Breakthrough Batteries Last 20 Years, Charge 70 Percent In Two Minutes

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 1 Comment

Brad Chacos | Pcworld

Baterry long lifeOver the years, consumer electronics have improved in almost every way, becoming thinner, lighter, and more pixel-packed, all while increasing exponentially in performance. But beating at the heart of many mobile devices and even electric cars is a technology that hasn’t kept up with the rapid pace of innovation: batteries. Specifically, lithium-ion batteries.

Battery tech is a limiting factor in the design of many of today’s technologies.Researchers at Nanyang Technology University say they’ve discovered a way to build a better battery, however—a battery that charges in mere minutes and lasts an amazing 20 years.

Why this matters: These batteries could revolutionize the electric car industry. Beyond that, if these batteries begin trickling into mass production, they could also kill two of the biggest irritants in today’s mobile electronics: Long charging times and forced obsolescence.

The benefits of fast charging need no explanation, but many of today’s smartphones and tablets won’t let you remove their batteries, essentially forcing you to buy a new device when the lithium-ion battery inside starts to fade after 500 or so charges. A battery that lasts 20 years could dramatically change how long people hang on to their smartphones, especially with the mobile industry’s recent trend of decoupling hardware fees from services subscriptions. Together, the combo could further reduce the two-year upgrade cycle so common in the mobile industry.

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  1.' marlene says:

    Won’t be sold here in America without some kind of inbred absolence. Battery makers make more money selling us an inferior product than they would selling us a product that works longer. Of course, there could still be maybe one company who will gp through the process of making just enough changes to warrant a patent protection. Then, we can expect an exhorbitant price tag. Too much greed – no room for fairness.

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