Phones Charge In Seconds, Last For A Week – A New Battery Breakthrough

li-ion battery packsWith our ‘smarter’ phones, one major problem that we have right now is on the battery. Li-ion batteries, which are in most smartphones, could only last for a day or two in an hour or more of charging time. We even published an article recently, regarding the tips to make our phone battery last longer. However, these tips won’t make our battery last for a week on a single charge, unless if we power it off most of the time.

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But, now, we have a new hope.

Researchers from the University of Central Florida developed a new type of battery that lasts for several days and charges in seconds. Amazing, and perhaps unbelievable, but it’s actually real and tangible.

The new battery

The high-powered battery developed by the researchers is packed with supercapacitors that can store a large amount of energy. The battery is small, thin – more like the size of a fingernail – but it is much powerful that it can be used in phones, wearables, and even in electric vehicles.

Aside from that, it stores energy rapidly, and can be recharged more than 30,000 times.

Lithium-ion batteries vs. high-powered battery

Normal Li-ion batteries only be recharged in a few hundred times, probably, between 300 to 500 full charges, and then, they begin to tire- dropping to 70 percent of the original capacity. Although other estimates claim that some batteries can withstand up to 7,000 charges, the new battery is still the best – at 30,000 times. Compared to the current Li-ion batteries, this new technology is very promising.

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“If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said Professor Nitin Choudhary, one of the researchers behind the new technology.

The high-powered battery and its configuration

Supercapacitors are used at a large-scale. Hence, it was not being utilized as batteries. However, the researchers were able to devise a very effective way to overcome this difficulty. They use tiny wires that are nanometer thick and coat it with high-energy shell. The core of the wires is highly conductive, allowing superfast charging – charging in seconds.

“For small electronic devices, our materials are surpassing the conventional ones worldwide in terms of energy density, power density and cyclic stability,” said Prof Choudhary. Cyclic stability refers to the number of times a battery can be fully charged and drained before it starts to degrade.

What lies ahead?

Right now, the battery isn’t available in consumer devices. However, this is a very good position for a brighter future in terms of the battery technology. Sooner, batteries won’t be a major problem on smartphones.

If Li-ion batteries will be replaced with this new technology, our phones will have long lasting batteries. In addition, we will be able to get rid of the problems with the Li-ion batteries, particularly, on its tendency to overheat and cause explosion – as what happened to Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

So, do you think this technology is something that we can look forward to in our smartphones? Are you willing to invest on smartphones with the high-powered battery? 

Should you have interesting stories to share, leave a comment below.

Stay tuned!

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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  1. Good, informative article. The technology seems great but I cant help thinking that there is a catch somewhere. I think phones with this technology will be very expensive, thus making it impossible for me to get a phone with this kind of battery. The companies wont have that avenue to make money on batteries like they were previously. Other questions. Would existing chargers on the market be able to charge these batteries? Could it be charged via usb? It would be brilliant if they could make laptop batteries like this.

  2. Hmmm.. Great! Quite innovative though. Of course its a breakthrough in the development of smartphones,because of how lovely a smartphone could be with all the exotic applications and mind blowing technology embedded in it, the major constraint therein is the battery.. But with this new technology I think its a great improvement having to charge fewer and save more power.. I’m willing to invest in it cos its worthwhile.. Hope it would be price-friendly and not exorbitant? Tnx.

  3. A great invention: I am increasingly convinced that today’s batteries are an old technology. The other inventions try to replace the charging method, such as solar energy or kinetic energy, but not the efficiency of the battery. Moreover with this system it also preserves the health; avoid overheating of the batteries and accidental fires that may result. This technology can also be implanted on hybrid cars to increase their efficiency

  4. A great invention. Quite innovative though. Of course its a breakthrough in the development of smartphones,because of how lovely a smartphone could be with all the exotic applications and mind blowing technology embedded in it, the major constraint therein is the battery. It would be brilliant if they could make laptop batteries like this.

  5. Fast charging and wireless charging both generate more heat than standard charging, so they will have a negative effect on battery life if used in the same manner as a standard charger. However, they bring a level of convenience that can change how you charge your phone. Instead of waiting to charge until the end of the day, they can let you quickly get 10% charge here and there throughout the day. This can then keep your battery at a higher charge levels and avoid deep charge cycles, thus counteracting the negative effects of heat generation.

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