HP Offers New Batteries that charges faster and lasts 3x as long!

December 12, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Beginning in 2009, HP plans to offer an optional new kind of lithium ion battery upgrade for some consumer notebooks that charges faster than regular batteries but more importantly lasts three times longer.

The new battery should allow an 80-percent charge in thirty minutes, which is better performance compared with conventional lithium ion batteries.

The battery is made by Boston-Power, which announced it as the Sonata battery. HP will re-brand the battery as the HP Enviro battery, and start offering them early next year.  Boston-Power produces 300,000 cells every month in a factory run by Gold Peak Industries Ltd. of Hong Kong in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Conventional batteries offer roughly 300 charge cycles before becoming useless. The Sonata, or Enviro, promises 1,000. HP will sell the Enviro with a three-year warranty.

The Sonata battery upgrade will cost between $20 and $30, an HP spokesman said.


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