Archive for May, 2010


Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries: Great in the iPad & Kindle, But Are They Safe?

The rechargeable batteries in Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle are both Lithium Ion-based. They are proven to be great rechargeable batteries, but are they really safe?

If you have followed the “tablet talking points” for both the iPad and Kindle, then you’ll know that one of the technological features of both of these popular devices are their incredibly long-lasting rechargeable batteries. The Kindle can go for almost two weeks without having to be charged. The iPad has a more modest charge life of 10 to 12 hours, but given the power and productivity of the iPad, this is still an amazing breakthrough in battery technology.

Both tablets, as well as virutally every laptop and high-tech electronic gadget on the market today, are now using Lithium Ion, or Li-Ion as they are commonly known, as the rechargeable battery technology of choice. To date, it has proven to be the superior technology for rechargeable batteries, and many battery experts believe that Li-Ion rechargeable batteries will eventually replace NiMH rechargeable batteries in hybrid automobiles as well as the consumer AA and AAA market.

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The Best Rechargeable Batteries For Your Camera Flashes

If you’re an avid photographer who is looking to use rechargeable batteries for your flashes, you might be surprised which kinds are the best.

Cool flash photo courtesy of

Whether you take photos as a hobby or as a professional for weddings, newspapers, or some other form of media, then you know that professional camera flashes suck battery power fast. Very few professional photographers use disposable AA and AAA batteries for their camera flashes, since they know that one photo session can easily drain 4 to 8 batteries. For people who are just beginning to take their passion for photography seriously, using rechargeable batteries for your camera flashes are the way to go.

Much has been made lately about the new Li-Ion disposable batteries on the market today, such as the Energizer Advance  series, that give you extra-long performance with electronic devices at a very good price. However, even if it doesn’t bother your conscience that Li-Ion disposable batteries are bad for the environment, then you should still avoid using them for your camera flashes because it has been widely reported that they take too long to charge flashes between shots. In the long run, Li-Ion batteries are not the solution for a serious photographer.

So what’s left?

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Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries: Will They Become the New King of the Rechargeable Battery Market?

Lithium Ion or “Li-Ion” rechargeable batteries have become the gold standard for high-end electronics. But will the technology overtake the entire consumer battery market?

When it comes to overall performance, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery technology is by far the most advanced in the world today. All of the top electronics devices use Li-Ion rechargeable batteries, such as laptops, iPhones, digital cameras, the Kindle, and many others. At the present time, hybrid car batteries are all NiMH rechargeable batteries. However, because Li-ion cells hold roughly twice as much energy per pound as do the previous generation of advanced batteries, it is believed that the next generation of hybrid car batteries will be Li-Ion, meaning that the charge and life cycle of the battery will last longer.

Because the Li-Ion has proven itself to be such an advanced design for making long-lasting rechargeable batteries, it didn’t take long for the technology to surface in your everyday AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt varieties. Energizer, for example, has attempted to outpace the wave of NiMH rechargeable batteries flooding the market now, and is offering both an advanced lithium and ultimate lithium battery that is quickly overshadowing their own NiMH product. Energizer’s “advanced lithium” AA batteries promise to offer the same powerful battery technology that you’d find in top-tier electronics, just in a smaller, lighter package, and surprisingly affordable package.

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Australian iPad Debut Promises Fewer Bugs and Problems.

The iPad showed some early bugs in the U.S. and Europe. Will Australia benefit from a delayed release?

When the iPad finally makes it debut on 28 May in Australia, it will have been nearly four months to the day that Steve Jobs publicly announced the newest addition to Apple’s innovative line-up of mobile gadgets. Ever since the advent of the iMac in the 90s, Apple has built up a cult-like following of dévoteés who religiously purchase the company’s newest inventions as well as look to the future for what Apple might dreaming up for them down the line.

For quite a few years, Apple prophets had predicted a tablet device, and it has finally materialised in the form of the new iPad.

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The New Black Wii Offers Gamers A Critical Feature: Color-Coordinated Consoles.

The Nintendo Wii enters the world of gaming feng shui by appealing to their dark side.

The new black Wii.

It’s a strange thing, but gamers across the world are turned on by strange aesthetics – particularly, black consoles. It can be argued that because the Atari 2600 – the first modern home gaming console and itself a spartan-black device – set the tone for gamers seeking out black versions of their favourite game systems.

Playstation and Xbox have consistently answered the call for a black console option. Nintendo, however, has held fast to their trademark light grey colour choice from even the early days of the NES.

Nintendo’s colour choice has been more than just a personal preference. While Playstation and Xbox have sought to target mature adult gamers, Nintendo has consistently marketed its consoles as family-oriented. And because the black consoles have been sought after and used chiefly by adult gamers in recent years, Nintendo’s light grey/white housing seeks to have it stand out from its competitors as a more family-focused console.

And let’s face it: this has been a winning strategy for Nintendo, with its Wii having emerged as the favourite family console of the big three.

But Nintendo is finally ready to throw gaming pros a bone, and are set to reveal a black version of the Wii.

Atari 2600 -- the first black game console.

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Get The Best Value Out Of Your Children’s Toys by Using Rechargeable Batteries

Leapfrog's "Baby Tad" - a battery guzzler.

Rechargeable batteries are often thought of as accessories for gadgets and electronics. But children’s toys, more than any other consumer product on the market today, put the highest battery demand on households.

If you’re searching the blogosphere for articles about the best rechargeable batteries, it may be that you’re looking to make a long-term battery investment for your digital camera, Flip video camera, or other electronic gadget. But year after year, we see electronic devices like iPods, digital cameras, and other hand-held gadgets switching from AA and AAA battery power to proprietary rechargeable battery packs that cut out the need for AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. If this is the case, then why does the rechargeable battery market continue to grow and innovate?

A primary reason is that one particular sector of consumer products has significantly increased its dependence on AA and AAA rechargeable batteries: toys. For those of us who have children under the age of 13, one quickly realises that virtually every toy on the market today makes some kind of sound or song, or otherwise features a series of interactive features that are battery powered. Infant and toddler toys are perhaps the most battery-dependent, with the vast majority of name-brand toys such as Fisher-Price requiring battery power for virtually every baby toy imaginable.

If you find yourself up to your ears in toddler toys, then you’ll quickly realise that feeding them disposable alkaline batteries is a completely unsustainable situation; you’ll be buying batteries every week! Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, allow you to make a one-time investment and continue to recycle batteries in your children’s toys as needed. The following is a list of toy categories that require the most battery juice and as a result are best suited for rechargeable batteries.

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Why You Should Use NiMH Rechargeable Batteries for All Your 9 Volt Gadgets

Most people use AA and AA rechargeable batteries. But are 9 volt NiMH rechargeable batteries worth it?

In the grand scheme of consumer batteries, the 9 volt battery is really the black sheep of the fold. AAA, AA, C, and D -sized batteries all utilize the same cylandrical, tube-shaped design, with the positive and negative terminals on opposing ends. It’s a nifty design, and it especially allows for batteries to be put end to end in a series to create a higher voltage for certain electronics.

So what’s the deal with the 9 volt battery?

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iPads, iPhones, & Droids: The Future of Mobile Computing Depends On Rechargeable Batteries

3G and even talk of a 4G network may open up endless mobile computing opportunities, but rechargeable batteries will play the biggest role in mobile technology.

We’ve come a long way from the early days of the internet, when a 2400 baud modem was your only ticket into cyberspace. Now, city-wide 3G network coverage is giving people the opportunity to access the internet sans cables or even a local wi-fi hot spot. In essence, the world is fast becoming a hot spot for 3G access.

This is exactly what mobile computing giants like Apple are hoping for; they cannot continue to tout the mobility of their devices if network coverage does not continue to advance as the same pace of mobile gadget technology. So far, however, the ability to connect has remained on pace with the amazing features that you find on the iPad, iPhone, Droid, and top-of-the-line laptops and notebooks. Now, it is not unusual to see people “at work” in nearly any location within a major city. The future is definitely now.

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The End Of Oil: How the Oil Spill Highlights Renewable Energy & Rechargeable Batteries

While skeptics balk at renewable energy methods such as wind, solar, and rechargeable batteries as inadequate, the recent oil spill spells the beginning of the end of fossil fuels.

Move over Exxon Valdez — a bigger, meaner, more destructive oil spill is poised to bury you in the history books. Just as “The Great War” of WWI was quickly overshadowed by the horrors of World War II, the Louisiana Oil Spill of 2010 will easily outpace and outdistance the Exxon Valdez disaster in lives lost, industry destroyed, and environment harmed. For more than a week now, the broken, blasted BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has leaked 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day, its destructive tendrils stretching out into the rich shrimp fisheries, the Gulf State shores, and vulnerable islands. In addition to the lives lost on the oil rig blast, thousands of fishermens’ livelihoods stand to be ruined, not to mention the multitudes of sea life and aquatic biomes of the Gulf.

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