Tech firms lead the assault on batteries

A product from Nokia.

How many of us get more than 24 hours from our smartphone before it runs out of juice? The biggest barrier to mobile computing has been short battery life. The problem with power is portability.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 10:55am

Batteries will power on despite Dreamliner glitch with lithium-ion-fuelled cells

Boeing displays an 'improved' version of its 787 battery. Photo: AFP

In January, Boeing's new, 787 Dreamliners were grounded due to overheating problems with their lithium-ion batteries, leading to potential fire risks. These were well-publicised yet rare incidents involving lithium-ion batteries - which abound in our modern lives, powering devices such as mobile phones and laptops.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

US father who taped girl's mouth acquitted

A Chicago man who bound his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posted a photo on Facebook has been acquitted of unlawful restraint and will find out the verdict on a second charge next week.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Huawei Honor

Smartphones are great. You can take photos with them, check your e-mail, browse the internet, play games, watch videos, and yes, even make a call or two.

The problem is the more you use them, the sooner you need to recharge the battery.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bike electrifies market

Increasing traffic density and scarcity of space in major city centres have inspired BMW to design its E-Scooter.

Electric bikes are not new in Hong Kong and the police have tried out Vectrix machines over the past two years, but many models can only carry battery power for short inner-city distances.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Voltaic Generator

What does it do? Ever endured a long day of meetings, only to have your laptop battery run out at a crucial moment? Now you can charge your laptop as you charge around the world, with the Voltaic Generator bag.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Soft battery maker Enfucell plans to expand into mainland and US

Finland soft battery developer Enfucell is looking for Euro5 million (HK$61 million) in financing for business expansion in the United States and in China, said chief operating officer Risto Huvila.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Think pink

Travel light and in style with the Vaio VGN-TZ37GN/P laptop. Part of Sony's premium TZ-series notebook computer line, this machine has a tough carbon-fibre chassis, an 11.1-inch liquid crystal display screen, a beautifully lit cylindrical hinge, a keyboard with a piano-like finish and an eye-catching pink lid.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

You are my sunshine

With Tobias Wong's jar you can bottle sunshine. Sort of. Designed for British outfit Suck UK, the Sun Jar includes - within a traditional Mason container - a solar cell, a rechargeable battery and three LED lamps. When the item is placed in sunlight, the cell generates a current that charges the battery, which in turn lights up the lamps.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Exploding mobile phone battery kills welder

A welder in Gansu was killed when his mobile phone battery exploded, according to a mainland report, in what is believed to be the first fatality caused by such an explosion.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

power up

We could all use more power in our lives - the portable kind. Where would the Hong Kong economy be if its money-makers weren't wired all the time? Would it be a real weekend if you couldn't broker the next big deal on your BlackBerry while mountain-biking down the MacLehose Trail with your iPod blasting out your favourite tunes and your camera on hand to snap any noteworthy sight?

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Battery in portable DVD player explodes in flames

A Yuen Long couple, shocked after their portable DVD player's battery exploded in their bedroom, injuring the woman, said yesterday it was lucky they were home at the time or they might have lost their flat to fire.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Check out the Pinewood Battery if you visit the Peak

A governor's summer residence designed more than 100 years ago was unearthed during construction work on the Peak.

I was surprised by the discovery, because I had never heard about this historical site before.

Many students think that learning history is all about memorising, and that it's not related to their daily life. I don't agree.

22 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Battery maker's growth given loan kick

China BAK Battery, one of the world's largest suppliers of lithium-based battery cells, is set to expand its development and manufacture of advanced products in the mainland after securing loan facilities worth 300 million yuan last month.

16 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Battery collection plan to be powered up

The environmental watchdog aims to double the recovery rate of used rechargeable batteries this year after 13 tonnes of toxic batteries collected in the past 12 months were shipped to Korea yesterday.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am