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July 28, 2014

New lithium batteries can last two to three times longer

Batteries are one of the major concerns of mobile users today. We want devices with powerful processors and bright displays but the more capable our phones are, the more they drain power from their batteries. Hopefully, these concerns will soon be addressed thanks to researchers who have developed a new lithium battery that could last longer.

lithium ion battery

Lithium ion batteries (the ones inside your smartphones right now) are currently limited and in fact, leave out a large amount of untapped energy. What researchers from Stanford did was to create a technique that harnesses better lithium cells. To get more scientific about it, it “allows for denser, more efficient lithium in the battery’s anode by using a nanoscopic carbon shield that keeps unstable chemicals in check.” This, according to the source, results to a longer battery life that doesn’t decay easily while still remaining to be relatively safe.

One of the people involved in the research mentions that a handset carrying these new lithium cells could have two to three times more battery life than an average phone. So if one full charge lasts you a day, expect 2-3 days of power before needing to plug in to a socket again.

As of now there’s still some work to be done before it starts shipping out, but we can start looking forward to these and finally solve the issue of being “wall-huggers” and always needing to be on the lookout for outlets.

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10 Responses to “New lithium batteries can last two to three times longer”

  1. Mon says:

    soooo… are the carbon nanotube batteries not fully developed yet? =/

    it’s good that we’re developing our current batteries, but it’ll be far more impressive if they can make carbon nanotube batteries economical and commercially available.

  2. bamboo says:

    baby steps… and heavy testing we don’t want that shit blowing up while we’re making calls.

  3. anon says:

    i’ve red this somewhere, if i remembered it correctly it’s in popsci and it says there that not only the nanotubes needs improvement but they’ll be using beach sands to make this batteries and it is not in this article. just pointing it out

  4. Hen-Sheen says:

    Back To The Future reference; we treat our Smartphones like an entertainment hub for our enjoyment… Features like the power saving mode, disables the vibrating function of the phone. Carbon Nanotube Batteries? More battery life, less toxicity!

  5. wamba says:

    nakooo ganito na naman, every year my ganitong news. meron nga papalit daw sa lithium batt pero wala pa din npproduce.

  6. benchmark says:

    well maybe soon, magkaroon na ng wearable na using our body heat to charge the phone. or like yung mga watch na you will shake it para ma-charge yung bat…

    yun lang, parang hinde pa kaya ma-produce yung power requeired to charge the bat ng mga hightech phones….maybe soon.

    Ala Matrix ang dating, gagawing battery ang mga tao to power all the devices the machine world have.

  7. Abuzalzal says:

    Nuclear battery na lang sana para sa mga gadgets ang ginawa nila para forever ‘on’. Harharhar

  8. ehh says:

    Eh? Regardless of the materials used, battery capacity will always be rated with AH. Kahit maganda pa ang materials na gagamitin, kung i-limit pa din ng manufacturers ang battery capacity (for marketing purposes), eh wala pa din magbabago. We’ve seen smartphones using high-capacity batteries, what are the things that prevent other companies to use them too?

    At dahil nagtataasan na din ang mga screen resolution, dumadaming sensors, dumadaming wireless capabilities, nagdadamihang CPU/GPU cores at nagtataasang RAM i think ma-offset din yung mga high-capacity batteries balang araw. So research ulit at balik sa cycle.

    Sa ngayon, it all boils down on software implementation kung paano ma-handle ang battery usage ng devices. Kahit napakataas ng capacity ng battery, kung hog pa din sa power ang implementation ng software, eh balewala pa din.

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