iOS 11 battery life: Top tips for fixing the main problem iPhone users are suffering after Apple upgrade

Some iPhone users are reporting battery life issues after installing the latest version of iOS .

But if you’re one of the people finding that your phone is dying quicker than usual after making the upgrade, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage.

For starters, it’s a good idea to wait for a couple of days and see if the problem sorts itself out.

When you first install a new version of iOS, your phone starts performing a complete index of everything on it – not just photos and messages but also background settings and cached data. This obviously can put a strain on your battery life as it’s demanding more from the phone’s functions.

Once the indexing has finished, the phone’s battery life should return to normal.

In fact, Apple’s latest software should improve your battery life in the long run. The tech giant has had 12 months to redesign the software and make it more efficient.

If there are proven issues with the system then we expect Apple to offer some kind of a patch in order to fix it. However, if you’re still having problems, these tried-and-tested methods should help in the meantime.

1/ Dim your display

One of the biggest energy suckers is the smartphone’s colourful display. Most smartphones will automatically adapt the brightness according to ambient light levels.

To save even more energy it’s worth popping into the settings to manually change the brightness to the lowest level.

2/ Reduce the screen timeout time

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While you’re at it you can also change the settings so the screen turns off more quickly after you put the phone down. Look for an option called “screen timeout” in an Android phone or “auto-lock” in an iPhone and you can then tweak how long the screen stays on – set it to the shortest possible time.

3/ Close apps you aren’t using

Most modern smartphones now let you multi-task with apps – so you can be composing a Facebook post but then quickly pop into your internet browser to find a link – and you won’t lose the original post.

The problem is, this means you can easily leave many apps running in the background, consuming precious battery life.

4/ Turn off your wi-fi

When you’re out and about your phone will constantly be searching for wi-fi networks to connect to, which can zap the battery life. It’s worth switching the wi-fi off when you’re on the move and only turning it back on when you reach your destination.

5/ Don’t use vibrate mode

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The power needed to run the vibration motor of your phone is far greater than the power needed for a ringtone. So if you’re trying to make your battery last longer it’s best to turn off the vibrate mode. If you’re trying to be discreet in a meeting or at work, then it’s worth just switching to silent.

Even if you do all of the above, you’re still not going to get the battery life you were accustomed to in the 1990s. If you can’t handle that, it might be worth taking the extreme nostalgia option :

6/ Go back to the Nokia 3210

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The Nokia 3210 is the greatest phone ever made. It might not have done any of the snazzy non-phone things that modern devices do – fitness tracking, altitude sensing, eye-testing fandangery – but it was great at sending texts, making calls, having a long battery life and not smashing even when you threw it across a room in a supermodel-esque rage.

Moto Z2 Play Review: A Refined Battery Life Champion Returns

Lenovo introduced their Moto Z family last year with high hopes of being something different. The evolution of smartphone design has been more iterative than innovate in recent years from most manufacturers. The Moto Z smartphones, however, offered modularity to allow the phones to adapt to a user’s in-the-moment needs.

The Moto Mods concept is an intriguing one, but was ultimately met with mixed reviews. It is certainly the best execution we have seen to date with a growing selection of mods and simple plug-and-play operation, but many users are put off by needing to keep the phone-sized mods around. There has also been a fair question of if Lenovo would stick with the platform, as LG has abandoned theirs in moving from the G5 to the LG G6, but the second generation of Moto Z phones now indicates the mods at least have a future.

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For the most paired-down member of the Z family, the Moto Z Play, the intrigue for many users had little to do with the Moto Mods functionality and more to do with its seemingly endless battery life. In a world where many flagship phones fade after four or five hours of actual screen-on usage, the first generation Moto Z Play presses on for ten or twelve hours. As someone who regularly uses their phone for eight or more hours a day, the Z Play easily became one of my favorite phones to use and has been my daily driver since it launched.

Now the second generation Moto Z2 Play is here with modest hardware improvements and a slightly scaled back battery capacity. Is this successor still up to the task of powering through my workday? Let’s find out together…

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Left – Moto Z Play; Right – Moto Z2 Play

The Moto Z2 Play trades up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, which is effectively a higher clocked version of the Snapdragon 625 in the original (2.2GHz vs 2.0GHz). The Snapdragon 626 does bring Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy support, but otherwise the two chips are effectively interchangeable. The Moto Z2 Play is available in two hardware variants. Ours is the 32GB model which has 3GB of RAM available for $408 on Verizon. It is also available as a carrier unlocked variant with 64GB of on-board storage and RAM bumped up to 4GB for $549 to $499, depending on retailer.

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Specifications & Features
Model Name Moto Z2 Play Droid
Display 5.5 inch Super AMOLED Display (1080 x 1920 Resolution, 403 ppi pixel density)
Processor Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626, Octo-Core Processor
Dimensions
156.2 x 76.2 x 6mm, 145g
SIM Single SIM (nano) or Dual SIM (nano)/SD Card Slot
Protection IP52 Water-repellent nano-coating
GPU Adreno 506
OS Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)
RAM 3 GB LPDDR4 (Verizon) / 4 GB LPDDR4 (Unlocked)
Storage 32 GB (Verizon) / 64 GB (Unlocked)
Micro SD up to 256 GB
Camera 12 MP f/1.7 rear camera, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
5 MP f/2.2 front facing camera with LED flash, Video 1080p
Networking GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE support
v4.2 LE Bluetooth, NFC, USB Type-C, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint, Gyro, Compass, Proximity
Battery 3000 mAh Removable Battery
Colors Black, White
Extra Moto Mods including Turbo Power battery pack and JBL SoundBoost 2 speaker mod
Price  ~ $449 on Verizon, Unlocked Variants Also Available

Externally, the Moto Z2 Play looks almost identical to the first gen Z Play save for the now oval fingerprint reader and slimmer profile but it brings more design improvements than are immediately apparent.

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Left – Moto Z Play; Right – Moto Z2 Play

The original Z Play was a little bit of a heavyweight thanks to the massive 3500mAh battery inside and also its glass backing. The Moto Z2 Play, by contrast, is nearly 20 grams lighter with a lighter plastic back and, combined with a millimeter slimmer body, feels a lot nimbler than its predecessor.

The ergonomics are also vastly improved. Last year, we did not mourn the camera bump because the Z Play needed a style plate or mod in place to feel comfortable in the hand as the corners were rather sharp. The Moto Z2 Play, however, has slightly more rounded edges making a style plate no longer ergonomically necessary. It is still wise to use one though, to level off the camera bump and protect the rear contacts.

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Bottom – Moto Z Play; Top – Moto Z2 Play

Thankfully, the thinner frame is still well constructed and the phone resists flexing at all under pressure. Motorola has done well over the years to resist sacrificing structural integrity for aesthetics, a priority admired by those of us who can be hard on our devices.

On the flip side, the Z2 Play retains the large bezels of its predecessor. We know the footprint of the phone is effectively fixed to maintain mod capability, but we would really love to see a taller aspect ratio to at least fit in more screen. There is enough space to stretch the screen out to an 18:9 (2:1) ratio without drastically repositioning the fingerprint sensor, camera, flash, and speaker grill.

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The display is still a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and that’s just fine for its price point. It looks good and sharp enough for general usage though VR users may want to look for higher resolution devices. Color reproduction is great with a Vivid preset out of the box, though we prefer the more muted Standard color profile for better accuracy. Regardless, an OLED panel is, well, OLED and you don’t get much better brightness and pop from any other display type in handsets currently.

AllCall Rio comes with dual camera, Android Nougat and 3 days’ battery

Sometimes it’s not just about having the biggest brand smartphone in your pocket. You’d be surprised at what you can get your hands on if you cast your net a little wider. The big brands of today had to start somewhere, and many of them started off with some amazing specs at a fraction of the price of more well-known brands. Like OnePlus. Or like the AllCall Rio, which we bring you today.

While you might not have heard of this brand yet, it’s worth checking it out for the sheer amount of impressive specs, design and features it brings at a jaw-droppingly low price of about $55! Check out the video below to discover more about this phone or head over to the AllCall Rio website.

Here’s a little more about what you could be investing your hard-earned dollar on…

Design and display

The AllCall Rio comes jam-packed with an eye-catching array of specs: it boasts 3D curved screen technology, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S8, melding nicely into a sleek metal frame. The frame and housing is made with utmost care to maximize high durability of the device, while ensuring a smooth design and elegant appearance. 

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The AllCall Rio looks sleek and elegant, with its curved screen. / © AllCall

Its ergonomics won’t let you down either – it sits nicely in your hand, however, should the phone slip from your hand, it’ll likely hold its own thanks to a 1.8 mm thick glass, which is thicker than many other phones nowadays, ensuring its sturdiness and robustness.

Camera

You guessed it – this latest phone from AllCall comes with a dual camera (8 MP Sony IMX149 sensor) with an aperture of f / 2.2, in addition to a front camera for selfies. AllCall isn’t messing around with its photography technology – you can expect exquisite clarity and vivid colors as well as the bokeh portrait effect. You also get all the usual camera features like color filters, panorama shots and video shooting.

Performance and battery

The AllCall Rio comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, which has some useful features like split-screen mode and notification direct reply – these all make your user experience much friendlier than ever before. Packing a 2,700 mAh battery, the phone should hold its own for 3 days or 16 hours calling time.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this phone with some fantastic specs at a quite literally unbeatable price – it could be the next big hit in the near future! AllCall will also be at the Asia Expo for Mobile Electronics in Hong Kong from October 18 to 21 – so if you’re around, you should head over check them out!

W2 chip in Apple Observe Sequence 3 boosts wireless speeds although maintaining battery everyday living


 

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One of the points Apple briefly touched on in saying the Apple Observe Sequence 3 last week was the W2, a new self-intended wireless chip that is nominally the successor to the W1 identified in audio equipment like AirPods and the Powerbeats3. But what positive aspects does it provide, and why is it in a observe as a substitute?

Apple has been coy about the matter, indicating only that it boosts the Watch’s Wi-Fi speeds “up to 85 p.c” although earning both equally Bluetooth and Wi-Fi “50 p.c extra power successful.” In reality an formal technical specs web page mentions only an “Apple wireless chip,” irrespective of internet marketing in other places.

The chip’s reason is not so substantially a dramatic general performance raise as it is smoothing out the Observe expertise. The Sequence 3 nonetheless only supports 2.4-gigahertz 802.11n Wi-Fi, for occasion, so will not hope to max out a Google Fiber line anytime shortly.

Earlier mentioned all, Apple’s major problem looks to be offsetting the extra power intake from LTE/UMTS mobile assist in some models. Equally the Sequence 2 and the Sequence 3 (mobile and non-mobile) are rated “up to” 18 hours of battery everyday living, and although it continues to be to be noticed how LTE will have an affect on this, just coming shut to that maximum would be an achievement.

Lessening battery drain also indicates holding the battery the identical size, or lesser, making sure that the Sequence 3 is imperceptibly even bigger. On stage, Apple COO Jeff Williams produced a position of attacking some other LTE-geared up smartwatches, arguing that “if you will not do it proper, it will get so significant it looks like a house arrest bracelet.”

The slim targets of the W2 are evident when you take into account that the chip is not in Apple’s substantial-stop Beats Studio 3 Wi-fi, introduced a week prior to the Sequence 3, or in the Apple iphone 8 and X. A typical-reason part may well be useful to firm, but that will most likely have to wait till 2018 —if not later on.

Parrot Bebop 2 Power adds state-of-the-art manoeuvres and battery improve to make your aerial footage so a great deal far better

Parrot has taken its Bebop 2 drone and manufactured it even far better with the most recent variation of this quadcopter, boosting the battery and creating a sweeping variety of software program adjustments.

The Bebop 2 Power is built to make the knowledge of capturing special video clip even far better. The “power” in the name refers to the point that this variation comes with two battery packs, that means you can expect to get up to an hour of traveling time, though you can expect to have to switch batteries right after 30 minutes of flight time.

The Bebop 2 is very quick to fly and in this most recent guise, it can be even smarter, providing you a extensive assortment of new capabilities that will support you seize the footage that you want.

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There’s a recognition algorithm that will now make it possible for you to select an object, like a man or woman and then retain that man or woman in frame. The Bebop 2 has a great stabilised camera in its nose, as well as remaining really great at preserving a continuous hover.

Applying this object recognition you will find a assortment of extra moves that the Bebop 2 Power can accomplish to spice up your seize. The goal is to allow you increase additional attention-grabbing video clip than just a straight stick to, letting you accomplish moves like “tornado” or “boomerang” all around the subject matter to seize fluid and special angles.

With that in intellect, you will find one more set of automated maneuverers that encompass a increase (that traditional drone video clip shot), a 360 seize that you can expect to see a good deal to consider in the view or the expose which is our favorite.

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The expose is that traditional move in which the camera is pointing down and bit by bit pans up to expose the landscape or the scene forward. It is a traditional move utilised in the open in loads of Hollywood flicks. Confident, you can do it with other drones, but the appeal of the Bebop 2 is that you can do it on your own, with out needing a separate man or woman to regulate the camera while a person else is traveling.

When it comes to traveling, the Bebop 2 can be hand released, so you do not want to set it on the ground. All you have to do is maintain the drone from the base (away from the propellers naturally) and push the takeoff button. The props will convert bit by bit so you know it can be prepared to go, then you just sling it into the air and it leaps into a hover.

Earning traveling much easier you will find also the option to contact fly applying your telephone connected to the Skycontroller 2. You can contact up a map, then just push in which you want the drone to fly to applying contact. This will then deliver the drone off with out you having to pilot it, remembering of class that you can expect to have to make positive it can be large more than enough not to hit nearly anything.

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The Bebop 2 Power builds on the FPV variation of drone and comes with the new folding goggles in the box that you can also get with the new Mambo FPV. These will allow you slot your smartphone (Android or iOS) into the front so you can view by means of the drone’s camera as you fly.

You also get the Skycontroller 2 in the box, providing you assortment out to 2km. You may also have discovered from our photos that this variation of the drone is black.

The Parrot Bebop 2 Power will be accessible in from September 2017 for £629.

Samsung challenges Tesla with long range battery technology

Samsung SDI revealed its latest battery technology at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week that could challenge Tesla for long range battery supremacy. Samsung’s cylindrical lithium ion cells when grouped into battery modules will reportedly extend electric vehicle range to 600 to 700 kilometers (372 to 435 miles).

For comparison, Tesla’s flagship Model S has an all-electric range of 315 miles; the Long Range Model 3 has 310 miles of range, and Model X boasts up to 289 miles of driving range.

Samsung is looking to provide versatile battery technology could have a major impact on the EV market as a whole. Many skeptics point to range and charging convenience as two aspects affecting consumers decisions. For Tesla, an improved Supercharger network — which the company has committed to expanding into urban areas — and longer vehicle range could quell any rising doubts.

Samsung said that the range of a vehicle depended on how many modules were being included in the battery.

“Its users can change the number of modules as they want as if they place books on a shelf,” says Samsung. “For example, if 20 modules are installed in a premium car, it can go 600 to 700 kilometers. If 10 to 12 modules are mounted on a regular sedan, it can run up to 300 kilometers. This pack is expected to catch the eyes of automakers, because they can design a car whose mileage may vary depending on how many modules of a single pack are installed.”

That module flexibility could mean price flexibility for automakers looking to venture into the electric car space. Just this week, Mercedes-Benz announced that it is planning to electrify its entire lineup within the next 5 years.

How do you think Samsung’s entrance as a supplier for long range electric vehicle batteries will impact Tesla? Let us know in the comments below.

Samsung challenges Tesla with long range battery technology

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Moto Z2 Play Battery Life (first 24 hours)

We’ve had some time to spend with the Moto Z2 Play, and one of the biggest questions with just about any device is how well does the battery stand up. Well, we’re back to share our findings with the Z2 Play in the first 24 hours of using the device.

As a precursor, it’s important to note that the Moto Z2 Play features a 3,000mAh battery which is rather paltry compared to its predecessor which featured a 3,510mAh battery. So let’s see how well the battery stood up.

How long did it last?

The battery lasted over 15 hours*

The reason for the asterisk is due to the fact that the Moto Z2 Play completely drained after I fell asleep sometime after 1:15 am. We started our day at 10 AM and unplugged the device from its charger at that point. During some heavier-than-normal usage. As for the final screen-on time count, the Z2 Play finished with 4 hours and 14 minutes.

Full Battery test results

After charging the battery up to 100%, I was using the Moto Z2 Play as my primary device throughout the day, which included the use of various apps, games, and more. Here are our hour-by-hour results of using the Z2 Play:

Hour 1 – 100% to 97%

  • In the first hour, we were just getting our day started, so there wasn’t really too much strain being put on the battery yet. My morning routine consists of checking emails, social media, and responding to any messages from friends/family/coworkers.
  • Screen-on time was not calculated for this first hour.

Hour 2 – 97% to 92%

  • The second hour was much of the same, and we really didn’t put too much strain other than “regular” usage on the Z2 Play. However, as you’ll see over the next few hours, this was the beginning of an interesting 5% trend.
  • Screen-on time measured in at 33m and 30s with 69mAh of power being used.

Hour 3 – 92% to 87%

  • This hour provided some type to check out some new apps that I had heard about, while also checking out some Twitter and replying to some emails. Since I work from a laptop, I have been using that for music playback leaving the Z2 Play in its stand on my desk.
  • Screen-on time measured in at 48m and 13s with 95mAh of power being used.

Hour 4 – 87% to 82%

  • You can see that the ESPN app has started to creep into the top 3 apps being used, and that’s thanks to the influx of sports information that I take in throughout the day. Being in 3 different fantasy football leagues, plus being a big Baltimore Orioles fan, I like to keep up to date on what’s going on.
  • The screen-on time came in at 52m and 45s with 103mAh of power being used.

Hour 5 – 82% to 75%

  • With this update, ESPN crept back into the number 4 spot on my apps using power, as I continued to work on various projects throughout the day. As you can tell, another boring hour in the books.
  • The screen-on time came in at 1h 8m 2s with 139mAh of power being used.

Hour 6 – 75% to 70%

  • What’s weird to notice as we continue on our travels, is the steady 5% drain. With the exception of hours 1 and 5, every other hour has been a steady 5% drain, so that may be something good to take note of if you’re trying to calculate how long the Z2 Play will last with light usage.
  • The screen-on time came in at 1h 17m 36s with 159mAh of power being used.

Hour 7 – 70% to 62%

  • As you can see this is just about the end of the day here, and there’s a slight spike in my usage over the last two hours of the day. This is normal for me as I move away from my desk and go run some errands before coming back home to chill out.
  • The screen-on time came in at 1h 35m 56s with 197mAh of power being used.

Hour 8 – 62% to 54%

  • Another slight spike in battery drainage came in Hour 8, as we continued to use some Snapchat and other apps a little more intensively than throughout the day.
  • The screen-on time came in at 1h 49m 55s with 224mAh of power being used.

Hour 9 – 54% to 42%

  • ESPN moves back into the top 3 most used apps here, using 5% of the battery, while the OS and Play Services stay in the top two spots.The battery status chart itself begins pointing in a more downward slope, estimating 6 hours of battery left (which was pretty accurate).
  • The screen-on time came in at 2h 34m 4s with 287mAh of power being used.

Hour 10 – 42% to 32%

  • A 10% drop in hour 10 was attributed to more chatting amongst friends while also just keeping tabs on the comings and goings on social media.
  • The screen-on time came in at 3h 1m 51s with 323mAh of power being used.

Hour 11 – 32% to 27%

  • In hour 11, we slowed back down to our standard 5% drain, and this is attributed to the phone just being on our desk, save for the random breaks that I would take from gaming.
  • The screen-on time came in at 3h 19m 4s with 346mAh of power being used.

Hour 12 – 27% to 23%

  • In hour 12 we saw an even lower drain, coming at 4%, despite performing many of the same tasks as the previous hours. Our battery status chart also begins to flat line just a tad, giving us some hope that we could extend the battery life.
  • The screen-on time came in at 3h 34m 4s with 366mAh of power being used.

Hour 13 – 23% to 17%

  • Usage jumped a bit again, as we started playing some random games (I love word puzzles) and this also marked the point where my online gaming session came to an end, leaving me looking at my phone for more and more information.
  • The screen-on time came in at 4h 0m 7s with 139mAh of power being used.

Hour 14 – 17% to 12%

  • Usage slowed down a bit again, coming back to our 5% battery drain level, with the battery status chart giving us under 2 hours before the lights were going out.
  • The screen-on time came in at 4h 8m 23s with 139mAh of power being used.

Hour 15 – 12% to 9%

  • The final update before calling it quits for the day comes at 1:11 AM. With just 9% left, this is pretty impressive considering the fact that we unplugged the Z2 Play at 10 AM.
  • The screen-on time came in at 4h 14m 26s with 139mAh of power being used.

Bottom Line: The Z2 Play will get you through the full day, but…

Starting from 100%, you can see that the Moto Z2 Play did just fine to get us through a rather long day, even if we started later than most others would. So if you extrapolate the numbers, you’ll likely want to charge your phone at around 10 or 11 PM, versus letting it go through the night without a charge.

Overall, the Z2 Play lasted for over 15 hours, which is considerably less than the Z2 Force, but we’ll definitely be back to share more information about the Z2 Play over the coming days. In the meantime, head over to the Moto Z2 Play forums and check out what’s going on over there! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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Samsung Unveils Electric Car Battery with a 435-Mile Range

Samsung has managed to boost the capacity of electric car battery packs beyond those that are currently on the market, the company announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As Volkswagen, BMW and others took to the stage to strut their stuff and boast about what makes their brand’s plug-in cars better than the rest, some of the most influential companies that produce the underlying technologies behind these cars deserve a bit of credit as well.

Samsung, the popular smartphone maker, also makes electric car batteries and unveiled a new battery pack at the show. By increasing energy density, the company says it’s packed more power into a single battery and addressed a challenge that all electric car makers face: achieving a longer range without compromising the size of their vehicles.  

Compared with Tesla’s 100 kWh battery, which has 16 modules consisting of 18650 cells that let its Model S P100D travel up to 315 miles on a single charge, using 16 of the Samsung battery packs, the same car could travel 348 miles, making it about 11 percent more efficient. Samsung says it could equip a premium car with up to 20 modules, giving it a range of about 435 miles, or a typical electric sedan with between 10 and 12 modules, allowing up to a 190-mile range. Unfortunately no data was made available on the theoretical test weight of either vehicle, nor the overall capacity of the batteries.

The packs use individual “2170” cells, which are named after their dimensions: 21 millimeters in height and 70 millimeters in diameter, notably the same dimensions as those used in the Tesla Model 3 manufactured at Tesla’s Gigafactory.

Using Samsung’s new battery technologies, however, may help more automakers develop longer-range vehicles, potentially boosting the shift to electric that many manufacturers are working toward today and even give Tesla and battery-maker Panasonic a run for their money.

Samsung’s New Car Battery Works Like ‘Books on a Shelf’ | News & Opinion

One battery full of modules allowing car manufacturers to easily choose the range of their cars simply by slotting more in or taking a few out.


Samsung SDI Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

Samsung SDI is using the Frankfurt Motor Show to showcase a new multifunction battery for electric vehicles that works on the same principle as placing books on a shelf.

Rather than offer a number of different battery pack models each with a set range, Samsung instead decided to go down the modular route. Their new battery pack can be fitted with up to 20 modules, offering a range of up to 700km. However, vehicle manufacturers can opt to place fewer modules within the pack, therefore reducing the range but offering greater flexibility in the design of the car around the battery.

As this one battery pack can offer multiple ranges, it also means lower costs for Samsung when it comes to manufacturing them, but also for vehicle manufacturers who can now place large orders for one type of battery pack and then install the appropriate number of modules to suit each car and range. They may even decide to let new car customers choose their own range and add the correct number of modules as each vehicle rolls off the production line.

Samsung also used the show to unveil two new type of battery cells and modules. The first is called “Low Height Cell” and features a height reduction of 20 percent over existing electric vehicle cells. By reducing the height, Samsung is allowing manufacturers to maximize the interior space of a vehicle.

New modules based on the “21700” cylindrical battery design were also introduced. Each 21700 cell is 21mm in diameter and 70mm tall while offering 50 percent more capacity than the 18650 battery that are commonly used today. To put that capacity gain into perspective, the 18650 battery measures 18.6mm in diameter and is 65.2mm tall. So that’s significantly more capacity for very little size increase.

We can expect to see 21700 batteries using in everything from electric cars and bikes through to electric tools and maybe even laptops just like the 18650 cells.

Apple shares Apple Watch LTE battery stats: 1hr talk time, 4hr GPS + LTE workout, more

Following the announcement of the LTE Apple Watch earlier today, Apple is sharing more detailed information on battery life. While it still touts that the Apple Watch Series 3 gets 18 hours of battery life, there are some contingencies to that when LTE is in use…

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On its Battery Information webpage, Apple breaks down its testing process, as it has done for every iteration of the Apple Watch:

Apple Watch is so capable you’ll want to wear it all day long. So we made sure we gave it a battery that lasts all day, too. Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and doing a 30-minute workout.

Apple Watch battery testing was conducted by Apple in August 2017 using preproduction Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone.

This year, the addition of LTE brings new testing information to the table. Just like it does with the iPhone, Apple has broken out specific usage numbers for when LTE is in use.

Apple says that when connected to iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 3 should get up to 3 hours of talk time. When connected to LTE, however, that talk time falls to “over 1 hour.” That’s a pretty notable difference and one that will likely hinder how many people use Apple Watch Series 3 while connected to LTE.

Furthermore, as far as workouts, Apple estimates that the Apple Watch Series 3 will get about 10 hours of battery life for indoor workouts and 4 hours of outdoor workouts with GPS in use. If both GPS and LTE are in use, that estimated life falls to 4 hours.

Tested with heart rate sensor on during workout sessions. Indoor workout tested while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Outdoor workout with GPS tested with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) without iPhone. Outdoor workout with GPS and LTE tested with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) without iPhone.

One bright spot is music playback, which sees a bump from 6.5 hours to up to 10 hours. This, however, is when Apple Watch is connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Apple doesn’t offer battery life for when you stream from Apple Music using the Apple Watch’s LTE connection.

All in all, these battery life numbers are interesting if not a little disappointing. Using LTE will certainly take a toll your Apple Watch’s battery life, but that’s seemingly the price you pay for iPhone-free life.

All of Apple’s battery life information for Apple Watch is available here. Do these numbers influence your decision when it comes to buying the LTE Apple Watch? Let us know down in the comments.


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