HP starts selling batteries guaranteed for laptop's lifetime

Hewlett-Packard will begin selling on Monday laptop batteries that are guaranteed to last three years.

Hewlett-Packard will begin selling on Monday laptop batteries that are guaranteed to last three years.

The batteries use Sonata cells from Boston Power, a startup battery maker that has developed a Lithium Ion battery that can last for a thousand charging cycles without degrading. That's about two to three times more than a typical lithium ion battery. Further, the Sonata batteries will charge to 80 percent of their capacity in 30 minutes, which is faster than most other lithium ion batteries.

From Monday HP will offer the batteries through its online store for 18 models in its consumer laptop range. The machines represent about 70 percent of all consumer laptops sold by HP.

And from later in March they'll be available to customers buying new PCs.

The computer maker with brand the batteries "Enviro," which highlights their green credentials. Longer lasting batteries mean fewer or no replacements need to be bought so waste is reduced and could even help extend the useful life of old machines. The batteries themselves also contain no PVC and have earned the Nordic Ecolabel certification.

Recycling of the batteries will be handled by HP through the same channels it currently uses.

The batteries will cost US$150, which is about $20 more expensive than most of the replacement batteries currently listed by HP.

For now they won't be available on HP's business laptop range but Christina Lampe-Onnerud, CEO of Boston Power, said talks continue with HP and she's hopeful they will come to more of the company's laptop computers.

The deal with HP to sell the new batteries represents the first validation of Boston Power's technology from a major laptop vendor. The Massachusetts company was founded in 2005 and produces its batteries in China and Taiwan.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Topics: HP, laptop batteries
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Compare & Save

Deals powered by WhistleOut
WhistleOut

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?