The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Of the small fraction of lithium-ion batteries that are recycled in the US—just 5 percent of all spent cells—most of them end up in a smelting furnace.A common form of this technique, called leaching, involves soaking lithium-ion cells in strong acids to dissolve the metals into a solution.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

There are always going to be situations where you need to charge up your phone but you don't have the bundled charger on hand—and Apple isn't bundling a charging block at all with the new iPhone 12 (though you still get a Lightning cable in the box).So can you just plug any charger into your phone to juice it up, especially now that the vast majority of handsets support the same wireless charging and USB-C standards?

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

Rumors indicate Google will not be using the best processor available but instead is sticking with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G (the same one in mid-priced phones like the LG Velvet and Motorola One 5G .

How to Watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event—and What to Expect

How to Watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event—and What to Expect

The battery described in the paper uses a relatively conventional lithium-ion electrode chemistry: a lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) cathode paired with artificial graphite for its anode.

Elon Musk Promises a $25,000 Tesla in 3 Years—Again

Elon Musk Promises a $25,000 Tesla in 3 Years—Again

What happens when you load more than 200 Tesla shareholders—increasingly rich shareholders—into a Fremont, California, parking lot, and set CEO Elon Musk loose in front of them to talk about the company’s upcoming battery tech?

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Baglino said that the company had already produced tens of thousands of batteries at its new production facility down the street—but not a single physical cell made an appearance at the event.

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

A good wireless charger should have some kind of grips, so it stays on the surface it sits on, and so it holds onto your phone.

Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

Given the Nokia 3310’s popularity during that stretch, particularly among a younger demographic, it’s safe to say it was a many people’s first introduction to mobile phones, full stop.If you miss the Nokia 3310, it’s not with the caveat that you wish you could log onto Facebook from it.

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?

To power something that energy hungry, he says, means “the mass of the battery would be significantly greater than the mass of the vehicle.” Instead, the company is looking at applications where it is either impossible or impractical to regularly change a battery, such as sensors in remote or hazardous locations at nuclear waste repositories or on satellites.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Earbuds, Robot Vacuums, and More

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Earbuds, Robot Vacuums, and More

A lot of great earbuds are on sale this weekend, just right for puttering around the yard or blocking out your spouse.Photograph: JabraCheck out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Earbuds guides for more recommendations.The Moto G Stylus is in our Best Cheap Phones guide.

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

Although the team is not the first to develop a cobalt-free or high-nickel cathode, Manthiram says it’s the first one that doesn’t also have major performance drawbacks like short battery life and low energy density.

What Happens After a ‘Million-Mile Battery’ Outlasts the Car?

What Happens After a ‘Million-Mile Battery’ Outlasts the Car?

Several experts pointed out that true million-mile batteries are likely to outlast whatever cars they’re built for, meaning their arrival could dramatically impact both second-use markets and battery recycling.

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

The Google Pixel 3A costs $230 ($170 off) at Best Buy and $280 ($120 off) at Amazon, Walmart, and B&H Photo Video.The larger Google Pixel 3A XL costs $270 ($210 off) at Best Buy and $319 ($160 off) at Walmart and B&H Photo Video.

How to Care for Your Car While Sheltering in Place

How to Care for Your Car While Sheltering in Place

If you're parking a car for more than a month, and you don't want to worry about running it once a week, you can use a battery tender to trickle-charge it.

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

The new Formula E cars will be the first to use extremely fast charging stations that pack enough power to fully charge a Tesla Model S battery in about 10 minutes.For the last 15 years, the company has been perfecting an XFC, or extremely fast charging lithium-ion battery with a pure silicon anode.

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

Now, though, the Oscar-winning composer has turned his talents away from the silver screen and toward the windscreen, where he’s found a new vehicle that could use a touch of emotional direction: the electric car .Along with more than 500 horsepower and a range of 370 miles, BMW’s all-electric Concept i4 comes with music by Zimmer.

Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery

Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery

Later this year, the world’s largest all-electric container ship is expected to take its maiden voyage, setting sail from a port in Norway and traveling down the Scandanavian coast.Last year, a small fire in the battery room of a hybrid electric ferry in Norway resulted in an explosion.

Apple Might Owe You $25 for Slowing Down Your iPhone

Apple Might Owe You $25 for Slowing Down Your iPhone

But if you happened to own an iPhone 6, 7, or SE, and at some point you updated those phones to specific version of iOS software before December 2017, Apple might owe you settlement money.

The Next Generation of Batteries Could Be Built by Viruses

The Next Generation of Batteries Could Be Built by Viruses

Although it's not the only virus that can be used for nanoengineering, Belcher says it works well because its genetic material is easy to manipulate.

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

While soaring prices of the core material in lithium-ion batteries sparked a mining rush in Australia, Argentina and Chile and—which between them provided 91 percent of supply in 2017, says Harper—a slump in demand caused by a weak automotive market and a reduction in grants for buying such cars in China has slowed the pace of mining and processing plant construction.

How to Pick the Right Galaxy S20 (and Where to Order It)

How to Pick the Right Galaxy S20 (and Where to Order It)

But if you must have the greatest from Samsung this year, we've laid out everything you need to know about the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra , and even the new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip .

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

His secret ingredient is nanoengineered particles of silicon, which can supercharge lithium-ion cells when they’re used as the battery’s negative electrode, or anode.Several lithium-ion cell prototypes containing Sila Nanotechnologies' silicon anode.

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Their reliance on toxic, flammable materials means the smallest defect can result in exploding gadgets .A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory believed a safer battery was possible, and for the past five years they have been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure.

11 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your New Switch Lite

11 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your New Switch Lite

It can't be docked for playing on a TV, and it has a smaller battery than the full-size Switch (about six hours of gameplay depending on the game).

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has a veritable hardware ecosystem up and running with its ever-expanding line of Nest smart speakers, routers, Pixel phones, not to mention its new Stadia game-streaming service .Google Pixel 3A for $300 ($100 off) at Best Buy or Amazon: Our favorite phone of the year was already affordable.

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The smallest of small turbines could power a light business jet or serve as auxiliary power units in larger aircraft, starting the bigger engines and supplying electricity when parked at the gate.

No You Can’t Power Your House With Your Electric Car

No You Can’t Power Your House With Your Electric Car

Indeed, a 2017 study by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that if California hits its goal of getting 1.5 million EVs on its roads by 2025, and “some” of them had the ability to transfer energy into the grid, their batteries would easily exceed the state’s energy storage needs.