A New Type of Battery Inspired by Electric Eels

Electric eel power comes from cells, called electrocytes, that expel energy when needed. Eels can actually “synchronize the charging and discharging of thousands of cells in their bodies simultaneously,” says Max Shtein, a chemical engineer at the University of Michigan who worked on research for a soft, flexible battery based on this concept. Shtein and his team, which included individuals from the University of Fribourg …

Mophie’s New Laptop-Charging Battery

Not much bigger than Mophie’s smartphone-charging packs, the just-announced Powerstation USB-C XXL carries enough power to lend a full extra charge to Apple laptops. It does so by way of a rapid charging USB-C connector, which limits its compatibility to MacBooks from 2015 and later, or MacBook Pros from 2016 and later. Mophie worked with Apple on the sleek, fabric-covered design—and the battery will only …

Tesla’s New Powerwall

Electric auto company Tesla has just announced their latest innovation, and it’s not just for speed-fiends. The new product, called the Tesla Powerwall, is a 220-pound rectangular battery that can power your entire home by storing solar energy. With these battery packs, Tesla founder Elon Musk hopes to boost the amount of renewable energy in the US and possibly abroad, allowing people in developing countries …