Aug. 2

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

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