This Battery Pack With Built-In Games Lets You Never Talk to Another Soul Ever Again

Occasionally, the makers of the junk gadgets you can find at gas stations, convenience stores, and mall kiosks manage to come up with a genuinely useful piece of tech. Such is the case with this 8,000 mAh backup battery featuring its own built-in video game system so you can continue to ignore the world around you while waiting for your smartphone to come back to life. Read More >>

A Recycling Renegade Is Out of Prison – and Ready to Tackle the Electric Vehicle Battery Crisis

In a warehouse in Chatsworth, in the US state of California, rows upon rows of giant wooden crates are stacked forty feet high, in a scene somewhat reminiscent of the secret US military installation shown at the end of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Instead of Biblical artefacts, though, these boxes contain a more modern form of treasure: batteries scavenged from dead electric cars. Read More >>

IBM Research Created a New Battery That Outperforms Lithium-Ion – No Problematic Heavy Metals Required

With everything from cars, to trucks, to even aeroplanes going electric, the demand for batteries is going to continue to skyrocket in the coming years – but the availability of the materials currently used to make them is limited. So scientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining. Read More >>

40% off Duracell Batteries Means You Have no Excuse Not to be Ready for Christmas

Believe it or not there is still stuff out there that needs batteries to operate. Proper AA batteries, not unremoveable rechargeable batteries that break down after a few years. A lot of them (toys included) get gifted at Christmas, and you can easily get caught out. Thankfully Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean you don't have to. Read More >>

Elon Musk Says Brexit is Why a Battery Gigafactory is Coming to Germany, and Not the UK

Recently we heard from some of those expert types that the UK really needs a big factory to keep up with demand for electric car batteries - because right now we're not doing so well. As it turns out Tesla-superowner Elon Musk had considered building a battery gigafactory here, but Brexit meant he chose Germany instead. Read More >>

Battery Specialists Say the UK Needs a £1.5bn Gigafactory to Cope With Future EV Demand

A think-tank composed of people who really, really like batteries has said the UK needs to rapidly up its ability to produce the massive banks of cells needed by electric cars, and ought to find as much as £1.5bn to build a local equivalent of US carmaker Tesla's "Gigafactory" battery-only manufacturing facility. Read More >>

Flying Replacement Batteries Could Massively Boost a Drone’s Flight Time

Borrowing a trick from the Air Force, whose planes can complete long-range missions thanks to in-flight refueling from tanker aircraft, researchers at UC Berkeley showed off a novel way to keep small drones in the air almost indefinitely: flying replacement batteries that can be swapped without landing. Read More >>

Poundland Makes Alexa/Google Mobile With Cheap Virtual Assistant Power Packs

Poundland is entering the baffling world of the smart-device-virtual-assistant-mini-speaker, with the release of a series of power pack cases designed to run your favourite brand of voice-activated nonsense while away from the reach of a plug socket. Read More >>

New Research Promises Electric Car Batteries That Last For a Million Miles

Electric motors guzzle electricity, which can be especially hard on a rechargeable battery. The power cells used in electric vehicles, like Teslas, have an expected lifespan of around 300,000 to 500,000 miles, but a team of battery researchers believes it has come up with a recipe that can double that, leading to batteries that could potentially outlast the electric car itself. Read More >>

Airlines Ban Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

The US Federal Aviation Administration has “banned select MacBook Pro” units from flying in the air after Apple issued a warning that some contained batteries that pose a fire risk, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

This is One Silly Way to Fix the Biggest Annoyance About Open Offices

Open offices kind of suck. Sure, they might look like a fancy coffee shop, but when it comes to getting work done, free snacks and lots of mid-century modern furniture only go so far. Not having any walls means you hear everything going around you, while not having a dedicated desk means anyone can come and snipe your favourite spot. But perhaps the biggest problem about open offices is not having a convenient outlet to charge your phone, laptop, or any other gadget you might be using. Read More >>

Scotland Builds Giant Super Battery

Scottish Power is about to corner a significant amount of the UK's lithium stocks, as it's preparing to build a huge battery rated to store up to 50 MW of power. Read More >>

How to Charge Your Gadgets as Fast as Possible

It’s hard to think of a scenario where you’re not going to want to get your gadgets charged up as quickly as possible – whether you’re heading to the office or off on an evening out, you want that battery level as high as possible when you leave. But getting your gadgets charged up is about more than how long they’re plugged in for. There are tips and tricks that can get it charging faster. Read More >>

The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries

If we’re going to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we’ll need an energy revolution. Specifically, we need to replace our dirty, fossil fuel-based grids and dirty, fossil fuel-powered vehicles with clean, carbon-free grids, and electric vehicles that charge off them. But there’s a big problem. Read More >>

AI Is the New Secret Weapon in the Quest for Better Batteries

Compared to all the electronics that power the tiny computer in your pocket; battery technology is downright disappointing. Not only does your smartphone need charging every day, but in a few years, its battery will be barely able to hold a charge at all. So how long will your device last? Researchers at Standford University and MIT have created an AI that can predict a battery’s potential lifespan after just a handful of charges. Read More >>