batteries

Your New Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Have A Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone’s battery life won’t last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening — but, a year from now, you’ll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery! But with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6, that’s not going to be easy.


Your Phone's Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements

Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That’s no mystery — most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don’t want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements: through your Android phone’s battery.


New Science Breathes Life Into Ageing Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries

Nickel-hydride metal batteries have fallen out of favour in recent years despite their inherent safety, because they’re not as small or light as lithium-ion cells. But scientific advances could significantly boost the capacity of the ageing batteries — and make them attractive once more.


Watching These Ultra-Fast Robots Arranging Batteries Is Mesmerising

These industrial robots — by FANUC America Corporation — pick and arrange batteries at ultra-fast speed. Watching these two guys work is mesmerising. Pro tip: Mute the utterly boring voice over and play this instead. It works like magic.


A Camera Bag Divider That Protects And Charges Your Gear

Unless you’re heading out to shoot for National Geographic, you don’t want to leave the house with a giant over-stuffed camera bag hanging off your shoulder. Everything you bring has to play a crucial role for your photography outing. Or, better yet, two crucial roles like this padded camera bag divider with a 3000 mAh battery hidden away inside.


Everyone Has Room For A Portable Charger No Bigger Than A Pack Of Gum

If your phone ends up dying in the middle of the day, you have no one to blame but yourself. You want a giant bright screen? It’s going to cost you in battery life. And with Goal Zero’s upcoming Flip 10 charger, if you’ve got room in your pockets for a pack of Juicy Fruit (or at least Bubblicious), then you have no reason not to keep a portable charger close at hand.


Energizer Is Finally Making AA Batteries Using Recycled Materials

Once the use of toxic mercury in household batteries was eliminated a couple of decades ago, it finally became safe to just toss dead AAs in the trash. But if deep down you actually felt guilty about not being able to recycle them, Energizer’s here to help your conscious with its new EcoAdvanced AAs made with four per cent recycled battery material.


What Are Capacitors And Will They Really Charge Your Phone In Seconds?

Your phone died. Again. In these scenarios, who among us has not dreamed the dream of a future where our devices charge instantly and last forever. As capacitors — or even more exciting, ultracapacitors — get better and better at storing energy, they could replace batteries and realise at least one half of that dream.


Batteries Made With Bulletproof Kevlar Fibres May Never Explode

One of the most common reasons that batteries explode and catch fire — like on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner — is because over time small conductive pathways grow inside the battery’s inner structure that eventually cause it to short out with disastrous results. But Nicholas Kotov, a professor at the University of Michigan, and Siu On Tung, a PhD student, may have come up with a solution to the problem using bulletproof kevlar nanofibres.


The New TI-84 Has Battery Life That Will Make Your Phone Cry

The storied TI-84 is about to get its first refresh in a few years, and the experts at Cemtech have some exclusive information on the latest entry. Here comes TI-84 Plus CE.