New batteries to recharge in seconds?!

New batteries to recharge in seconds?!
It is incredible where technology can lead us to. The wireless devices have improved so much over the last few years that someone could hardly say this was expected. Still, one element has not been referred to as often as the others. Have you noticed how everything is different now, except for the batteries? Batteries have just grown more powerful, but there hasn’t been any groundbreaking technology to actually change how today’s batteries in phones work. However, this may soon go down to history, as a new manufacturing method for lithium-ion batteries is under development, which may be able to make batteries smaller, lighter and most importantly, very quickly chargeable.

Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer electronics, such as handsets, laptops and so on, but they have a significant drawback - long charge times. However, Gerbrand Ceder, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his colleagues used a computer simulation to examine how ions and electrons move in a different environment, which is a variant of the standard lithium-ion material, called lithium iron phosphate. The test has showed that the ions are moving really fast in the new environment, but there was a problem, related to how ions pass through the material.
It seems like this new technology is worth researching, since lithium iron phosphate is also cheaper. Until now, standard lithium cobalt batteries have been paid more attention, because of their ability to pack more power for a certain weight. But we are also aware that they as well lose their capacity to charge over time, which isn’t the case with lithium iron phosphate. Moreover, the actual changes in the manufacturing process should be relatively few, so we might really see the new batteries in two or three years.

source: BBCNews

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7 Comments

1. westbank504

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 23, 2009

be nice to charge my phone and have a full battery in 5 mins instead of 5 hours

2. filteroff

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 18, 2009

Well sure it charges quick... there is a draw back. It discharges just as quick as it charges.

3. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Yeah, because this would even be news if the batteries discharged in 5 minutes after charging for five minutes... seriously, think before you post, what theyre saying is it can charge for just a few minutes and get the equivalent to a full battery charge. As in three hours talk time, a week of standby.

4. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

OH MY GOD. These articles are painful to read. This particular one is the English language's worse nightmare. I demand Phonearena issue a formal apology to the English language. This is the worse case of butchery the language has seen since George W. Bush.

5. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"worst"... I hesitate to even state that because depending on what context this is in, both could be correct. However, in this context, it would be "worst". Sorry for pointing that out :)

6. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Lets just chalk it up to his grammatical zeal.

7. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Hey, I've done it too... Point out some crappy grammatical or spelling error, and then screwed up what I was typing. Haha! I guess so, chalk it up!

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