By: Berdj Mazmanian, Senior Product Manager, Weego
We have all seen the impact of portable power in our lives, especially over the last two decades.
Everything from our cell phones to our laptop computers have gotten smaller and hold a charge longer. We have witnessed the evolution of chemistry used in battery technology, the latest of which is Lithium, currently taking center stage. Lithium battery capacity is a viable successor due to its density to power ratio. Basically, it packs a lot of punch in a small package which is why our electronics are getting smaller and lasting longer between recharges.
In light of the Samsung Note 7 fiasco, as well as the bad Hoverboard memories, we’d like to explain to you just what’s happening in those scary instances when a battery loses its temper aka catches fire.
In one of our old blog posts titled How do Batteries Work? we talked about how charge in a battery moves from one electrode to the other; however, these electrodes (Electrode #1 & Electrode #2 ) can NEVER come into contact with each other – that’s why there’s a super-important separator keeping the two away from each other. This separator is good at its job but it doesn’t like heat – heat makes the separator weak, and that’s no good. It’s also worth noting that these electrodes are surrounded by a flammable liquid/gel….
Like humans, batteries age. And when they age they don’t work as well, until one day they just keel over and die. Like humans. Tragic, but such is life.
However; like humans, batteries last a tad bit longer.
For those of us in our late 20s, this Pokemon Go craze has been a major #TBT – I remember collecting the cards and playing Pokemon on my Game Boy during long road trips when I was in elementary school. Like most crazes, especially those geared towards a younger crowd, it inevitably expires as the attention span moves onto the next exciting thing. RIP Pokemon, see you again never?
USB cords are a staple in our portable lives. Since taking over the market around 2000, they haven’t changed much in appearance. Soon, however, USB will experience a dramatic makeover that will permanently and significantly change consumer electronics. If you haven’t already, you’ll start to hear about USB-C and USB 3.1; but unless you understand what those abbreviations mean, you’ll quickly get lost in the jargon. Weego is here to educate ya!
The below post mentions volts, amps and watts – to learn the basics of what they are, please see our Power Basics series of blog posts.
A phone’s battery life is no new issue – we’re using them more and more, so the batteries die quicker, you can’t get through the day, yadda yadda. The first solution is for the OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to use a bigger battery without adding too much size to the phone.
A battery approaching the end of its life is something we’ve all experienced, whether it was with our cell phone or maybe our car. Just like humans, the healthy batteries tend to live a bit longer than the unhealthy batteries; but what constitutes a healthy battery? Read More
Sometimes we find ourselves in the desperate situation of needing to charge our phones but only having a few minutes until we’re out the door. Thankfully there are a few simple tricks to giving your phone a much quicker charge: Read More
The more cell phones become an every-day necessity, the more battery we drain. Lasting through the day is no easy task; however, here are some straightforward actions you can take to help your charge get to the end of the day: