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CSIRO Discovers Method To Boost Lithium Battery Performance

The next generation of rechargeable lithium batteries set to change the electric vehicle industry may soon be here, thanks to the humble salt bath.

CSIRO scientists, in collaboration with RMIT University and QUT, have found that pre-treating a battery’s lithium metal electrodes with an electrolyte salt solution extends the battery life and increases performance and safety, to a point where electric vehicles will soon be competitive with traditional petrol vehicles.


How To Find A Hidden Battery Report Feature On Your Windows 10 Laptop

Windows 10 (like its predecessor, Windows 8.1) comes with a hidden battery report feature that you can only access from the command line. The report provides detailed readouts on the usage, status, and health of your laptop’s battery. It can be an invaluable tool in making sure your system’s running smoothly and spotting power problems before they get serious.


The Next-Gen Tech That'll Improve Your Laptop And Smartphone Battery

We all want our favourite devices to go longer between charges, but so far improvements have been incremental at best. Chin up though — here are 8 coming advancements that will ease life battery woes.


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.


The Home Electricity Storage Revolution Coming To Australia

Tesla’s Powerwall is a 7kWh lithium-ion battery designed to store excess energy, whether it’s off the grid or from a home’s solar panels. For such a simple concept, the Powerwall has quickly drawn a lot of attention, with some pundits predicting big implications for the energy industry. The Powerwall is not the first or only innovation in battery storage technology we’ve seen, though — and it certainly won’t be the last.


Google's Getting Serious About Battery Life With The Next Android Version

Android Marshmallow, Google’s latest update to its mobile OS, is already rolling out to a few lucky handsets. With a more general rollout poised to begin, Google is showing it means business when it comes to battery life.


These Are The Laptops With The Best Battery Life

10 hours away from the cord is all well and good, but what if you want even longer? Here are 7 portable laptops that will keep on trucking for up to 20 hours and get you through even the longest day of work.


Enphase's Energy System Hits Australia: Tesla Rival For Home Electricity Storage

Over in South Australia, the power networks are working with Enphase Energy to trial another new distributed energy storage system. Compared to Tesla’s Powerwall (and some other existing battery storage), the system promises to be more flexible and has a smart management system — but at what cost?


How To Maximise Battery Life On Windows 10

Whether you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 on your laptop or bought a brand new machine, you’re going to want to eke out as much battery juice as you can while you’re on the go. Microsoft’s shiny new OS includes a new native battery saver feature — and there are a few other tricks you can pull to make sure your laptop lasts until you can find a power socket.


Amazon's Gadget Lab Is Secretly Building These Three Things

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon’s Lab126 — makers of the Kindle, iFire Phone, and Amazon Echo — is laying off dozens of engineers. That’s a shame. Some consolation: now we can hear about the gadgets they were secretly building!


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