5 battery technologies that would make your phone last longer and charge faster

5 battery technologies that would make your phone last longer and charge faster
Whoever, or, rather, whichever team, as scientific discoveries today are rarely made by a single person, reinvents the battery, will become billionaire overnight is the common understanding of Wall Street analysts betting on breakthroughs in battery tech.

It won't be long before everything - from our cell phones, through our cars, to our houses - uses some sort of electricity storage that ought to be cheaper and much more efficient than what we have now.

We are on the cusp of battery technology breakthroughs that would allow our spec'd-out smartphones to last for days, our cars to drive 500+ miles on a charge, and our houses to store enough energy derived from solar panels or other sources to last days on end without resorting to the grid.

That's why we are rounding up a few of these promising inventions that should finally put to rest our range and battery endurance anxieties, and what you will see in the slideshow below are good candidates for those multimillion bonuses when the breakthroughs reach commercial viability.

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17 Comments

1. baza58

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

when???

2. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Woot, cool stuff.

3. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Good article. Actually learned something and it is a topic where there should not be trolling. Need more of these.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

This is very much needed, but mAh/size increase has been teased over years now, yet none of the technologies managed to make it cheap, long lasting and perfectly stable, all of which is a minimum requirement to even consider greenlighting it, and it's another year from that to store shelves, so this is not coming anytime soon. While we're waiting, would it be so hard for all companies to start NANDFLASH storage from 64gigs all the way up to 256? Remember the dirt cheap terabyte HDDs? So how come a Nexus 4 still comes out a 8GB with no SD card slot?

9. iCandy

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Regarding the no MicroSD card slot: I'd have to believe that device manufacturers, cell service carriers and the hardware/software industry in general view "Cloud" storage as a far more profitable resource than large inexpensive local storage. I don't believe the argument that expandable memory in internet devices is expensive, space intensive or excessively power consuming. Its just that an external storage service is far more likely to extract additional cash from comsumers :).

17. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

The Nexus 4 and other Google Android devices were released without the sdcard slot with the idea it would make the average user experience less confusing. No app to SDcard, no multiple storage areas to browse in a file browser, and when transferring from device to computer, only one place for all!

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

All I know it's none of this technology is in my phone yet XD

6. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

So should I wait 2 to 3 years to buy my next phone?

7. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

History teaches us that there is a 20 year gap between new invention and application in products.

8. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

in 50 years.

10. homineyhominey

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Researches at Washington State University have been working on a battery that uses a tin anode rather than a carbon one. They say it is quicker to charge and has three times the capacity. They are currently manufacturing and testing these devices. They say it should hit market by the end of the year.

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

nokia will bring surely

12. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I'm loving these innovations. I'm loving that 3 of these 5 are from California universities, especially UCRiverside, which is just a couple blocks down the street from me ^_^.

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Smartphones are among the lesser important thing to get these revolutionary technologies. Such batteries will change the world drastically

14. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

The world is screaming for better batteries for so many different applications, one way or another with so much research in the field, we should see the light within the next decade or so... Nimh an li ion batteries are merelly better materials for the conventional battery design.... Wish hydrogen was easier to mass produce, those small hydrogen generators and cylinders are quite nifty! (LOL nifty.....)

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Alright.... but where's my jetpack and flying cars.

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Why not just make the battery bigger and thicker? I charge mine overnight anyway.

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