Why laptop batteries aren't getting any better.

Inside the Internet.
May 19 2004 2:35 PM

Battery Not Included

Why your laptop is always running out of juice.

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Correction, June 10, 2004: Originally, this piece incorrectly stated that a lithium-ion battery would not need oxygen to burn and that the fire could not be smothered. The piece also mistakenly defined the word "exothermic," which means "giving off heat" and has been removed. ( Return to the corrected sentence.)

Webhead thanks Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, and Jeff Layton, Dell's director of engineering for product group power and reliability. 

Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

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