All items tagged with "batteries"

Tesla’s new battery will ‘change the way the world uses energy’

In the driver’s seat of Tesla, the tech veteran of PayPal and SpaceX has shown he can think different. Plus, Elon Musk's recent move to allow Tesla patents to be used by anyone in good faith is a world away from the senseless bickering over rectangles in the Apple-Samsung patent war. Photo: Zobacz Zasady/Wikipedia CC

Elon Musk wants to change the way the world uses energy. Photo: Zobacz Zasady/Wikipedia CC

You don’t have to have had your iPhone die at an inopportune time to conclude that current generation batteries kind of suck.

Unlike most of us, however, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has the resources to do something about it.

In a press conference late on Thursday, Musk unveiled Tesla Energy: a line of new 7-10 kwh lithium-ion batteries aimed at homes, companies and utilities.

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Keep your MacBook powered for days with this smart backpack

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The SmartBackpack from AMPL will keep your gadgets optimally charged all day. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — Companies are throwing sensors into everything this year. Toothbrushes, cookie jars, mouth guards … you name it, and someone is trying to cram some sort of sensor into it. Next up is your backpack.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 AMPL Labs’ upcoming SmartBackpack promises to keep your tech items safe and charged for days by combining “smartsensors” with battery packs woven into the fabric. The end result is a supercharging backpack that can tackle anything from an iPhone to a MacBook, allowing wearers to charge multiple devices on the go.

“We found that 85 percent of consumers worry about their devices running out of power at least once a week,” said AMPL’s David Migdal. “So we developed our SmartBackpack to address all their power needs.”

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Gadget Watch: Bags, bags and … bags. Plus, some cool new camera gear

Gadget Watch: Shooting, cycling, charging and … toweling?

Idapt Modulo: Mix and match these expandable backup batteries

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I kinda like the little Modulo. It’s a set of battery packs for charging your gadgets, with the gimmick that they are stackable and work on concert, letting your tune the weight/power ratio depending on which gadgets you’re using, and how long you’ll be away from mains power.

They also look cool, like little game carts from the 1980s.

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Prong PWR puts a power plug on your iPhone

Prong PWR puts a power plug on your iPhone

Prong’s PWR promises to provide your phone with power, preventing all problems. It’s a slim-ish case with a built-in battery along with a pair of flip-out power prongs that can be thrust directly into a wall outlet.

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Credit card-size iPhone charger packs backup battery

Credit card-size iPhone charger packs backup battery

Remember when the coolest brag for a gadget was that it was “credit card size”? Those times are back. The Revi Charger is a credit card-size iPhone charger with a built-in backup battery, and could really be just the thing in an emergency.

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Saturday Deals Roundup: The BookMark Backup Battery And MONOCLE Speaker [Deals]

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We’re in the midst of a holiday weekend, and Cult of Mac Deals has some great offers that are worth exploring while you’ve got time to spare!

The BookMark by Vorson is one of the thinnest backup battery solution on the market. We’ve got this backup battery solution for just $38.99 for a limited time. And MONOCLE, a high quality speaker that lets you listen to music and calls on the go, is available for only $34.99!

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Leaked Assembly Line Photos Could Reveal Big Battery Life For iPhone 6

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Hot on the heels of this morning’s leak of the alleged front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, a new photo purportedly shows the battery of Apple’s next-gen smartphone. The image seems to support rumors of a larger iPhone, requiring a larger battery.

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Tiny BOLT Is A Charger And Backup Battery In One

Tiny BOLT Is A Charger And Backup Battery In One

The little BOLT Charger Battery is as clever as it is good looking. The USB wall-charger packs a backup battery into its tiny body, as body that leads its maker to call it the “The World’s Smallest Wall Charger + Battery Backup.”

I’m not sure how true that it, but who cares? It fits in your pocket and it’ll juice your iPhone twice, even without a wall to shove it into.

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