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HP to Use Green Batteries in Notebook Computers


HP fans looking to make their laptops more environmentally-friendly will soon get the chance to upgrade to  Boston Power’s next-generation Sonata Lithium-ion batteries. The Sonata battery lasts for 1,000 charging cycles (3 years), compared to the 300 cycle limit of a conventional Li-ion battery.

The powerful battery takes only half an hour to charge up to 80 percent capacity, while conventional batteries take two hours— in other words, the new battery means less waste heat will come from your laptop.

And in case you’re worried about toxic chemicals, the Sonata doesn’t contain cadmium, arsenic, or mercury — chemicals common in laptop batteries. The battery’s packaging is also PVC-free.

The Sonata will be available as part of the the HP Enviro Series in early 2009.

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