MacRumors has obtained photos of what is reported to be the internal battery for the upcoming iPad mini. As indicated by the battery's marking of 3.72 volts, the battery life on the 7.85-inch iPad is expected to be between an iPhone and fully sized new iPad, 16.7 Whr of juice on 4490 mAh of charge. As a disclaimer, we can't yet authenticate if the leaked part is legitimately from Apple, but based on other Apple-designed batteries, it has the familiar markings of past and current products. The battery is still in regulatory limbo, and is subject to be changed if needed.
The iPad mini is rumored to be unveiled on October 23rd. How's that for doubling down on secrecy?
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For those who have been clamoring, nay, shouting for rechargeable batteries to be made more user-friendly and versatile, your day is close at hand. Enter the AtoD Battery, a brand new memory-foam encased Nickel Hydroxide Rechargeable. At 1.5 Volts it packs the same power as a AA, but with one substantial difference: its memory-foam casing allows you to shape it to match any size battery from AAA to D. The starting size is that of a standard D battery, so while it may prove versatile it does present one small drawback: lag time in re-inflation. Just make sure that you have the size right before you impress your friends by smashing a battery with your bare hands only to discover that your their Wii remotes take AA’s and not AAA’s.
No release date has been named as of yet, but you can expect plenty of memory-foam laced witticisms from your local newscast (“Remember Memory-foam?”, etc.) when it is. If nothing else, this may portend the re-introduction of ‘D-Battery Night’ at your local ballpark - not even Phillies fans could turn these into weapons.
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It’s HP’s turn to issue a battery alert. If you have a one of these laptops and purchased it between August 2007 and March 2008, HP has issued a recall. Approximately 70,000 have overheating issues. If you think yours might be one of them, head over to the HP site and check your product number on the service tag on the bottom. Not all of them listed have problems but ‘tis better to be safe than sorry.
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Combine retro with modern by using this as an MP3 or Cassette Player that you load with an SD/MMC card (max.2GB.) At a size of 63 x 102 x 11.5mm, it runs on a built-in 450mAh lithium battery rechargeable by USB and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP. The player also has repeat/playback mode and a 7 button interface. The device comes with ear plugs and USB adapter at a price of $36.82.
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Imagine charging your self phone in seconds instead of hours. Professor Gerbrand Ceder from MIT has devised a new lithium-ion battery electrode that is many times faster than its predecessors. While most discharge at a rate of a minute and a half with the best high powered batteries, this one works in only 10 to 20 seconds. That rate will allow a 1 liter battery to deliver about 25,000W, enough power for about 20 vacuum cleaners. Ceder and his team modified lithium iron phosphate, an electrode material, so that electrons and ions could move more quickly.
Current lithium rechargeable batteries can store large amounts of energy but don’t have the acceleration speed. Professor Cedar claims that because the material is not new, but simply remade, scientists could conceivably market it in the next couple of years.
Install the Bike Crash Camera on your bicycle, car or motorcycle and you can capture that bus that almost hit you or the kid that tried to steal your bike. The camera has a high res 1280x1024 picture, a 2.0mm wide angle lens, and a rechargeable battery. The 7.0 x 4.7 x 2.0 camera has a view range of 105º range and comes with mount, AC and car adapters and USB cable for PC connection at a price of $266.00.
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Matt Collinge wasn’t satisfied with the small icon to show how much power his battery had left so he came up with his own power meter for Windows 9x/XP/2003. The meter appears as your battery winds down. The lower the power, the more pronounced the meter appears. Charge your laptop and the meter goes away. You can place it on either the bottom left or right on your display and it will run from your Start menu or create a shortcut. The Power Meter Plus is free for home use while businesses get a free trial of 10 days and then must pay a minor fee of $10.00 per installation.
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By now, you have probably heard of the temporary sepuku occurring in 30 GB Zunes. If not, then you either don’t have one or undoubtedly haven’t plugged yours in the last few days. Many have suggested that the “Z2K” problem was caused by 2008 being a leap year. Microsoft offers tips if your Zune has ceased to exist. They suggest disconnection, allowing the battery to drain, then reconnect the Zune to its USB port on your computer or AC adapter. Check with Microsoft if you have questions or your own theory.
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We are so pleased that Sanyo has produced the eneloop bike. The electric hybrid vehicle has a power-up mode assist ratio of 1:2, a 25.2V 5.7Ah loop self-charge function that works while it is being ridden, and a 2-wheel drive system. A part of their “Think GAIA” series, energy is generated by the rider to recharge the auxiliary battery while conserving from the main battery. The bicycle features a cruising range of 100km in auto-mode. The eneloop bike will be available in Japan in February in 4 different colors for ¥136,290 (~$1,461.00)
Yeah, we know that the iPhone is probably a little rich to purchase for someone during the holidays, plus there’s the whole activtion conundrum. Instead, focus on the people who already own the iPhone 3G, and get them an accessory that we absolutely love. The Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G gives the iPhone more than double the battery life that it has on its own. That means you get up to 250 hours standby time, 6 hours talk time (or 12 hours if on EDGE), 28 hours audio playback, and 8 hours video playback. The cost on this one is $99.95, and is totally worth it for iPhone road warriors.
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