If I was to tell you there is a battery that would last longer than your mobile phone, you would be thinking I had just come down in the last shower. It’s that horrible feeling that you’re looking for a charger for your phone because your mobile phone is around 20 months old and the battery is beginning to fade. If only someone had designed a mobile phone battery that can last a lot longer.
Well maybe they have, scientists have stumbled across a battery that has been proven to outlast the mobile phone or other mobile device and they have done so purely by accident.
It was at the University of California in Irvine where a battery that can handle 200,000 charging cycles was discovered – that’s 400 times longer than your lithium battery in your phone right now. Now, although the mechanisms of the longer-lasting battery are not fully understood just yet, this is just the first corner of a revolution in longer-lasting batteries for our devices and a dream come true for those who hate having to charge up every single night.
It’s no secret that batteries are a stumbling block to our improved technological future. Technology has come a long way since the clumsy computers of the nineties and the introduction of the so-called “brick” during the same decade. The brick was a mobile phone which looked more like a walkie-talkie and we sniggered at the yuppies who strolled around the town centre talking into these huge phones complete with massive aerials.
And so was the smartwatch a few years later, but all these devices have an Achilles heel, they all consume a lot of power. There are so many apps running on a standard device these days that batteries are struggling to charge up enough to make the devices fit for purpose.
It seems that technology is leaping forward at some rapid pace but the lithium heart that tries to store its power is leaving this technology struggling. The problem is nothing new – scientists have been trying to improve battery power for decades.
Whether you have an electric car, a smartphone, a tablet or anything else that is powered by a battery, you will be frustrated by the time it takes to charge up, the length of time it stays powered up and the number of times you have to keep putting the device on charge.
The estimated life of a Lithium-Ion battery is about two to three years or 300 to 500 charge cycles
The frustration is amplified when mobile phone designers add more and more powerful apps and energy-sucking bits and bobs to your device so it drops down to 0 percent faster than you can say my smartphone is dead. Back in 2001, most of us we’re not charging up our batteries every night. But 2016 is a whole lot different, let’s hope this idea pans out.