One of the biggest gripes about modern cell phones may be over soon. Researchers at the University of Central Florida have found a way to use supercapacitors as high performing batteries.
While research into supercapacitor batteries isn’t new, the new research published by the university uses a new method of making the supercapacitors small enough to be commercially viable in today’s thin smartphones. Using nanowires, researchers were able to dramatically reduce the overall theoretical size of the battery.
Batteries have been lagging behind in performance compared to other types technology that is normally found in smartphones. While processor speeds, ram and storage amounts have all been increasing throughout the years, battery life has stayed roughly the same, allowing a full charge to last for only a day. This doesn’t include either that today’s lithium Ion batteries degrade significantly over time, with some losing as much as 28% of their capacity in under a year.
While there are still a few hurdles for this technology to reach the market, it is thankfully not the only breakthrough that has happened in recent months. A recent development in lithium ion technology has used holes in the batteries to effectively double the battery capacity of current lithium batteries. And, since the method of manufacturing this modified battery was commercially viable, we’ll at least see higher capacity phones by next year. In any case, we hope that research into battery technology quickens it pace alongside other smartphone technology.
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