5 future battery technologies to 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. The current Li-ion technology has been good to us, but is nearing its limits, with potential about 30% above current levels at the maximum, and that's that, say researchers.

Still, 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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8 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

cant wait for some of this new tech to be put in our phones

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Who are we kidding here? The battery industry is no different than the oil industry. The goal will be to create a finite cap. There are many options in design and concept to increase usage on single charges, but sadly, most will not make it to the table with all the elements intact. The directive is to take these discoveries and design limitations so sales do not take a hit. Power sourcing is a fortune maker. The industry knows that consumers rely on these sources to conduct every day businesses. As in any industry, the global leaders of such utilities will either denounce the tech or purchase it to either alter it or never implement it. The best we can hope for at this time, is the manufacturers write and design software to compensate for the limits set on how long batteries will last physically and !mechanically. John B.

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Well said.... same like some break through technologies in power generation were destroyed by governments/cooporates... even some of the inventors died in accidents or strange circumtances... Nicola Telsa's work was kept under the dust for ages and destroyed for unknown reasons, we only know about some left over achievements of him

6. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

You seem to be forgetting about the big players who will gain from the battery tech getting better. It takes time to figure out production, even if the tech works in principle. It's not ok, if even one in a thousand units blow up or destroy the device. In case of SOC, it's clear from the initial test, if the device is ok or not, but batteries are different in nature.

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

How about they just make phones a little bit thicker and include a 5,000 mAh battery like the Blu Studio Energy? All it needs is a quick charging technology and everything would be great. 10 millimeters is not too thick of a phone...

5. CptPwn

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

You forgot to mention one of the best new ones, that will 10-20 fold the number of recharge cycles. The new titanium dioxide kind from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), among others.

7. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Had a nerdgasm reading and watching this stuff. lol.

8. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

Israeli firm StoreDot has a technology based on organic compounds derived from cancer research that allows them to make phone batteries that charge from 0 - 100% in one minute flat. Unfortunately they only hold 900 MaH at the moment in the lab, but they are refining them to increase capacity. Apparently some big names in the cellular industry are in negotiations with them to implement the technology. Once perfected, just imagine the potential - not just for phones, but for electric cars also.

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