This post will discuss the future of batteries of Mobile Phone / smart gadgets that will come with long life with a capability to charge full in seconds. After all, Who does not need a better battery for their Mobile / Smart Phones and Gadgets.
Mobile / Smart Phones and Gadgets have touched our life like no other thing. It can do almost everything and we are heavily dependent on it to be informed and connected. The most important part from user’s point of view is that it should remain energized, and so comes the importance of battery in our phones and gadgets.
Let it be any make or model, we need to recharge our phone daily. Your smart phone or gadget can only be as powerful as its battery which keeps it alive. That’s the main constraint. Everyone of us needs a battery that can give power to our Mobile / Smart Phones and Gadgets for two – three weeks.
All Phone manufacturers are investing heavily to invent such a battery technology which can stay long. These new advancements are certainly bound to pave the way for more capacity and fast charging batteries.
But the point is how soon it is coming for application to our use. Sony first commercialized the standard rechargeable lithium Ion battery in 1991. Since then, the smart phone and gadget technologies have changed a lot. They have gradually decreased in size but immensely increased in performance metrics.
However, in case of Battery, the technology has not improved on that pace. And without an equivalent battery source, even the most innovative and feature packed gadget meets with criticism. The best example for this is Apple watch.
If we see the technology graph of last twenty years, the computing speed has increased almost every 1.5 years. You will be amazed to know that now our Smartphones possess much more computing power than our earlier space-capsules which were launched to moon in the preceding century.
Sadly, the battery technologies have only improved marginally every year. This clearly indicates that we have given more focus on improving the computing technology but not the batteries which powers the computing technology.
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Future Technologies of Batteries of Smart Phone and Gadgets
The future of battery technology certainly looks bright as we now have understood its importance. We can only go ahead if we improve both the technologies in parallel. A lot of new ideas are on the line of making it practical. We can soon see batteries that have longer life , higher capacity and boost charging facility. Here are some key innovations that promise to be a path changer.
Fuji Pigment has recently unveiled a new type of Aluminium-Air battery that has the capacity to last long as much as 14 days. Fuji Pigment says that it has nearly forty times the theoretical capacity of lithium-ion battery.
And the most interesting part is that it can be charged by refilling it with water. The best will be Salt water, however if not available, the tap water can also be used. Yes, you heard it right.
Fuji pigment further says that the materials that are used for its construction are safe and abundant. And so they will be very inexpensive for mass production. Fuji Pigment is presently working on commercialization of this technology for electric cars first. They have aimed to present the prototypes for electric cars within a year.
If everything goes right and the Aluminium-Air batteries meet the standards, then our smartphones and gadgets will be the next on priority list.
Ultra Boost Charging
Have you ever fell into this situation that you need to move out but stuck waiting for your phone to charge? Very soon you will find your solution. An Israel based company ‘StoreDot’ has invented a boost charging technology which is ultra fast and has the capacity to charge your Smart Phone and Gadget’s battery from 0% to 100% within 60 seconds.
It has been constructed using chemically synthesized organic molecules. This ultra fast charging has another benefit that it increases the life of Battery. A normal Lithium-Ion battery can hardly survive upto 500-600 chaging cycles. That’s why they normally lose life within 2-3 years from operation. On the contrary, these StoreDot batteries can endure thousand of charging cycles and survive for many years.
No one will argue with this fact that the Solar energy has all the potentials to become a major power source in future. It is Eco friendly and safe too. A Japan based firm ‘Kyocera’ in collaboration with a France based firm ‘Sun Partner Technologies’ has invented a prototype of mobile phone that has ultra thin layer of solar crystal panel patched within the touch screen.
While the phone is in use or not, it uses sunlight (and even artificial light when you are in house) to generate electrical energy which keeps recharging the phone battery. This solar panel has the capability to charge your device with 100 minutes standby time within 10 minutes.
Though this technology is only designed to be an alternate mode of charging, it can remarkably increase your phone’s operational time.
This technology looks up for a world free of charging cables. Whenever your device is within the wireless transmitter’s reach, it will get the power through transmission.
Now a days many smart phone or gadget manufacturers are facilitating their users with wireless charging. To know more about wireless charging, check the following posts: –
Ratna is a B.E (Computer Science) and has work experience in UK Mainframe IT industry. She is also an active Web Designer. She is an author, editor and core partner at Electricalfundablog.