Battery recycling: the greener side of National Battery Day

More batteries end up in landfills than are recycled. Today is National Battery Day; the celebration of batteries and how they power our everyday lives. Batteries come in all shapes, sizes and types, with alkaline, zinc-carbon, lead-acid, mercury, lithium and silver oxide being the most common types. However, as wonderful as they are, batteries have a shelf life and, unfortunately, every year far more batteries end up in landfills than are recycled. This is not only bad for the environment because batteries contain heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and lead,…

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Innovative smartphone battery charger can fully charge a phone in less than one minute

New technology can charge phones up to 200 times faster than normal charging speeds. StoreDot is a startup based in Israel that has developed a unique technology that enables a specialized lithium-ion battery to rapidly charge. The company’s instant-charging battery, called the Flashbattery, can pull in enough power in one minute and store it to last for nearly a full day. According to the company, it is compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables and includes a FlashCharger. This charger can juice up a smartphone within minutes or in even…

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Portable battery charger uses solar panel to charge smartphones

HeLi-on is an innovative pocket-sized solar-powered external battery charger. HeLi-on is “the world’s most compact solar charger,” according to its Kickstarter page created by infinityPV, the Denmark-based developers behind the solar panel portable battery charger. Essentially, this device enables mobile users to carry a solar panel and battery in their pocket. The HeLi-on charger can both generate and store energy. There are three key components that make up the HeLi-on device. It contains a large solar panel with organic solar cells that collect energy from sunlight. The solar panel can…

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Umbrellas used as solar battery charger

American University Students bring solar-powered umbrella to campus. While umbrellas have traditionally been used as protection against rain and from the sun, now, a special type of umbrella found at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, can be used as a solar battery charger for mobile phones. The power of the sun collected from the top of the umbrellas is delivered to a battery charging station. The umbrellas gather energy from the sun via solar collectors, which line the ribs on the tops of the large umbrellas. According…

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Energy saving tips for the hottest days of summer

Enjoy a greener summer by using a portable battery charger and conserving other power. The hottest days of summer are here and while this can be fantastic weather for beaches and to lounge poolside, it can also be significantly demanding on energy, which can be harmful to the environment, cause greater expense to residents, and be a huge drain on the power grid. For this reason, employing energy saving tips can go a long way in helping people save on their energy bill and be friendlier to the environment at…

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