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The myCharge Freedom 2000 gives you twice the battery life with a little less bulk

If you're considering an iPhone case that includes a battery pack, you've already decided that increasing the size of your device is a fair trade-off for more life, but that doesn't mean that all battery cases are created equal. The iBattz Mojo Refuel I reviewed previously increased the overall fo...

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Apple patents flexible batteries that would fit nicely in an iWatch

For sure, Apple patents a lot of innovative technology that never sees the light of day. However, sometimes certain patents stand out due to current technology trends and stronger signs that Apple may indeed be working on a new iDevice. One such example that fits that description is a patent for a...

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Third Rail zaps iPhone case market with detachable battery pack

For every gadget that claims to charge an iPhone on the go, there's sure to be a constituency that swears by it (or quite possibly at it). With external battery packs from HyperMac, Zagg, Kensington, Newer and Monoprice, you can dangle a cable; with battery-equipped cases from Exogear, Boost an...

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HyperMac offers DIY solutions after Apple lawsuit

HyperMac's portable charging systems are back on the market with a revamped product line that does not violate Apple's patents. HyperMac was faced with a patent lawsuit from Apple over the company's charging cables, which used Apple's MagSafe and 30-pin connectors. The company stopped selling the i...

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HyperMac to return as HyperJuice

As of tomorrow, November 2nd, HyperMac will stop selling MagSafe-Compatible charging cables, in compliance with a lawsuit filed by Apple. Now, the company has announced its intentions to re-brand itself "HyperJuice," though what that will entail other than a name change is unknown. Daniel Chin...

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HyperMac forced to stop selling MagSafe charging cables

A lawsuit from Apple has forced HyperMac to stop selling MagSafe-compatible charging cables as of November 2nd, 2010. HyperMac has produced a number of small, portable batteries that can provide power to a variety of Apple portable devices. When connected to a MacBook Pro with their MagSafe-like ...

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Apple's AA batteries are probably Sanyo Eneloops

We don't want to burst your bubble, but here's a hard fact: Apple doesn't manufacture the batteries that come with its recharger. In fact, they don't manufacture iPhones, iPads, get the picture. That's why we're not surprised to learn that the AA batteries that ship with the charger c...

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iPhone/iPod 101: How to get the most out of your battery

Since you can't just swap out the battery on your iPhone or iPod, it's important to know how to get the most life out of your device's battery, particularly if you won't be able to charge it for a while. Apple has two pages on its site that detail how to prolong battery life on both iPhones and iPod...

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Sony lays off 16,000; will close factories

Sony announced today it plans to lay off 16,000 workers, close a handful of factories and reduce electronics investment by a third, as their comeback effort falls apart. Sony is both Apple's competitor in the mobile phone market and their partner for computer components, including batteries. "Five o...

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Treat your batteries right

Ars Technica has a short guide up to treating your iPhone, laptop, and iPod batteries right. Contrary to popular belief, it seems the best way to wear out a battery before its time isn't spending too many charge cycles-- it's heat. Charge cycles are equivalent to normal wear and tear on batteries-- ...

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Is it cheaper to fake a battery repair than to buy new?

Notebook batteries aren't cheap these days, and our own Conrad Quilty-Harper from across the pond (of both TUAW and Engadget fame) blogged a little experiment to give his MacBook some new mobile legs. With a total of 11 parts replaced in six months (which is far more than required to put a machine t...

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After recalls and fires, Matsushita to offer new lithium battery

It hasn't been a really good year battery-wise. Battery defects made the news with overheating and spontaneous combustion. Today, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said it will begin mass producing a new and improved lithium-ion battery, one that presumably will not melt your PowerBook. Good news f...

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Sony: Sorry about all those batteries, can we still be friends?

Poor Sony, they just can't seem to win lately. At least they have apologized for those batteries that had a tendency to make laptops burst into flames, and that has to count for something right? Sony says the problems were caused by microscopic pieces of metal that somehow got into the batteries and...

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Sony announces price on battery recall, checks couch for loose change

Product recalls are certainly nothing new to the tech industry, but two significant PC players (Dell and Apple) having to recall a collective 5.9 million batteries has to sting just a little for Sony. Macworld is reporting that the Japanese company announced an estimate on the cost of said sting: be...

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Widget Watch: iStat pro and nano updated

Two of my favorite system monitor widgets have been updated: iStat pro 2.3 and iStat nano 1.5. The main new additions are drive filtering, as in: CDs, DVDs and .DMGs will no longer appear in the drive list, and support has been included for MacBook Pro batteries. Unfortunately, it looks like the tem...

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