Though the phones turned smart a decade ago but the batteries couldn’t. Whose fault is it anyway? But soon we can stop fretting about the batteries running out by the time the day ends, because we are on the verge of a power revolution.
We see the kids rolling the electric skateboards and the Dads driving the electric cars. With this rise of electric vehicles, we are sure that the technology companies are all too aware of the limitations of current lithium-ion batteries. While chips and operating systems are becoming more efficient to save power we’re still only look at a day or two of use on a smartphone before having to recharge.
We’ve seen a number of battery discoveries over the years, be it at a University or Tech companies.
But when it comes to our phone batteries, no breakthrough has happened for over a decade now.
Next year is starting to shape up as the year batteries change. We’ve collected all the best battery discoveries that could be with us soon. From over the air charging to superfast 30-second re-charging, you could be seeing this tech in your gadgets sooner than you think.
Nano ‘yolk’ triple capacity and charge in six minutes
This discovery is a product of MIT research. It can charge to full in just 6 minutes, and doesnt degrade rapidly. The good news is that the production is inexpensive and scalable.
Aluminium graphite charges to full in one minute
Scientists at Stanford University have developed an aluminium graphite battery that could replenish to full in a smartphone in just a minute.
Alfa battery lasts 14 days and runs on water
A breakthrough in aluminium-air batteries means that in 2015 we will see the release of the Alfa battery that has 40 times the capacity of lithium-ion.
A team at Arizona State University have come up with a flexible battery using the ancient Japanese art of Kirigami.
Using the power of friction a device has been created that can harness electricity from a person’s skin. The result is enough power, from a finger tap on skin, to power 12 LED bulbs.
Lumopack charges an iPhone 6’s worth in 6-minutes
The Lumopack is a portable battery that’s all about fast charging. The battery can fill up n just 6 minutes with enough to charge an iPhone 6 fully.
Foldable battery is like paper but tough
The Jenax J.Flex battery has been developed to make bendable gadgets possible.
uBeam over the air charging
uBeam uses ultrasound to transmit electricity. Power is turned into these sound waves to be transmitted and then converted back to power on reaching the device
Water dew powered batteries
This one is still in the early stages but MIT scientists have found a way to harvest power from water dew.
StoreDot charges mobiles in 30 seconds
The StoreDot charger, which works with current smartphones, was developed by StoreDot, a start-up born from the nanotechnology department at Tel Aviv University.
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