Lithium, the element that is often used as a medication to battle bi-polar disorder and to power most laptop and phone batteries, is not the most ubiquitous element on the planet. Hence the price of our batteries. Japanese researchers, though, may have discovered a way to use sugar to power batteries.
Here's an absolutely brilliant idea from Apple: imagine if you had a bunch of different gadgets, and imagine if they could all somehow be powered by batteries that were rechargeable and all interchangeable with one another. How awesome would that be? Super awesome! If only we'd thought of it a long time ago.
Berlin, Germany — If Tom Hanks really had crashed on that deserted island, the odds are really good that many of those FedEx boxes would have contained some gadgets. But those found gadgets would have been as useless as Wilson without this handy Eton Boost Turbine Charger.
There are two necessary evils that we despise about gadgets: the need for batteries, and the need for cables. LG Chem has now come up with a way to combine both cables and batteries into one thing (a "batterble," if you will) that's a full 50% less evil. It's not quite good, but it's way better than what we've got now.
Ah yes, another amazing battery technology guaranteed to make everything from electric cars to cell phones charge instantly. This one comes from boffins in South Korea, who have added carbon networks to lithium-ion batteries to make them charge anywhere from 30x to 120x faster.
External battery packs are great, except they're hindered only by how much capacity they come with. Exogear's Exovolt Plus is different — it's stackable — meaning you can pile on as many together and create a battery powerful enough to recharge even the biggest power guzzling gadgets.
Researchers at Rice University in Houston have developed a technique to deconstruct each element of the traditional battery into a liquid, which can then be literally spray-painted in layers into any shape, and onto any surface.
With a few exceptions, most of the battery technology that we write about isn't exactly close to making your gadgets better in the near term. This battery technology is, and it could triple battery capacity within a year.
Carbon nanotubes have promised some incredible advances in power efficiency, but one of the most promising (and most realistic) is boosting the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by a factor of two in the near term, and eventually by five. Suddenly, your electronics that last all day will be lasting all week instead.
If you were given the Jeopardy! category "things that breathe," chances are your answer might be, "What are living creatures?" Chances are also high that your answer would not be, "What is a battery?" You'd now be wrong.