The next-generation of power cells will double or triple your battery life
posted by Alan F. / Jul 27, 2014, 10:22 PM
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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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.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 10:26 PM 21
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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.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 10:40 PM 2
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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.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 11:01 PM 3
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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.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 11:33 PM 2
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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!
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 2:39 AM 1
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We won't get three times more battery life, we'll get three times less thickness. They'll never learn...
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 3:27 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 5:46 AM 1
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