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spacewalk batteries

Astronauts are swapping out ISS batteries like it’s an old pickup truck

October 7th, 2019

The International Space Station is a high-tech laboratory and high-flying living space. It’s an incredible structure that has been keeping astronauts safe and helping them carry out scientific objectives for nearly two decades now. But, like any decades-old piece of machinery, the old girl needs a bit of maintenance every now and again, and that’s …

EcoFlow River Bank battery pack

Battery packs are for so much more than charging phones these days

May 9th, 2018

Battery packs are as ubiquitous as they are cheap. The top-rated battery pack section on Amazon is one of the most hotly-contested on the entire website, and companies have risen and fallen on the strength of their portable chargers. Design has evolved significantly over the years, mostly recently with the widespread adoption of USB-C as …

Amazon is recalling six battery packs due to fire risk

March 13th, 2018

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics portable battery chargers due to overheating, The Verge reports. The power banks, sold between December 2014 and July 2017, have a risk of overheating, causing them to melt, which could cause a fire hazard. The report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product …

Battery Percentage iPhone X

Groundbreaking invention can restore old lithium batteries to 95% capacity

January 10th, 2018

One of the biggest stories in consumer electronics right now is Apple’s secret throttling of older iPhone models with aging batteries. The company misled customers for years as “conspiracy theorists” claimed Apple was intentionally slowing down older iPhone models in order to force people to upgrade. While Apple contends that the reason behind the throttling …

Apple Batterygate explainer: why old iPhones slow down

Apple: Decreased performance with old batteries is a feature, not a bug

December 28th, 2017

In a statement this afternoon, Apple addressed the consumer outrage about deliberately slowing down old iPhones with bad batteries. In its statement, Apple briefly explained why performance limitations are needed, apologized for the “misunderstanding,” and cut the price of a battery replacement (which fixes performance issues) by $50, from $79 to $29. But the brief …