Innovation in battery technologies is a mixed bag. While we’ve seen some amazing discoveries, they rarely make it to the market. Result being, manufacturers are still stuck in a limbo.
Currently, the batteries on most mobile devices are good enough for 500 charge cycles.
Meaning, they become pretty much useless after one or two years of sustained usage, as their ability to hold charge decreases over time. However, a new charging system has been invented in Singapore that promises a bright future for these lithium-ion batteries.
Scientists over at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed a new type of lithium ion battery that not only charges up to 70% in just a couple of minutes, but more importantly, is expected to last for up to 20 years.
This efficient system was developed by substituting graphite with titanium dioxide nanotubes.
Doing this not only speeds up the chemical reactions of these batteries, but also allows for up to 10,000 charge cycles instead of the current limit.
And better yet, the process of making titanium tubes is rather inexpensive, according to the scientists, giving hope that we might soon see them implemented in mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and even laptops and ultrabooks.
Now only if someone can develop a battery that lasts a month on single charge.
Stuff that dreams are made of.