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UN Panel Wants To Ban Li-On Battery Shipments In The Hold Of Passenger Aeroplanes

Li-on batteries can, in some circumstances, be really rather dangerous. A UN panel agrees: the agency has recommended banning rechargeable li-on battery shipments from the holds of passenger aeroplanes.


These Totally Mesmerising Robots That Sort Batteries Are Just Awesome

Video: I legitimately have fun watching these robot arms sort out batteries because they are just so damn good at their jobs. A conveyor belt pushes out an endless stream of batteries that desperately need sorting and the robot arms somehow never fall behind. One robot arm grabs the batteries that are scattered all over the place and creates a set of 4 while the other robotic arm snatches those sets of batteries and puts them aside. It’s great because the whole sorting system isn’t totally uniform, and the robot arms look like they’re frantically fighting against the clock.


Scientists Made A Battery That Could Keep Hoverboards From Exploding

Hoverboards won’t stop exploding lately, perhaps due to overheating batteries. But what if the battery could shut off before it got all hot and flamey? That’s the idea behind recent research at Stanford, and the benefits go far beyond gimmicky gadgets looking to avoid recalls.


Black+Decker Put A USB Port On Its New Bluetooth Batteries To Charge Your Phone Too

You need a lot of extra batteries to keep the cordless tools on a construction site working all day, and to make it slightly easier to manage them, Black+Decker will soon introduce Bluetooth connectivity on its rechargeable tool batteries so a smartphone and an app can keep tabs on every last one.


This Power Bank Will Save You When You Forget To Charge Your Apple Watch

Apple’s smartwatch is supposed to have a battery life of 18 hours — and while that is a full day of activity, wearers do forget to charge the thing overnight. Thus begins the race to bring us gadgets for charging on the go, like this contender by Dutch wireless charging company Zens.


Real-Time 3D Imaging Shows How Disposable Lithium Batteries Degrade

We all know that lithium-ion batteries can fail catastrophically. But other batteries can also burst into flames unprovoked, and a team of researchers is using real-time 3D imaging to understand exactly how.


Sony's Building A Battery With 40% Higher Energy Density, Due 2020

Battery life remains the bane of the technology world. But Sony has announced that it’s working on a new kind of lithium and sulphur energy storage that will provide 40 per cent more life for a given battery volume, and should be ready as soon as 2020.


Build An Incredibly Simple Electric Toy Car With Just A Battery And Two Magnets

You no longer need billions of dollars and a secret dream to take over the world like Elon Musk to build an electric car. If you can find a pair of round magnets and a AA battery that isn’t already dead, you can build this incredibly simple electric vehicle that’s better than watching TV.


From 0% To 48% In Five Minutes: Huawei Demos New Battery Charging Tech

Batteries remain the Achilles’ heel of mobile devices. Until we can figure out a practical and affordable way to dramatically up energy densities, other approaches will have to suffice. So, if we can’t make better batteries, how about faster charging ones? Huawei’s Watt Lab just might have the answer.


Going Solar? The Services That Make The Most Of Your Power

Reposit Power is pioneering a new take on the traditional power station. It doesn’t have a generator running on dirty coal — but neither does it have huge fields of wind turbines or solar panels. Instead, Reposit’s ‘power station’ consists of a network of homes across Australia that have solar panels and battery storage, and want to sell their power back into the grid in a smarter way.


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