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Just Stand Inside this Room and it Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

Go to any airport and you’ll see wearied travelers huddled around outlets leeching out precious electricity to feed their devices. They aren’t alone in their need for power. With more than 3 billion smartphones alone in circulation in 2016, more people are experiencing the frustration of a phone dying when you’re using maps in an […]

Tips for Choosing and Building Custom Lithium Batteries

A brief overview of the different types of lithium batteries, and how to use them effectively in your project.
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The History of Batteries on Collin’s Lab

batterylab_3Collin Cunningham gives us an entertaining history lesson on the electrochemical cell.

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3 Big Trends Shaking Up the Energy Industry

We are at the cusp of an energy revolution. This post is a look at how three technologies — solar, batteries, and electric vehicles (EVs) — are poised to disrupt a $6 trillion energy industry over the next two decades. I had the chance to sit down with Ramez Naam, chair of Energy and Environmental Systems at Singularity University and acclaimed author of the Nexus series, to discuss these major forces and their implications. Let’s dive in…. read more

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Hoverboard — Salvage the Parts for Your Next Project

So your hoverboard is a fire hazard… Well, that doesn’t mean it’s good for nothing. Disassemble and cannibalize the parts for other projects.
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10 Most Exciting SciTech Advances of 2015

As we near the end of 2015, here are my top 10 picks for 2015 technology breakthroughs. These genius inventions are sending us careening into a world of abundance, bold visionaries and… read more
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Tesla’s Powerwall Is the Latest Step Toward Our Clean-Energy Future

Most people are skeptical that we’re heading into a clean-energy future. They find it hard to believe that solar energy is fewer than 14 years away from meeting 100 percent… read more

Why Do Dead Alkaline Batteries Bounce?

If you’ve ever wondered what retired old men (I’d assume some of them are or were engineers, scientists, or science teachers) do when they’re not annoying their wives, apparently some of them go out to eat with the Romeo club (the vid…

Book Review: Secrets of Lead-Acid Batteries

The technology behind lead-acid batteries has been largely unchanged for the last hundred years, and the batteries themselves are so pervasive because they’re easy and inexpensive to manufacture. Author T.J. Lindsay sifted through reams of ancient publ…

How to Recover a Sealed Lead Acid Battery

DIY expert Mikey Sklar uses his Da Pimp battery desolator and charger to recover a totally dead and dry SLA battery. You know you’ve seen these big lugs floating around — next time, you’ll know how to recover it. Filed under: Electron…