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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

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P3IMOYGW6F5M4AM6QJTU4NV5N4 perry v

    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.