Archive for July, 2012

29
Jul

New Rechargeable Battery Technology — Part 2

lithium air rechargeable battery

We’ve been fortunate enough to look at some of the new power storage technologies that are either on the market, or deep into development. We’ve seen amazing things with projected releases that are just a few years away. We checked out solid state lithium batteries that could run an electric car for 965 km (600 miles). We have enjoyed new pallet-sized blocks that could help solve the reliance on fossil fuels by storing the enormous amounts of energy that come from natural resources. We even looked at what is coming out for the everyman that just needs a damn fine laptop battery.

Now that we’ve enjoyed what is possible in the real world, we felt it was time to get into the fuzzy realm where scientists dare to dream: The land of “what if.” Continue reading ‘New Rechargeable Battery Technology — Part 2’

22
Jul

New Rechargeable Battery Technology, Part 1

rechargeable battery

Electronics Warehouse is always keeping an eye on the newest rechargeable battery technologies coming in the near future. Read part one of our new series:

Here on the blog, we like to look not only at what is on the rechargeable battery market right now, but what we can look forward to in the years to come.

With smartphones, alternative energy, and electric vehicles becoming more prolific, the demand for quality rechargeable batteries is becoming greater than ever. Currently the leaders of the pack are Lithium Ion batteries (Li-Ion) and Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH). As you are probably aware, they provide not only quality power at a reasonable price, but also avoid cadmium, lead, and mercury, so they protect the environment from damage. This is great, but there is always room for scientific improvement to assist in extending shelf life and allowing for more power to be stored more efficiently.

Today, we’re looking to the horizon for some of the potential solutions to our future power needs and ways to divorce ourselves from toxic fossil fuels and natural gasses. Continue reading ‘New Rechargeable Battery Technology, Part 1’

15
Jul

Rechargeable Battery Review: Should You iGo Green?

igo green rechargeable batteriesRead about the one of the newest rechargeable battery brands on the market, iGo Green, and how their design differs from other rechargeable batteries.

Even those of us that are die-hard fans of rechargeable batteries usually keep a handful of alkaline batteries in a drawer for emergencies. The reasoning is simple: No matter how long they’ve been left to sit, you can trust that the alkalines will have a full charge when you need a torch during the 2012 apocalypse…or you need to make your child’s toy work on Christmas morning.

That reliability is what has long kept the alkaline industry afloat. If rechargeable batteries could keep their charge, without fail, then there would be little call for a battery that you can only use once and then must discard and replace. iGo Green is hoping to change all that.

Standard NiMH and Li-ion rechargeables cannot be trusted to hold a long-term charge. They usually drain partially after only 3 months, and after a year they are mostly worthless. Even the low self-discharging (LSD) batteries like the Ansmann only make the claim that they will be usable after a year, and even that can occasionally be questionable.

The iGo Green is an alkaline rechargeable battery that declares that it will hold a full charge even after 7 years of disuse. They also claim they can be used just like a typical rechargeable.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have 7 years to wait to do a full test of the batteries, so we had to settle for checking them out as we would any other product. Continue reading ‘Rechargeable Battery Review: Should You iGo Green?’

08
Jul

Rechargeable Battery Match-up: Ansmann Versus Sanyo Eneloop

sanyo eneloopWhen it comes to rechargeable batteries, it’s hard to tell if premium brands like Sanyo Eneloop can beat out more value-priced contenders like Ansmann. Take a look at this match-up between the two:

It is true that we have been espousing our love and extolling some of the virtues of the Ansmann rechargeable batteries. This affair began with the AA high-capacity, moved on as we found their ability to perform with R/C vehicles, and has culminated in looking at the larger batteries in their line.

What we needed to know next was if this was just a reaction to the new and different. We had to be sure that we were not being lured in by a fresh face on the market. To do this, we called on an old friend. A battery that has stood by us for years, in the face of much adversity. We needed to call out our Ansmann rechargeable batteries and see how they performed, not just in the lab or on the street, but when put up against the Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. Continue reading ‘Rechargeable Battery Match-up: Ansmann Versus Sanyo Eneloop’




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