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Use Your Favourite USB Keyboard On Your Phone With This Backup Battery

It can be hard to choose a backup battery when the market is as flooded as Bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases have become. Manufacturers are now finding ways to include added value with their emergency power supplies, such as Cerevo’s new EneBrick that can turn your favourite USB keyboard into a wireless Bluetooth accessory for your tablet or smartphone.


EU Votes In Favour Of Single Universal Mobile Charger

Here’s a rare occasion where it may serve us well to copy the Europeans: The European Union has voted overwhelmingly in favour of introducing a single, universal charger for all mobile phones sold across the continent.


A Quick Guide To Sounding Smart When You Talk About Energy

In 2014, we’re constantly hearing words like clean energy, solar power, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, the price of oil and fracking. And, if you’re like me, you know what some of those words mean but you’re hazy on others.


Colour Solar Panels Let Stained Glass Windows Produce Cheap Power

Because solar panels are designed to accumulate as much light from the sun as possible, they’re typically very dark in colour. It makes them more efficient, but also kind of an eyesore, minimising their adoption. So researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what they believe to be the world’s first semi-transparent, coloured solar panels.


Pomegranate-Inspired Batteries Hold 10x The Juice

A team of Stanford scientists recently made a breakthrough. After years of trying to create a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that use energy-efficient silicon to hold a charge, they found the secret to the winning design in an unlikely place: pomegranates.


Germany Is Relocating Entire Towns To Dig Up More Sweet, Sweet Coal

Most of us think of Germany as one of the most energy-progressive countries in the world. But in recent years, it’s also increased its dependence on a form of energy that’s anything but clean: coal. And it’s demolishing or relocating entire towns to get at it.


Every Living Room Needs A 4.5m USB Charging Hub

Like it or not, living rooms around the world are no longer dominated by the TV. Sure, it’s still on in the background, but our attention is now mostly held by smartphones and tablets while we lounge about. So forget a surround sound setup, the best upgrade for your living room is now an extra long cable to keep everyone’s devices charged.


The First Ever Battery

Fourteen centimetres in height and eight around, the world’s first battery looked more like primitive pre-Columbian art than an amazing piece of ancient technology. Although most experts agree that the device produced electricity, there is little consensus on what that power was intended to do.


Report: Apple's Smartwatch Could Use Wireless Charging And Solar Power

The New York Times reports that Apple is researching new technologies to charge its products — and it could see its smartwatch come equipped with solar charging capabilities. Some day.


Massive 24,000mAh Battery Pack Is Like A Tiny Reactor In Your Pocket

If keeping your smartphones, tablets and other gear running all day long is more important to you than keeping your backpack light, the latest addition to Limefuel’s lineup of backup batteries — this 24,000mAh monstrosity — should be part of your daily kit.