The next-generation of power cells will double or triple your battery life

The next-generation of power cells will double or triple your battery life
Researchers at Stanford University have discovered what could be the next-generation of Lithium-ion batteries. Instead of wasting a lot of power like current lithium-ion batteries do, this cell employs a nanoscopic carbon shield allowing for longer battery life. Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who now works at Stanford as a professor, says that such a battery could provide smartphone users with two to three times the battery life that they now enjoy.

Don't expect to see these new cells powering up your smartphone real soon. There is plenty of engineering and technical work left. We'd bet our bottom dollar that one of the issues that will need to be worked out is the size of the battery, which after all, will have to fit inside a smartphone casing.

Today's batteries have three parts to them: an electrolyte to provide electrons, an anode to discharge those electrons, and a cathode to receive them. The challenge for researchers is getting the lithium in the anode, which would create a more efficient and powerful cell.


The protective nanoscopic carbon shield allows a higher percentage of lithium to be extracted from the anode compared to the amount that is put in to the anode when charging. Yes, it sounds like your high-school science class which is probably why your eyes glaze over when reading it. Let's just say that all of this research is pointing toward a huge increase in the battery life of your future smartphone.

source: Nature, Phys.org via Engadget

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17 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Just like solar cells, there are battery breakthroughs in labs around the world every year. But what makes it to the market? Nothing. Please send a thank you note to your favorite US energy company or any of the various government officials on their payroll.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Hopefully they'll apply it but doubt it . Power banks and makers of spare battery will be gone. But still this will be helpful to all consumer if only companies will just think of consumers welfare.

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Too much lobbying money from these greedy companies for a breakthrough product like this to even make it to the market. cruel.....but that's how business is done

8. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I wonder why samsung/sony/lg didn't do the battery research. This asian company is very good at doing the LCD research that now we have a very good (high density) display at affordable price.

9. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

By the time the technology comes to market there will be 4K displays and more power hungry processors on our phones. So back to square one again.

2. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Yawn...have been reading articles like this for past three years and yet to see anything materialize for commercial use.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

The won't allow this to happen. Do the math. Powerbank and spare battery business will die alltogether

6. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I've seen information throttling happen with the water-fueled car, but money from oil giants says no. Same thing here. Anything related to power efficiency (those with potential to replace fossil fuel) will have a tough opposition from oil tycoons.

7. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

yeah yea, borring news. We are keep reading about these "next generation" baterries like every 6months for the past years. The sad truth is that a smartphone still cannot go beyoud 1-2 days without a recharge, and this is not going to change in the next 5 years for sure.

10. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No doubt they'll all take the opportunity to use a battery a quarter as thick, giving us phones that are like a sheet of metal and terribly uncomfortable to hold with battery life that still lasts less than a day!

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

We won't get three times more battery life, we'll get three times less thickness. They'll never learn...

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Unless they chinesse company. Huawei, Lenovo flagship come with 4000mAH+

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I posted this in another article: The early 60s discovered a technology in automobile carburetors that we could obtain 150 miles on only one tank of gas. This technology mysteriously disappeared. The foutune500 comoanies such as Oil manufacturers hold a very powerful control on products and dispensed technology associated with such products. The battery manufacturers are in business to make money from the circle of battery replacements. If this so called "new" technology were to be offered, imagine the profits margines lost due to massive decline in recirculated sales. We have seen so many new discoveries over the last 15 years and yet nothing seems to materialize short of making batteries only slimmer and shaped differently. Hardly an advancement for solitude. Let's aslo reflect on the fact that devices are becoming far more powerful. I suspect that if the technology is incurred in tomorrow's devices, we shall see minimal increase of usage on a single charge. My '84 Toyota obtained 48 miles to the gallon. With today's technology, we should be seeing far more gas mileage. The oil companies and Government will kill the initiative due to lost dollars. Same will apply here. John B.

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I just realized auto correct placed one "tank" in place of one "Gallon".

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 7186; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Uh, 2 days :)!

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's starting to sound like an episode of That 70s Show around here. "They've for a car man! And it runs on water!"

17. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Better batteries :)

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