Posted by BatteryClerk on 1/18/2017
No matter where you live, we’ve all
experienced them...power outages and surges. Yeah, they’re never convenient and
often you have no clue when your power will be restored (unless you’re lucky
enough to know someone at the power company). While most are simple
inconveniences, for some, they can be pretty downright catastrophic to their
home or business operation.
Do you have
computers? Are you working with important data? What about medical devices? Or
something else that simply cannot go down in the event of a power outage? If
you have any of these, then you probably should care about UPS batteries, or
“uninterrupted power sources”. Not convinced you should care about UPS
batteries? Ok, I understand, but bear with me for a minute so I can run down a few
myths about power to you. Ok? Awesome!
Posted by BatteryClerk on 10/8/2015
Think Mushrooms Are Only Good to Eat, Think Again!
Most of us eat mushrooms on pizza, spaghetti, and other
foods, but we may soon be using them to power our mobile devices! U.S.
researches have been testing a new lithium-ion battery made from portabella
mushrooms, and they claim it works very well. This new battery could last
longer than traditional batteries and it is friendlier to the environment.
Posted by BatteryClerk on 9/10/2015
How to Build a Flashlight with Dead Batteries
For those of you that love to tinker with gadgets, Popular
Science put out a great how to guide on building a flashlight with dead
batteries. In a nutshell, batteries from devices that we use are thrown away
after they are unable to power up our devices. Although the batteries are
considered dead, they actually have about 15% of a charge left. By combining
multiple “dead” batteries, it is possible to have a 100% fully charged battery
that can be used to build a flashlight.
Posted by BatteryClerk on 9/4/2015
Jay Whitacre from Aquion Energy wanted to prove the battery
his team developed was so clean, you can eat it. Well, Jay did just that and
literally ate a piece of his battery’s electrodes! Although the battery most
likely tasted horrible, it does prove that there are more eco-friendly ways to
develop products known for their hazardous materials. This particular battery
isn’t just an experiment, it is actually on the market already.
Posted by BatteryClerk on 8/14/2015
Really? Eggs May Help Batteries Last Longer?
Scientists at MIT and Tsinghua University, eggs may be the key to longer life in batteries. A nanoparticle battery electrode was developed that are similar to the structure of an egg. According to Engadget, "their invention, which houses a shape-changing aluminum "yolk" in a titanium dioxide cell, can go through charging cycles without degrading like the graphite electrodes in conventional power packs."