While smartphones are becoming more advanced, they are still limited by power. The battery has not had a key change in decades. However, we are on the verge of power revolution.Big tech companies are making electric cars are aware of the limitations of the lithium-ion companies.
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Smartphone companies are aiming to bring better batteries to the market as soon as 2017. Some of them have promised double the energy capacity the traditional lithium ion battery offers. Here are some trends regarding the battery revolution that we expect to see come 2017.
End of lithium-ion batteries
We all know that the batteries we currently use are lithium-ion and the only way to increase the capacity is increasing their size. In theory, the larger the device, the more possible it is to use a larger battery capacity. However, with an equally larger screen, the power consumption increases so the advantages are not noticeable.The University of Central Florida has discovered what can revolutionize the electronic equipment field that could store much more energy than the lithium-ion battery. The discovery was a supercapacitor which has the ability to store more energy than a regular smartphone battery. The researchers claimed that not only is it possible to charge your phone in a few seconds, but also provide enough power for it to last for a week.
Faster charging and better capacity
The tech behind faster charging and double the capacity is yet to be fully tested and be accessible to the smartphone manufacturing firms. The technology that is anticipated to boost the charging rate and capacity is the graphene which is, in theory, very thin and heats slowly. Furthermore, Graphene is highly conductive and helps the electric current move more easily and that means that the recharging time is faster.
Gold nanowire batteries
The University of California Irvine has discovered nanowire batteries which can withstand plenty of charging. Nanowires, which are a hundred times thinner than a hair, pose an incredible possibility for the future batteries. However, they often break when recharging. This discovery uses gold nanowires to avoid that. The Gold nanowires are ideal for future smartphones that will never need new batteries.
The problem with adopting a new battery tech is mass adoption and cost. The initial investment costs are very high. However, once a manufacturer like Samsung decides to adopt a new battery system, the increase in the production volume will at last lower the manufacturing costs.