battery

TYLT Energi+ backpack, hands-on

When traveling, you want to take it all with you. Computers, tablets, smartphones — our connected lives dog us with devices, and chargers to boot. Cobbling together all your power cables and chargers can be a nightmare, but the TYLT Energi+ Power Backpack just might be what you need. With a massive 10,400mAh battery pack on board, it can power just about anything you can carry. Recently, we took a week and went hands-on with the pack, running it through it’s paces to find the powered pack was just hype, or worth the hoopla.

Our LG G3 battery life test gives impressive early results

The LG G3 has a lot going for it, packing a lot of muscle beneath a gorgeous 5.5-inch screen. Though it’s got a massive 3,000mAh battery, we questioned whether battery life would suffer under normal use. As it turns out, the battery life is not only impressive, it’s outstanding.

JUMPR: recharge your phone or jumpstart your car

There are plenty of external battery packs that allow you to recharge your phone while out and about. But one called JUMPR will take things a few steps further. To begin with, JUMPR sports an LED flashlight, but that will seem tame compared to what else it can do -- jumpstart your car.

StoreDot charges your device in 30 seconds, coming in 2016

Having to set aside an hour or more to charge your smartphone is a minor annoyance, but one that could be going away. Startup StoreDot has shown off their rapid battery charging technology, which has the ability to charge a phone battery in 30 seconds. Though the company cautions that they likely won’t get this to market before 2016, it’s a breakthrough we’re happy to be seeing in 2014.

Samsung producing Graphene, the material for flexible displays

All those interesting flexible displays we see now and again at trade shows have one thing in common: they’re not available for purchase. Companies showing the bendable, flexible displays commit to bringing them to retail, but offer no timeline for when that will be. Samsung may have just had the first break, though, and mass production could come sooner rather than later.
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