This week we released a new site design on eBatts. The goal was to make it easier for people to use the site and so we focused on making the major brands and product categories more visible. We rearranged some elements; most notably, we moved the main product categories from the left side up to the top. Now you can clearly navigate to laptop batteries, camera batteries, camcorder batteries, cell phone batteries and cordless phone batteries, or see all of the different battery types we offer.
Next up, we added the most popular brands to the left side. This way you can easily find the battery for that Sony camera, laptop or phone from one convenient location. We also rearranged the center area of the website so users can visually identify the product they are looking for and click from there. Lastly, we relocated all of our social media links, including our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and blog to the footer.
We hope you like the new layout of the site and we would love to hear your feedback!
June 3, 2013 23:34 by Jeff
With the technology of today it is possible to use environmentally friendly formic acid in fuel cells, and soon you may be able to use this technology to power your mobile phone or laptop. Physicist Florian Nitze of Umeå University in Sweden has written his thesis about catalysts to improve the capacity of these fuel cells so they can have greater application in consumer electronics and other areas.
Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to run. The technology is already commercially available but formic acid fuel cells still suffer from low power and lifetime which makes it a challenge today for high energy consumption electronics. The effect of a catalyst is to reduce the energy loss and to increase the rate of the chemical reactions, which leads to a higher efficiency in the fuel cell. In his thesis, Nitze has developed new catalysts based on a combination of material science and nanotechnology - engineering close to the atom level.
Several of the new catalysts that Nitze has developed are based on palladium. It is a noble metal such as gold or platinum, but it is half as expensive. Formic acid can be produced from renewable sources such as wood, and is therefore an environmentally friendly alternative. "One of the major advantages over Li-ion batteries, which are dominating the battery market, is that the charging only takes seconds by simple refueling with formic acid," says Nitze. The working principle of a fuel cell: If hydrogen and oxygen (but equally valid for formic acid and oxygen) get in contact, they can burn and release a lot of energy. In this process hydrogen gives electrons to oxygen, it is oxidized, and oxygen takes electrons from hydrogen.
With Li-Polymer batteries become more mainstream as of 2011-2012, we've seen a change in our how smartphones are being manufactured. Companies can now further edit the structure of the battery, making them thinner than before to please today's consumers. Imagine, then, an even more flexible type of battery; one that can bend up to 300%.
Yonggang Huang, an engineer from Northwestern University, has created just that with the help of John Rogers from the University of Illinois. These stretchable batteries would initially be used in the medical field to help keep track of patients - for example, a heart monitor could be embedded into cardiac tissue.
The researchers were able to create this by placing several individual battery storage components next to each other. These are all connected with wavy wires to ensure that the material can still move around, while the rigidity of the small battery parts themselves help ensures that they don't break.
If this type of technology ever hits the marketplace en masse, we may see it spill over into other electronics, primarily phones, where a varying size of battery would help determine the size of the machine itself.
February 15, 2013 00:29 by Dustin
If you own a Windows 8 Ultrabook or laptop, then beware: according to Michael Prospero of LAPTOP Magazine, the average battery life of each category has gone down ever since the arrival of Windows 8 products.
Using a variety of products for testing (such as the Dell XPS 12, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, Sony VAIO Duo 11, and Toshiba U925t), Prospero concluded that the average battery life for ultraportables sat at 5 hours and 9 minutes. Meanwhile, the Thin & Lights category fell to 5 hours and 7 minutes on average.
There could potentially be several different issues causing the low battery life, from the touch-screens, the operating system, or the various software that comes pre-installed. Nonetheless, considering that ultrabooks are supposedly known for their long battery life (thus the reason behind the drastic change from removable batteries to internal batteries), this definitely proposes an issue in today's electronics.
This isn't to say that the problem will remain: even with smartphones, many OTA (over-the-air) hotfixes and updates have been applied in order to increase battery life. It remains to be seen whether Windows 8 will fall in line with this trend though, or if the drop in battery life can be pinpointed to other reasons.
January 23, 2013 02:18 by Jeremy
Although CES officially ended more than a week ago, many of us remain in the grips of its luster. In the next few months, crowds will finally be able to get their own versions of the new gadgets that were only just recently unveiled.
Cell phones took a bit more of a back seat this year around in comparison to last year, but the tradeshow didn't leave us completely empty-handed. Sony and Huawei are two champions of the smartphone category; their flagship phones, the Xperia Z and Ascend W1, are currently two of the most highly anticipated phones.
The Xperia-series is no small name amongst phone enthusiasts. Sony has so far produced a long list of Xperia-branded phones, from entry-level to high-end. The latest model, the Z (along with their other flagship phone, the Xperia ZL) boasts a 5-inch screen, 1.5-Ghz processor, 16GB of space (more available due to a microSD slot), and a non-removable Li-Ion 2330mAh battery. What really makes this phone shine, though, is its ability to survive underwater by a little over 3 feet. Your phone can take the occasional tumble through a washing machine or accidentally drop into a sink, and you won't have to worry about it suffering major damages.
Huawei, while not new to the cell phone industry, hasn't been a popular name under high-end smartphones. It's certainly aiming to change that with the Ascend W1. Already available in China, the Ascend W1 is Huawei's first attempt at a Windows 8 phone. It boasts a 4-inch screen, 1.2 Ghz processor, and a Li-Polymer 1950mAh battery. With the rising popularity of Windows 8, this smartphone brings about a new appeal to those looking for a little change in the current meta.