Why did you choose the name ‘Paleblue’?
In 1990, the Voyager 1 space Probe took a photo toward Earth from 3.7 billion miles away in which Earth can be seen as nothing more than one small blue pixel. This image helped many people realize the finiteness of our world and our resources. We believe that we should be using these resources more wisely and see the recent advancements in battery technology as a way to help us avoid the need to use or dispose of so many batteries.
What makes these different from my old rechargeable batteries?
Most rechargeable batteries, historically, were NiMh chemistry. They recharge very slowly and have a hard time keeping up with any high use applications. For example, your flashlight may seem not as bright as it would with other batteries.
Also, NiMh batteries will discharge when not in use. So, if your headlamp hasn't been used in a couple months, you'll find your batteries will have lost a lot of charge over time. Paleblue's Lithium ion chemistry and smart circuitry resolves all these issues.
My old rechargeable batteries never seem to hold a charge. What should I expect from Paleblue?
Almost all rechargeable AA and AAA batteries that we all have experience with are NiMh rechargeables. One of the problems with this chemistry for rechargeables is that it has high self discharge. This simply means that the charge goes down on its own when the battery is not in use. So, whether you charge them and put them in a drawer or into a device but don't use it, later when you go to use them, the battery will have less charge. Combine this with the voltage drop that you get when NiMh discharges to a certain level, and the battery suddenly performs poorly and for not as long as you'd expect.
Paleblue are Lithium ion chemistry which has a much lower self discharge current and also holds a strong voltage through its discharge cycle.
And don't forget, Paleblue recharges super fast so you can recharge conveniently anytime you need a fresh charge.
Do Paleblue batteries leak?
No. Lithium ion batteries have a very stable chemistry that will not leak like traditional alkaline or NiMh rechargeable batteries.
How safe are Paleblue batteries?
Among other certifications, we are certified to IEC 62133:2012, the most important and relevant safety certification for Lithium Ion batteries. This standard specifies requirements and tests for the safe operation of portable sealed secondary cells and batteries (other than button) containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolyte, under intended use and reasonably foreseeable misuse.
Why Mirco-USB and not USB-C?
One of the keys to preventing the need for and existence of more disposable batteries is to have the ultimate in convenience. Micro USB cables are ubiquitous and almost alway within arms reach. This means, no matter where you are, you should be able to find a Micro USB cable to charge up. USB C has it's upsides, but it's just not as readily available — yet.
Why don’t the big battery companies offer these?
The big battery companies want to sell you more batteries, not less. Our goal is to have people buy and use fewer batteries. If 'big battery' were to sell you this type of battery, it would erode their entire business model.