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A gallon of gas could power your iPhone for 20 years

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A gallon of gas could power your iPhone for 20 years
If you ask ExxonMobil, we’d still be living in a gas-run economy even in the distant 2040. The fuel company that swapped places with Apple in the battle for the world’s biggest in market value, has some interesting revelations about power efficiency. Turns out, a gallon of gas could power your iPhone for 20 years. That’s if iPhones were powered by gas.

ExxonMobil’s VP for Corporate Strategic Planning, Bill Colton, has this very convincing argument:

"All of the energy concentrated in one gallon of gasoline is enough to charge an iPhone once a day for almost 20 years."

And you thought the future belonged to electricity! The biggest drawback to using it in mobile products, like say cars, is the fact that it has a low energy density. Basically, you already know this if you’ve been looking into electric vehicles - they can only run around 100 miles on a single charge, while under 100 pounds of gasoline can power a 3,000 pound car for 400 miles at 60 miles per hour. Now, Apple has already filed a patent for hydrogen-powered batteries - if only we had gas-powered iPhones!

source: ExxonMobil via Gizmodo

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posted on 27 Dec 2011, 04:42 3

1. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


thats 10 in android years and 25 on symbian/wp7.5

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 05:38 3

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Unless the iphone starts to burn and explodes
LoL

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:07 3

3. chirole (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


except Gas isn't renewable so I really don't see Exxon's point. It'll run out. Gas will run out and at least our society is smart enough to start looking for new sources.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:19 4

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3842; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok this is so stupid. If the iPhone used gas it will be like a Molotov cocktail. Don't drop it because it will explode. Gosh this was a stupid article. Fossil fuels are NOT the future. It's a limited resource we are almost done with. Hydrogen & Solar power are the future.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 16:03 2

7. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


yeah guys gosh

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 16:08 1

8. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


Nobody is suggesting that one would actually use gas to directly power a phone. All they are saying is the amount of raw energy in a gallon of gas would provide an amount of energy sufficient to charge an iPhone once a day for 20 years. I don't disagree with you on fossil fuels not being the future, but yours is a mis-reading of the article.

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 07:23 1

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3842; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I was being facetious. I mean I said GOSH! lol

paulyyd got what I was saying. So plus 1 for him & minus 1 for you idiotwind13.

I think you mis-read me. lol

I am just trying to have some fun on PhoneArena.com.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:54 1

5. jasongohjr (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


Juz built a solar panel behind our phone's screen... Juz do it!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:18 2

6. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Who's Juz?

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 00:36 1

9. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


I'm assuming you're being sarcastic, but just in case you're a little blond he meant to say "Just" but in a cooler way...lol.

Anyways, Jasongohjr I completely agree with you, solar technology should have been implemented years ago!! Maybe not to even fully substitute a plug charger method, but at least use the technology to prolong battery charge.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 09:14

11. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


Minus one for sarcasm failure. Here's a hint: if you are going to use sarcasm or be "facetious" using the written word, you have to make some indication that that is what you are doing, a la Stephen Colbert over-the-top ignorance. The way that you did it leaves open a very reasonable interpretation for someone who is not familiar with your writing or views that you are simply stupid.

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