Panasonic unveils bendable, flexible lithium-ion batteries
posted by Cosmin V. / Sep 29, 2016, 7:21 AM
Panasonic one of the leading battery providers in the smartphone business has just announced it has developed a flexible lithium-ion battery. The battery can be used in wearable devices or any card-type electronics, as it's only 0.55mm (0.022 inches) thin.
According to Panasonic, the rechargeable battery can withstand bending and twisting beyond the Japanese Standards for identification cards (bending radius R40mm, twisting angle ± 15 degrees/85.6mm. On top of that, the battery is capable of maintaining its characteristics even after being repeatedly bend and twisted. The same goes for the charging and recharging characteristics.
And if you're thinking of safety, Panasonic confirmed that its new flexible battery is safe to use in devices attached to the human body, including smart clothing and wristband wearable devices.
The first shipments of Panasonic's bendable batteries are scheduled to start by the end of October 2016. While the product development will continue with the final purpose of mass production, Panasonic is determined to make its flexible battery even slimmer in order to be included in various IoT devices such as card and wearable devices.
The disappointment comes in the fact that the nominal capacity for Panasonic's flexible lithium-ion battery is as high as 60mAh, which means they're not meant to be included in smartphones. Two smaller models will be shipped next month as well, with a nominal capacity of 17.5mAh and 40mAh.
Hopefully, the new technology can be applied to larger capacity batteries, otherwise we won't see any true flexible smartphones on the market anytime soon.
Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014
"makes it difficult" Que: 'look I can bend the battery!' *keeps doing something until it breaks and like anything lithium battery based, goes up in a fireball*
posted on Sep 29, 2016, 7:24 AM 0
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Will these batteries explode like note7 and note7 replacement units?
posted on Sep 29, 2016, 7:33 AM 2
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I'm really hoping we can see some new battery tech soon. Hopefully this will come to fruition... http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Sep 29, 2016, 7:36 AM 0
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Wait. So basically, you could put batteries into the smart watch bands? Awesome!
posted on Sep 29, 2016, 7:40 AM 2
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Way too many will it explode comments. You guys are starting to sound like the you're holding it wrong douche bags.
posted on Sep 29, 2016, 8:09 AM 4
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I'm just waiting for Samsung to get in on this technology and enter the apparel business. I can't say as much about the world as a whole, but such explosive clothing would be wildly popular among Middle Eastern radicals.
posted on Sep 29, 2016, 1:18 PM 0
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