May 22, 2010 01:46 by Ty
On May 19, 2010 HP expanded it's laptop battery recall for several models. You can view the laptop models below that get a free replacement laptop battery under the recall program.
HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario laptop batteries are effected by this recall.
Name of Product: Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers
Units: About 54,000 (70,000 units were previously recalled in May 2009)
Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.
Hazard: The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Since the May 2009 recall, HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured resulting in 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage.
Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
Manufactured in: China
medy: Consumers should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. HP recommends that only batteries obtained from HP or an HP authorized reseller be used with HP notebook PCs.
Description: The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. The chart below includes all notebook model numbers associated with batteries recalled to date. The computer model number is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook computer. Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled.
*This image is a screen shot off the HP Web site. Please click the image to view a more up to date chart on HP.com
May 13, 2010 01:14 by Ty
Sanyo has a new line of NiMH battery products that differentiates itself from other batteries by being eco friendly, rechargeable, and long lasting by holding a charge longer than other disposable and rechargeable batteries. Sanyo claims the Eneloop batteries can retain 85% of their charge even after one year of being on the shelf. Because the Sanyo Eneloop batteries can be recharged and used again over a thousand times makes the Eneloop battery a cost effecting and eco-friendly choice for electronic devices. Sanyo claims 1 Eneloop battery is the equivalent of 1000 regular alkaline batteries.
Sanyo Eneloop batteries are available in AAA, AA, C and D. AA and AAA batteries are 1.2V. AA batteries are rated at 2000mAh and AAA batteries at 800 mAh.
May 11, 2010 21:09 by Ty
PC World released the top 10 laptops with the best battery life. Todays laptops range from 3.5 hours to almost 15 hours on one battery charge. Lithium-ion batteries are getting better each year and improving laptop battery longevety. Todays laptop battery life is impressice when compared to 10 years ago. Below are the top laptops make and models for their battery life.
- Acer Aspire One D250-1613
- Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310WH
- Toshiba Satellite U505-S2940
May 10, 2010 19:50 by Ty
Better Place marks itself as, “The global provider of electric vehicle networks and services.” Better Place launched switchable-electric battery powered taxies to run in Tokyo. Battery packs are equipped with the latest lithium-ion battery technology and 95% of the battery material can be recycled and reused. Range is about 100 miles and recharge time is between 4-8 hours. The EV battery lifespan is expected to be 8 years with over 2000 recharges. You can check out the new electric cars by Better Place with detailed specifications, plans and vision.
April 23, 2010 18:34 by Ty
The new X-37B unmanned space shuttle launched today and will be remotely controlled. What’s interesting is that the X37B electronics is powered by lithium-ion batteries and solar cells. This replaces the traditional craft that uses a fuel cell system to generate power. Li-ion batteries have great energy to weight ratios, a slow loss of charge and a large capacity for power.