Amazing advancements are being made in the field of smartphones and smart devices but battery power remains limited. Samsung has managed to revolutionize the design industry with the new infinity design for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but we are still stuck with the same batteries since the last decade or so.
With so many social media sites such as Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook and people practically running businesses from a smartphone, it is important that your phone lasts throughout the day at least. Buying a power bank can prove to be somewhat helpful but choosing the right one can be tricky at times.
Anyone who owns a smartphone knows that for the first year or so the batteries performs excellently but as you enter the second or third year the backup times reduces dramatically. While this phenomenon has been known for over a decade, scientists and users were still in the dark about the reasons behind this behavior. Researchers have now discovered one of the mechanisms that are responsible for the declining battery capacity over the years.
A new study reports that its the flow of the lithium ions from one point to another that powers the battery but as time passes some cells manage to break free resulting in a lesser power backup.
We’ve been listening about amazing developments which will result in a better battery backup or faster charging times; listed below are some of the most promising developments.
Lithium Air Battery
Air means the batteries will use oxygen as the oxidizer instead of other materials. This battery will be five times less pricey, five times lighter and provide a backup that will last five times longer. It is still in the development stages and is not likely to see a release for at least another 5 years.
Bioo Plant Charger
The Bioo plant charger is a plant pot that uses energy generated by photosynthesis and converts it into power. This device is already available in the market and can be bought right now. The charger can provide up to 3 full smartphone charges a day. This is just the beginning, imagine a whole forest which could provide electricity to a city!
Gold Nanowire Batteries
These nano-batteries don’t see any degradation even after 200,000 cycles which are massive considering the regular batteries of today are only good for 300-500 cycles. This could mean you will never have to change your phone’s battery again! The nano-wires used inside the battery are a thousand times thinner than a human hair but are prone to damage very easily. To eliminate this factor, researchers have now opted for gold wires.
Solid State Batteries
The team behind the discovery of solid state batteries claims that the newly discovered batteries have three times more capacity and can charge at a faster rate. The newly discovered battery will not only besafe but also eco-friendly because of the glass components replacing the metal ones. The battery will be capable of being fully charged and ran down for over 1200 cycles.
Graphine batteries, released by a company named Graphenano, can provide a backup to a car for up to 500 miles on a single charge. The company says the batteries can charge in a few minutes, 33 times faster than Lithium-ion battery and has a capability to power bikes, cars, and drones.
Prieto Foam Battery
The future of batteries may well be 3D as a company Prieto has unveiled its latest battery in which it uses copper foam substrate. The battery does not use any flammable component and will support fast charge, has a long life and will be cheaper than most batteries available today.
Alcatel has introduced a battery charged by a solar panel that is pasted as a transparent solar panel on the phone. The battery might not be available in the upcoming phones but when it does it will be available to charge from direct sunlight and standard lights just like solar panels