Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Battery

The silverback-gorilla

In its travels, portable power system manufacturer Powertraveller says that it's come across the question many times: "Can you make a battery with enough charge to run a laptop all day?" It now has an answer. The silverback-gorilla is its beefiest portable power pack yet.  Read More

The 787 Dreamliner used in the test

On Friday, Boeing completed the final certification test required by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for approval of the company’s lithium-ion battery modifications for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The test flight was made using a Boeing-owned production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines with the company reporting that the test was “straightforward and the flight was uneventful.”  Read More

The new batteries were developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technol...

Technology has advanced markedly since the dawn of the silicon age, but our portable gadgets and gizmos are still largely held back by the limitations of their power source. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden report progress in this regard, with the development of a new longer-lasting lithium-sulfur battery that has the potential to outperform lithium-ion batteries, at a lower cost.  Read More

The DOCKr offers six functions from one device

The iPad is a great device, but it's the accessories that maximize its usefulness. Keyboards like Elecom's butterfly keyboard for iPad, and ultra-high capacity batteries are just a couple of examples. Now, a new product called the DOCKr looks to combine six different iPad accessories into one do-it-all device.  Read More

Boeing is confident that the redesign of the lithium-ion batteries and added safety tests ...

Boeing has announced improvements to the lithium-ion batteries for its 787 Dreamliner. A series of modifications to the batteries and their casings were made in response to battery fires in mid-January aboard two 787s in Boston and over Japan that resulted in all 50 of the planes delivered to customers being grounded. According to a company press release, the modifications along with improved testing regimes should prevent a repeat of the incidents.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Window and Port Solar Chargers from XD Design

This time last year, we covered an interesting new solar charger that sought to avoid troublesome shadows from window frames, potted plants and household ornaments by sticking to the glass of the window itself. The Window Solar Charger from XD Design has now been joined by a new, slightly less capacious sibling called the Port Solar Charger, and I've been given the chance to take both for a test drive.  Read More

The mophie juice pack air in its three color choices

mophie is launching a new juice pack battery case for the iPhone 5. The new model, called the juice pack air, promises faster charging, higher capacity, and a thinner design. mophie even claims that the new case is designed to act as an amplifier for the iPhone 5's speaker. Two weeks ago, the company also launched the juice pack helium, which comes with a lower capacity, as a trade-off for an even thinner design.  Read More

The three models of the Ultra-high capacity battery

Lately, there has been an influx of products designed to charge your phone or tablet without an outlet. One of the latest offerings has found its way to Kickstarter, and it promises high capacity in a form factor that's quite a bit smaller than most on the market.  Read More

Tethercell is the size of a AA battery, but it draws power from a AAA battery

Someday we may control a variety of household objects and appliances with our smartphones. That future may be not be fully realized for several years, but one Indiegogo project wants to give you a head start. Tethercell is an adapter that lets you control any AA battery-powered device with your smartphone.  Read More

A hands-on review of the Solar Sunflower from XD Design

In February of this year, we covered the release of the nifty solar Window Charger from XD Modo (now XD Design) that maximizes available sunlight by sticking to a window with a removable silicone patch. Now, Gizmag has spent a little time with the company's latest sun-soaking gadget charger ... the cute-as-a-button Solar Sunflower.  Read More

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