The Perfect Rechargeable Battery?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found that the rechargeable batteries that replace disposable batteries somewhat lacking.  The nickel-cadmiums (NiCd) suffered from the memory effect and the nickel metal hydrides (NiMH) eliminated that, but still lost charge when not in use.  I’m currently using the Hybrio / Eneloop batteries which solve both of the above, but they still lack power, largely because they’re only 1.2V instead of the juicy 1.5V of disposable batteries.  I’ve even a few gadgets that simply won’t work with the lower voltage.

So, if you are like me and have children who get through batteries faster than a knife through butter, you might be interested in new nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries that are coming onto the market now from a company called PowerGenix.  The best bit is the voltage on these is 1.6V  and by all accounts, they last well.  Once the technology gets picked up by the mainstream battery companies, it will probably improve further.

They’re available now in the US but they don’t seem to have made it over to the UK yet.  As soon as they do, I’ll get a few to test out and compare against the Hybrios.

Also on the battery front, this article from the BBC highlights the issues around lithium production and why there is likely to be a shortage in the not-too-distant future.  Looks like good news for Bolivia but bad news for the Salar de Uyuni.

P.S.  I checked the technology out on Wikipedia and I was surprised to see that NiZn batteries were used on the Dublin-Bray train in the 1930s and 40s.  Had problems with limited discharge cycles, mind you.

Energizer it’s not just about Batteries Anymore at CES 2008

When you think of Energizer you think about batteries but you really do not think about home lighting. The folks at Energize have come with some great lighting products for the home that have eye appeal and will solve a lot of problems people have with lighting.

This new line of lighting products called “Light on Demand” are going to allow people to hang lights in places they would not do so otherwise. With long lasting rechargeable batteries this is the perfect solution that eliminates the hassle of having to hide or run wiring. As simple as hang the light and turn it on is the advantage of these new products by energizer. Long Life Time, Uses LED lights and they are very efficient lights that will run 12 hours on a charge. Best thing as easy to hang as a picture.

They are going to be sold at Target and Target.com available Feb 3rd.

If you want more information on the new Energizer Home Lights and future special offers please visit www.rawvoiceoffers.com and enter promo code “ENERGIZER” or visit www.energizer.com

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