Super. Charge. Turbo. All words that bring to mind a motorised vehicle flying by quick enough to demolish a building on impact (note: Do not try that at home). Combine them and you’ve got Xiaomi’s new Super Charge Turbo fast-charging system for smartphones, a setup the company reckons will get you from 0 to 100(%) with a 4,000mAh battery in just 17 minutes. Which sounds like just the t...[Read More]
Here’s another one we knew we were going to see at MWC: It’s a phone with a 18,000mAh battery from Energizer.
Fitness trackers are still worth your time — even though smartwatches are on everyone’s wrists right now. Apple just launched the brilliant Watch 4 that has made insane progress in the wearables sector. But you know what’s still buggy about smartwatches? Battery life. This is where fitness trackers enter the space with confidence. With a smaller range of apps and functionality, they can last...[Read More]
Apple recently announced that it was expecting revenues to take a hit, as a result of several factors. Economic slowdown and increased competition from China were blamed but another cause seems to be the company’s discounted battery replacement program. Apple may have been expecting to replace between one and two million batteries for the year but things didn’t work out that way. Accor...[Read More]
Renewable energy resources – such as wind, water or solar solutions – hold great promise. They could provide energy while overcoming Africa’s infrastructural challenges. But this energy would still need to be stored. Lithium ion batteries might provide a solution. The Conversation Africa asked Bernard Jan Bladergroen about the challenges and opportunities. What is a lithium ion battery and what ar...[Read More]
There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people. Nearly all of them are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are the single most important component enabling the portable electronics revolution of the past few decades. None of those devices would be attractive to users if they didn’t have enough power to last at least several hours, without being particularly heavy....[Read More]
It’s that time of the year again, the time when we get to compare the latest flagship from the big names… before the iPhone arrives and the catch-up and leapfrog cycle starts all over again. Currently in the ring? Samsung’s jumbo Note 9 and Huawei’s triple-threat P20 Pro. Samsung’s S Pen-packing super phone features a larger screen, improved cameras, and other upgrade...[Read More]
Why do batteries die? And, why can they only be recharged so many times before they won’t hold a useful amount of charge? My young son asked me about that years ago when his battery-powered toy car stopped moving, wondering about what he called an “everlasting battery.” And this same question has probably crossed the mind of every cellphone user trying to send one last text before the screen blink...[Read More]