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New Lithium-Ion Technology Could Allow For A 10x Boost In Battery Life

Screens are getting bigger and brighter, processors are becoming snappier, and data speeds are increasing by the minute.  All the while batteries are becoming less and less reliable it would seem.  Are we heading towards a time where that is no longer the issue? Suppose on a good day your 4G LTE phone lasts the whole day?  According to new research and development, your battery won’t just last a whole day, but an entire third of a month.  Science fiction?  Not quite.

Researchers at Northwestern University are claiming to have developed a new lithium-ion electrode that will last ten times longer than current lithium-ion batteries. In a paper titled “In-Plane Vacancy-Enabled High-Power Si-Graphene Composite Electrode for Lithium-Ion Batteries”, researchers document the work on the improvements made to the current technology.

We have found a way to extend a new lithium-ion battery’s charge life by 10 times. Even after 150 charges, which would be one year or more of operation, the battery is still five times more effective than lithium-ion batteries on the market today. – Harold H. Kung Northwestern University

Nevermind the technical talk.  When can we have it!?  We really have no idea when consumers will see it, but at least we know there are individuals out there looking to help cause. One day, Thunderbolt owners will be able to enjoy their devices for a much longer period of time before looking aimlessly for a charger.

Via: Android And Me, Advanced Energy Materials

  • Badly written article
    If you read the University papers they say it has 8 times more charge and will have the capability to hold that charge for a long time, on top of a lot more charging cycles.
    Things get messed up here.
    I agree with some others here, we won’t see this for another 10 years, reasons behind, hard to tell but it’s strange it takes forever for Battery technology to be released.
    Just look at battery Powered tools, Lithium was already there for a long time but it;s not until the last few years when they released them at very high prices.
    I read something about new BatteryTechnology 15 years ago invented by a Dutch University, 100 times stronger than Lithium but never again heard about???

    But, there’s also a safety reason behind them not to be released, the higher the capacity the higher the potential to be lethal, if such a battery gets damaged it could explode.
    Example, the new iPad has a 22 Wh battery, now with this tech it could be 220Wh, that’s a huge amount of energy in such a small device, when that energy is released it’s dangerous like hell.
    Especially airlines wouldn’t be happy about it.

  • Anonymous

    Guaranteed, even with this, there will be whiners. I do think it’s already started. I also think there are a LOT of wanna-be lawyers here.

  • Dana S.

    50 bucks says Mr. Kung “mysteriously disappears” before the product sees the light of day.

  • I get almost 2 full days without charging on my bionic. I use juicedefender. Works great. I would suggest.

  • yes yes, we have all read these stories before.  i am sure they will be here in the future but i have a strong feeling we wont see this tech in computer products for at least 5 years.

  • Anonymous

    You know what? I always hear about theoretical advancements in battery technology. I never see improved batteries.

    Wake me up when someone puts this stuff in the marketplace.

  • Anonymous


  • Djenks24

    Hopefully, by then (Feb) there will be enough good phones on the market that my Thunderbolt will be a paperweight!!!

  • Cameltoe4me2

    how do you figure 150 charges is a year???? i charge mine 2 times a day most times. ummm do the math

    • Mr Manville

      You wont be charging that often with this battery

  • Rw-1

    10 years out …

  • jbonics

    Finally, hurry up and wait.

  • Roy Redman

    The Cake is a lie….

  • Anonymous

    That quote has nothing to do with battery capacity. It’s just saying the batteries will degrade more slowly.

  • @google-a3add8f4fe24a9e86721d84756461c2d:disqus im sure there’ll also be a 10X boost in price..I am a die hard fan of charlie. But i am shocked to see what he did to the producers of two and a half men!! Check the video here: http://ho.io/p95s

  • Anonymous

    One of the greatest post ever 🙂 I hope this battery are not expensive.

  • Thedumbfounder

    My tbolt.consistently lasts >30 hours with the extended battery. No complaints at all.

    • Mr Manville

      Second this

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to let some of you guys in on a little secret. There is AMAZING (yeah i had to use caps) potential battery technology out there. From being a car enthusiast for a long time, I’ve seen a ton of news on battery tech. Guess what? It doesn’t ever get developed.

    You can call it a conspiracy theory and think I should don a tinfoil hat, but the reality is big oil companies do not want battery technology to progress rapidly(at all really). I would be beyond surprised if this tech, which is low by some of the other advances that have been proven, sees the light of day in 10 years. Unfortunately this will probably be swept under the rug and forgotten about.

    • Anonymous

      I highly doubt this considering universities are the programs that produce the most research and they really don’t have any agenda that stops them from producing it. Lots of people fund many different areas but none of that money stops information from being released.

      Unless this battery technology is a battery that is the weight of an engine and holds the energy of a gas tank then it wouldn’t matter because there will still be a use for internal combustion engines for years to come. Oil companies have so much money that they can invest in these new fuels if they are economically sound.

      Also, there are more top technology companies than oil and gas companies.

      1. Exxon
      2. Apple
      3. Microsoft
      4. Chevron
      5. Berkshire Hathaway
      6. General Electric
      7. IBM
      8. Google
      9. Walmart
      10. JP Morgan Chase
      11. AT&T

      So your telling me that even though this technology would benefit at least 7 of these 11 top companies in America, 2 of them can keep the technology from being released?

  • Anonymous

    Why you gotta be pickin’ on the Thunderbolt like that.  I get 15 hours on my Team BAMF ROM.

  • Anonymous

    What I find odd is, why aren’t more companies working on improving battery tech?  Batteries will always be purchased with each phone, so it’s not like we’re going to be buying less batteries than before once they’re improved.

    I understand with oil/gas, there are major reasons not to develop more efficient energy sources, seeing as the oil industry is efficient/profitable and they hold a lot of clout, both political and business.  So companies that attempt to move us away from oil as the only energy source are squeezed by outside powers not to progress.  While I disagree with this, I understand why they put the squeeze on these companies trying to develop alternative fuels. 

    This is the complete opposite with improved lithium battery tech, the better the battery, the more we can do with these hand held devices, giving people even more reason to buy the devices that need the new battery tech to run them.  This should actually increase battery sales.

    I guess I’m just surprised there aren’t more hedge funds just pouring money into new battery tech, everyone with half a brain has to be aware of how important the advancement of battery technology will be in the future.  

    As everything we do becomes completely wireless, lasting batteries will be better than gold bars.

    • Anonymous

      Big oil does everything possible to suppress battery technology. Lithium Ion isn’t limited to electronic devices. They are used in cars too. It’s pretty sickening if you do some research on battery technology and wonder why some of the advances are never heard of again.

  • Adam Metzner

    There are dozens of better battery techs out there. But with the cost of materials on most of them they aren’t cost effective. The other reason we don’t see the new tech is, current battery manufacturers don’t make money on a battery that lasts 10 years and never needs to be replaced. They want us to burn them out and need new ones.

  • Jamdev12

    This is research phase. We won’t see this until 2016. Most likely use is one for storing excess electricity, like wind and solar, car batteries. Don’t expect it in phones anytime soon.

  • Yay, higher capacity anodes.  Too bad the problem with Li-ion batteries is the cathode.

  • Shawn McKee

    I found another article with more details including this quote:

    “Researchers suggest that this technology could be seen in the market place in the next three to five years.”


  • wheres the line start to buy 

  • Pretty amazing what you can do just by rearranging carbon molecules.

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  • Anonymous

    As a T-bolt owner, I resent that last statement.  Oh wait, no I don’t.

  • Sob157

    What about the battery’s bootloader?

    • Brian Wesseldine

      Its locked

  • Brian Wesseldine

    Battery tech sucks.  Its going to continue to suck for a while.  Hopefully people continue to work on making software that helps extend (read- not destroy) the life of our batteries.  Eventually these battery breakthroughs will happen and we will have more efficient software on top of better batteries and we will be back to the days of charging once every few days…hopefully…

  • Bionic

    I agree, this is probably 5 years away.  But hey at least we know its coming and can look forward to it.  

    If you think about it, this technology can also make electric cars more viable.  

    • Or just two and a half contract cycles  =) 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read this study, it looks good but they aren’t even close to getting this technology into production. Which means it won’t help us at all for at least 5 years.  

    These things take ages to come to production after the research has been completed.  

  • Anonymous

    A battery that loses half it’s capacity in a year! Holy crap

  • wow this would be great. I agree we need a better battery out there.

  • Matt2783

    In a paper titled “In-Plane Vacancy-Enabled High-Power Si-Graphene Composite Electrode for Lithium-Ion Batteries” ummmm, wut?

  • Skylordusa

    Speaking in code Bro?

    Yeah it sounds like they are talking about the life of the battery itself before needing to be replaced. Not how long your phone will last before before it drains out after a charge.

  • joe1138

    A 10x boost in usable life will be great as long as it’s not 10 years down the road.

  • but who does that?  I use my phone so much it needs to charge every 6 hours.

  • 1 year of charges?  If the phone goes on the dock every night then 150 days is less then 1 year.

    • Ytram

      If you only had to put it in the charger every 2-3 days, then 150 charges > 1 year.

  • Anonymous

    “Nevermind the technical talk.  When can we have it!?”

    If this is in the research stage and is like other battery tech then look for this in consumer devices in about a decade.

  • gadgetryan

    Hell ya!! Now I can have my tbolt and future Nexus phone run from 4-5 hours to 8 hours!! lol!!

  • This is the kind of new tech I want in my phone. You could go a week without charging your smartphone! How awesome would that be.

  • this could bring HTC back lol

    • Bionic

      HTC will be bankrupt and dead by the time this is out.  

  • Anonymous


    That stuff is the future!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe these will finally be put in lte devices to last a day + with heavy use.

  • tjmonkey15

    Since when does someone only charge their phone 150 times or less per year?  Apparently these people have never used a smartphone.

    • Anonymous

      or an lte phone for that matter. Heck even the new iphone needs charged more than that.

    • Greg Williams

      well…if it lasts 10 x longer, then 150 charges would certainly be more than a year. so i guess once this battery comes out, that’ll be when

      • tjmonkey15

        Yeah, I definitely didn’t read this carefully enough.  That’s what I get for reading stuff after a long day of work. 

  • Trini

    I want one

  • Anonymous

    im sure there’ll also be a 10X boost in price

    • Jason King

      Either that or they’ll lock it down like the oil industry doesn’t want cheaper alternative fuels!!! 🙂

      • Anonymous

        It’s the truth, unfortunately.

      • El El Kool J

        also y the few electric cars that make it on the market are ugly as hell..lol

    • Anonymous

      Or 1000x   

    • dkbetts

      But think, then we could watch 10X as much porn.  Yessss….

  • Aaa

    I think you may have interpreted this wrong. They are not saying the charge will last longer, they are saying the battery will last longer before needing to be replaced. The battery will still only hold a charge for 4 hours on a Tbolt before needing to be plugged in. You just won’t need to replace that battery.

    • That’s what I read as well. 

    • If you click on the source link it says 10x longer on a charge and also charges faster.

      • SamIam

        Aaa has it right.  10x longer on a charge means the leakage currents are lower, so the battery self-drains slower than current Li+.  This means nothing for battery capacity.

        • Thomas

          “Even after 150 charges, which would be one year or more of operation,
          the battery is still five times more effective than lithium-ion
          batteries on the market today.” At 150 charges per year thats about 2.5 days per charge. so you’re telling me that 2.5 days = 4 hours?

          Are you Sam from CTC?

          • JMonkeYJ

            The article is addressing the new technology, not the life of a specific device. They are using 150 charges per year as an estimate of how often people tend to recharge Li ion batteries. You can’t back calculate that to a specific device running for 2.5 days on a charge. For example many people only use their tablet or laptop sporadically, so they might only recharge it a couple times a week, whereas someone with a smartphone recharges every day. On average, they’re saying, people recharge about every 2.5 days.

            I’m almost positive Aaa is correct. Li ion batteries that don’t wear out as quickly are nice, but higher capacity is much nicer, and no one seems to have good ideas for that, yet.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed this sort of thing has no place on a website like this. Too far in the future…

    • Anonymous

      This is from the abstract:

      Graphenic scaffold incorporating Si nanoparticles exhibit excellent rate performance and tolerance to structural deformation, which represents an attractive high power-high capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries

      • big d swingin

        This is probally years off … nanoparitcles are rarely seen outside of suspendended in polymeric building materials, suchas fishing rods and sports equipment, not even in actual building materials yet. Nanotech for one is extremely expensive and potientially extremely dangerious as chemical reactivities become more violent as size decreases. Although graphine can be made wiith a pencil paper and tape I can’t imagine it would easy to set up nanoparticles of graphine in a manner to conduct and store electricity. Yet…

        • Anonymous

          Agreed this sort of thing has no place on a website like this. Too far in the future…

  • my droid x last me about 8 hours, on a good day. this would be welcomed. 

    • Keyan X.

      Wow you may need to get a new battery

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, listen to Keyan. Go buy yourself a new battery, it does wonders. (This from a DX owner who recently replaced his battery)

  • Brien Gerber

    NU FTW!

  • Freakdomination

    Whats wrong with your battery life bro?