Are Lithium Batteries In The Past?


Most current mobile devices run on lithium-ion batteries – a technology that has basically stagnated in the past several years. However, where batteries have lagged out in their progress, other micro-technologies have progressed a lot. This is the reason behind the laughable battery life most of our devices have. 10 hours of heavy use is actually considered excellent. This means that you must pretty much charge your phone every night so you can be sure it won’t die the next day when you’re googlign the exact mass of the Sun. Current batteries are clunky, too. Did you know that there are actually options to get a battery with a much higher energy density (which means that the battery will have a bigger charge and therefore last longer)? But these batteries are so huge that even though can you last you for several days without charging, it would feel like you’re walking around with a brick. There doesn’t seem to be any progress on the horizon. Lithium batteries were the past, the present and the future. Or at least that used to be the case.

Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have found a new way to make batteries much better. How much better? About 2000 times more powerful, with the ability to charge up to 1000 faster. This may sound far-fetched, but this revolutionary technology will change the way we think about batteries forever.

The New Technology

Pioneered by the researchers in Illinois, the new technology will involve 3-dimensional porous electrodes instead of the standard 2-dimensional solid electrodes. This will create a much bigger surface area in the same volume, in essence making the batteries much more powerful and in the same time much smaller by enabling more chemical reactions to happen in the granted space.

This is a revolutionary new take on the matter and essentially applies the principle “do more with less”. A further proof that sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. The new technology will put an end to limitations and trade-offs by simply making the batteries smaller, better and faster recharge-able. Until now, you either had to get a large clunky battery with a good charge, or a slim one but with a terrible charge. All this will change in the future. Of course, I’m talking about the consumer view-point. I’m not even going to touch on subjects like engineering and transportation where this will also be a major improvement.

The Changes

This changes everything. The way we view batteries will be much more different once the technology is implemented. Imagine having a smartphone or a laptop with a battery that can power up its massive computational properties and in the same time being able to sustain a charge over more than two weeks. This is simply brilliant. The batteries will be smaller and lighter, which means your device will lighter, in turn. There will no longer be any need in wandering about trying to a place where you can charge your phone or your laptop because you need to get something done.

It’s not going to be unimaginable for mobile device to become much more powerful once the power barrier falls, because let’s not forget that today manufacturers still have to make devices powerful enough to be competitive, yet energy-efficient enough not to burn through your entire battery charge in just a few minutes. Gaming laptops will finally be able to run on batteries for more than an hour. Tablet and smartphones will become much more powerful and will pack much more computational potential. It will be a truly bright future. I can’t wait for the technology to be implemented.

Author Bio: Rose is a passionate blogger and writer. She has many years of experience with batteries. Currently she works as a manager of ShinyLondon and she loves her job.

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