Aside from making them smaller, boosting their capacities, or adding more ports, there’s not much room to innovate when it comes to backup batteries. But Avido’s new WiBa power bank manages to squeeze wireless charging into a portable power source that’s so convenient, it now goes everywhere my smartphone does.
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It weighs 200kg, it endures temperatures up to 140 degrees, and it's been on a four-year stint that amounts to the same distance as going around the earth and then some. Not my luggage, despite what you might assume, but the absolute unit at the back of the first generation of Formula E race cars. Slapping the roof of this bad boy would earn you a disapproving look from the engineers but you can fit 54,500km of racing without a single failure inside it.
A "Virtual Power Plant" in South Australia has goals to not only increase the reliability of the state's energy network, but to also deliver energy bill savings of up to 30 per cent for thousands of low income households.
The first 100 Housing SA homes have just had solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries installed as part of the Tesla Virtual Power Plant project.
It can be difficult to figure out what to do with your old electronics when you're ready to move on from them, but here is one thing you should definitely not do: throw them in the rubbish. Discarded devices powered by lithium-ion batteries are basically fire bombs waiting to explode on unsuspecting garbos.
For iPhone owners looking to get your battery replaced at a discounted price as part of Apple's mea culpa for throttling performance, be warned: The trip might end up costing you more than the advertised $39 if your iPhone isn't in good shape.
Residents at Sydney student housing co-op Stucco in Newtown have seen huge reductions to their power bills thanks to a combined solar and battery system installed last year. After a year of operation, Stucco has confirmed a reduction of around 55 per cent to residents' bills, with the building generating more energy than it used in 2017.
Apple has finally released iOS 11.3, an update granting users the option to enable or disable Apple's controversial battery management feature responsible for an epidemic of old iPhone slowdowns. You can also turn your face into a cartoon bear now, so that's nice.
Incoming South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has today revealed that the Liberal government will not continue with Jay Weatherill's plan to install batteries in thousands of low-income households. The new government's plan will instead focus on means-tested subsidies for battery systems, and on the grid scale a focus on interconnectivity with NSW.
Whether you're taking a short trip or living out of a van for years at a time, more of us now work from wherever we find ourselves, but having the right gear to hand can make the difference between a smooth remote working session and a disastrous one. Here's the key kit you need to be packing when you head out on the road - besides the laptop of course.
After covering CES for 10 years, nothing I've seen at the show has me as excited about the future as Ossia's wireless charging technology. The company's developed a way to deliver power to your gadgets the same way internet is delivered by wi-fi, and one of the first real-world applications of the tech is a AA battery that may never need replacing.
As the organisers of CES 2018 reminded us today, when you rely on gadgets, it's a good idea to plan ahead to ensure you always have power. There's no shortage of portable batteries being shown off on the CES show floor, but none of them compare to this monstrosity that Duracell's created.
Thanks to QUT, Australia's first facility to produce commercial grade lithium-ion batteries is up and running.
It is the only place in the country capable of making the batteries - which are in the same format as those used to power Tesla cars - because of it's low humidity electro-manufacturing dry rooms.