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Now you can turn any plant into a phone and tablet battery charger

Now you can turn any plant into a phone and tablet battery charger

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Charge your phone using leaves, nature’s solar panels, thanks to a new smart plant pot called Bioo. The Bioo, currently on Indiegogo, is able to harness the energy gathering process of photosynthesis in order to create power. You can then plug your... >>

New battery could mean the Samsung Galaxy S8 only charges once a week

New battery could mean the Samsung Galaxy S8 only charges once a week

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Current lithium-ion batteries may be about to get a much-needed upgrade thanks to a new development for fuel cells. The new batteries should be able to keep smartphones and drones going for over double the time they currently last. It could even be applied... >>

These kicks produce charge, smartphone battery life may soon be a worry of the past

These kicks produce charge, smartphone battery life may soon be a worry of the past

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Footwear that produces power, by harvesting the kinetic energy of walking. Many have tried and produced little to show for it, until now. A breakthrough has created shoes that can produce high-energy simply from walking. Scientists at the University of... >>

Hydrogen fuel cells let drones fly for hours rather than minutes

Hydrogen fuel cells let drones fly for hours rather than minutes

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Drones are tiptop toys as well as useful camera play-things. While they're great gifts at Christmas, a lot of time is often spent charging them. This should be about to change thanks to hydrogen fuel cells. Making the shift from fun toys to useful tools... >>

15 smartphones with 3,000mAh batteries or larger, made to last longer

15 smartphones with 3,000mAh batteries or larger, made to last longer

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Some smartphone releases this year have shown us that bigger batteries aren't always going to keep coming. Samsung opted for smaller power cells in its Galaxy S6 than the previous generation – in favour of faster charging. Apple's iPhone 6S Plus has... >>

This iPhone 6 lasts an entire week, and yours could too

This iPhone 6 lasts an entire week, and yours could too

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Most iPhone 6 owners will be lucky to get a full day on a charge, but there is hope. One modified iPhone 6 lasts an entire week, thanks to hydrogen fuel cells. Essentially the modified iPhone 6 uses a miniaturised version of a hydrogen fuel cell system... >>

Solid-state batteries: Last longer, don’t break and increase power density

Solid-state batteries: Last longer, don’t break and increase power density

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Scientists are all working hard to find the Holy Grail of batteries and it looks like solid state could be a contender. A recent paper from researchers at MIT, working with Samsung, details a new type of battery. This solid-state powerhouse will last... >>

Nano ‘yolk’ batteries triple current capacity and charge full in six minutes

Nano ‘yolk’ batteries triple current capacity and charge full in six minutes

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Scientists at MIT have cracked a new type of battery that should blow current offerings out of their ionic waters. The "yolk" and "shell" batteries make use of nanoparticles to allow for greater expansion and contraction. The result is a battery that... >>

Asus ZenFone Max packs in a whopping 5,000mAh battery

Asus ZenFone Max packs in a whopping 5,000mAh battery

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The Asus ZenFone Max has been announced as a real treat for those that are into longer battery life from a larger battery. The Max packs a hefty 5,000mAh battery unit. We wrote a feature on smartphones with batteries larger than 3,000mAh and even these... >>

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

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There's a lot of hype about OnePlus. Among smartphone fans, OnePlus is probably the most talked about brand at the moment, which is surprising for a company that's relatively new on the scene. If you weren't paying attention, then you might not know that... >>