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Wireless Charging for Electronic Devices

clock September 14, 2010 20:47 by author Ty

Fujitsu is developing a compact and highly-efficient wireless charging system for electronic devices. This charging pad will be able to charge future cell phones, digital cameras, camcorders, and other electronic devices. The wireless charging pad uses a highly-efficient magnetic resonance to transfer power remotely with a power transfer efficiency of 85%. More information on wireless charging pad technology can be found on the Fujitsu Web site.

 Wireless Charging Pad Fujitsu

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Best Compact Digital Cameras for 2010

clock September 3, 2010 00:52 by author Ty

Lumix Digital Camera DMC-TS1 Silver

Finding a digital camera with a long lasting battery life is important, especially if a lot of pictures are taken at one event. Many factors are considered when a manufacturer builds new digital cameras. Digital camera weight, size, color, type, image resolution, usage, zoom, special features, price and battery life are some of the main factors that determine how good the camera really is. Below are the top 10 digital camera models to check out for 2010.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (silver)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V
Canon PowerShot S90
Samsung DualView TL225 (orange/black)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (silver)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 (blue)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 (blue)
Samsung TL320 (black)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 (black)

Find aftermarket digital camera batteries for your camera.

 

 

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Types of Digital Camera Batteries

clock August 30, 2010 21:21 by author Ty

The three types of batteries you will find associated with digital cameras are model-specific batteries, universal rechargeable batteries, and disposable batteries.

Model-specific digital camera batteries usually have a lithium-ion (Li-ion) or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery chemistry. Advantages of model-specific batteries are they last the longest, come rechargeable with the camera, very compact, excellent battery life gauge, and carry a cheaper cost when compared to disposable batteries. There are disadvantages of model-specific batteries. Additional batteries will need to be purchased if many photos are taken and model-specific batteries will not work on different digital cameras.

Universal rechargeable batteries will have either a lithium-ion (Li-ion) or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery chemistry. Some of the major advantages are long-lived battery life with hundreds of discharge / recharge cycles. Multiple batteries can be purchased, charged and carried on hand if hundreds of photos are taken in one day. Batteries are interchangeable with other cameras that take the same type of batteries, usually being AA-sized batteries.  Cost of batteries will be cheaper in the long run, versus disposable batteries. The only downside is that most digital cameras require at least two AA-sized batteries or more.

Disposable batteries are single use, come in standard sizes, and usually have lithium, alkaline or oxy-alkaline battery chemistry. Advantages with disposable batteries is they are readily available in stores, tend to last the longest versus rechargeable batteries, lightweight, and multiple batteries can be carried if hundreds of photos are taken on the same day. The disadvantage of disposable batteries is they are bad for the environment because they create extra waste. Alkaline batteries don’t last very long and are disposed very quickly when compared to a rechargeable battery.

Each digital camera owner has their own preferences for the type of digital camera they want and the type of batteries they want to use. With the fact that rechargeable batteries last the longest, can be used repeatedly for several years, and save the most money in the long run would make them a better choice. Just as long as you have battery power for your digital camera when you need to snap photos.

Replacement digital camera batteries are available for your digital camera.

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Lithium Ion Batteries Become Safe – Add Water and Lose Oxygen

clock August 20, 2010 02:50 by author Susan

Water Battery Lithium Ion AqueousA low cost and safe alternative has been discovered by scientists by adding water to lithium ion batteries. Aqueous lithium ion batteries are inexpensive to manufacture and less dangerous when compared to standard lithium ion batteries. By eliminating oxygen in the lithium-sulfate and water electrolyte solution, the batteries’ capacity has increased, but for small capacities.

The aqueous lithium ion battery can only retain 50% of its charge after 100 charge / discharge cycles, which isn’t acceptable with laptops, digital cameras and other electronic devices. By leaving the pH alone, removing as much oxygen as possible from the battery, and using carbon coated electrodes the batteries’ capacity retention increased to 90% after over 1000 cycles.  The only problem is the aqueous lithium ion battery provided power that lasted 10 minutes, whereas the same type of lithium ion battery lasted 8 hours.

The Aqueous lithium ion battery may not be the right solution for laptops, but might come in handy for devices with short term use, utilizing solar panels and other forms of recharging.

Safer lithium ion batteries: add water, lose the oxygen.

 

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Battery Recalls and Battery Replacements for iPod Nano and BlackBerry

clock August 17, 2010 02:23 by author Ty

Battery recalls and battery replacements for two manufacturers, Apple and Asurion, are replacing and recalling products back this month for battery overheating problems.

Apple’s Japan unit is offering free replacements with the first-gen iPod Nano devices due to overheating batteries that can lead to minor burns for customers. There have been at least 27 cases reported of overheating incidents with 6 fires that left burns on 4 people.  Many of these defective models were sold between September 2005 and December 2006. Apple has sold around 1.8 million units of the first-generation iPod Nano in Japan since September 2005.

Visit Apple’s support page for the iPod Nano battery.

Asurion is recalling counterfeit BlackBerry branded batteries because the batteries can overheat and pose as a fire hazard.  There have been two reports of the BlackBerry®-branded batteries burning a consumer’s finger and also property damage to a sofa and a car seat.  The cell phone batteries were used across virtually all cell phone models of refurbished BlackBerry devices distributed by Asurion prior to November 1, 2009. It is recommended that these batteries stop being used and get replaced for free with upgraded batteries.

More information on replacing your overheating Blackberry battery.

Aftermarket BlackBerry cell phone batteries are available to replace your worn out OEM BlackBerry batteries.

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