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Costco - 40pk -$10

Edit: If they can make it so it's $3.75 for 8pk I'll be all over it. Till then i'll continue to get el cheapo's from Costco.
Best Buy staff discount=36pack for ~$2.50
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a self heating vibrator, lmao
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a self heating vibrator, lmao
mmm thats one hot pu..... you know what? never mind!
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If they can make the battery feel cool enough on the outside without roasting us, much more our laptop, I'll get it.
This. Especially in terms of mobile devices like phones.

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This is really old technology. Some prototype vehicles have already been made (and are in use) with molten battery tech. Which begs the question: why isn't it more prolific?

I can't imagine a storage unit like this being energetically viable on any scale beyond demonstrating a functioning prototype. I don't doubt it would work in theory, but to just keep something the size/scale of the mock-up for the prototype at 400-700 degrees Celsius would take a lot of energy/power, and I can't see the battery sustaining its temperature without a significant amount of draw which would still offset the capabilities of conventional storage media. Also, they discuss how this is much more scalable than conventional batteries--again, from a design standpoint I don't doubt that, but from a functioning standpoint, the amount of energy it would take to sustain this would increase exponentially with an increase in size (volume).

Also, this is sufficiently vague:


Since a basement freezer really isn't that much bigger than a "shipping container" (and depending on the size of a shipping container, the freezer could be much smaller), I don't see the relevance of this statement.

Unless they're farther along than they let on, or MS knows something about the tech that is not conveyed in the article, I am surprised that MS dished out money on this, since it's not a new battery technology, and prototype units have been demonstrated a long time ago, with nothing in the way of industrialization to show for it.
It says the battery can heat itself up once it reaches the right temperature. In other words, you just need to "jumpstart" it then it's self-sufficient.
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It says the battery can heat itself up once it reaches the right temperature. In other words, you just need to "jumpstart" it then it's self-sufficient.
True, but what's the energy cost? As i mentioned, sustaining a high temperature on something as massive as the mock-up in the picture would still require a lot of energy. I can't say for certain, but I can't imagine these things having a high heat capacity such that they can sustain high temperatures without a significant amount of energy. I'd really like to learn more specifics about their cell.
    
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