HP to offer 3-year 'Enviro' laptop battery

HP to offer 3-year 'Enviro' laptop battery

Summary: HP has announced a fast-charging laptop battery that promises to last at least three years without any degradation in performance, according to InfoWorld.The "Sonata" battery, as it is called, will be an option on HP's laptops, and is the product of three years of development work by Boston-Power.

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Sonata batteryHP has announced a fast-charging laptop battery that promises to last at least three years without any degradation in performance, according to InfoWorld.

The "Sonata" battery, as it is called, will be an option on HP's laptops, and is the product of three years of development work by Boston-Power. It will be rebranded by HP as the "Enviro" battery and offered starting in early 2009 on select laptops. The battery will cost an extra $20 to $30 over a standard model, and will initially only be available in North America.

The battery can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes and will go 1,000 charges before the battery's capacity begins degrading. In other words, this battery might outlast your laptop (common laptop batteries today start to degrade after 300 charges).

HP is backing up the longer-life promise with a 3-year warranty.

Gallery: Boston-Power's 'Sonata' battery

Topics: Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops

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  • sounds alot like....

    The high capacity capacitors that charge quick and store alot of power? who knows, but sounds like it. I would love to have a battery that can charge that quick, it would make things alot easier to manage as far as power on the go.
    OhTheHumanity
    • But it's not

      ... And capacitors don't have the same energy density. It would probably take a capacitor bank the size of a small suitcase to equal this battery. Capacitors can be dangerous too - ever had one flame or explode? I have. And capacitors leak, losing energy.

      Indeed, if they get the energy density up and whatnot, capacitors would be way cool for laptops / gadgets.
      waltmaine
      • A Hybrid?

        I don't remember specifics, but I read that some manufacturers were working on Hybrids that are part capacitor and part battery.
        Q'sDad
  • Capacitors charge much faster than 30 minutes

    nt
    Patanjali
  • RE: HP to offer 3-year 'Enviro' laptop battery

    I Want one.........
    olcowboy1
  • RE: HP to offer 3-year 'Enviro' laptop battery

    I want one.......
    olcowboy1
  • RE: HP to offer 3-year 'Enviro' laptop battery

    Initially Offered in North America only?

    Come march, you'll be hearing about the cheaper, Chinese knock offs.

    They've gotten really good at making copies.
    satovey
  • RE: HP to offer 3-year 'Enviro' laptop battery

    HP is lying!! I paid extra for this battery not quite two years ago, but HP tech support now insists it only had a 1 year warranty. My claim even got escalated to a manager who still insisted there was not such 3 year warranty.
    slowgeezer