Battery life is an ever restricting problem for mobile phone users – often resulting in consumers constantly keeping an eye out for spare plug sockets at home or at the office.
However, SolidEnergy is hoping to help ease our battery woes by doubling the standard lifespan of each recharge by 2016 with some interesting technology.
SolidEnergy’s plan is to double the amount of power stored in each regular sized smartphone battery. This also means that a battery with today’s power supply could be half the size as well, depending on how you implement the tech.
It works by getting rid of the thicker graphite anode material and replacing it with a thinner lithium copper foil.
This has been tested previously, with problems occurring with the degradation of previous efforts, often causing short-circuits. However, SolidEnergy has seemingly solved this problem by introducing a layer of solid electrolyte to the foil.
This results in a battery which is much smaller than current efforts as well as being more powerful, possibly being ready for the market by next year.
Whilst everything is looking promising for now, there are a few minor niggles that will need sorting out ahead of a full launch.
The main issue surrounds the recharge cycles for the battery itself – which currently sits at around 100 before the tech drops to an 80% capacity rate. This means that your battery will be offering just 80% of the power it did when it was brand new after just 100 full recharges.
Whilst this does sound like a damning detail, SolidEnergy is committing to up this number to 300 before release, which should make it more than suitable for a two-year life span.
Other problems may still be hiding in the shadows – but for now it seems like SolidEnergy might be onto something.
Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson is also working on a similar battery life boost through a different method – something which was originally designed for cordless vacuums, but could be used on smartphones as well.
This also opens up the opportunity for battery life competition, even if many smartphones are now opting for non-removable efforts in more recent efforts.
SolidEnergy is planning on having its battery technology ready for worldwide implementation by 2016, meaning that the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC One M10 could be finding much improved batteries.
Whether this new technology ends up costing us more is still debatable. Whilst a small increase in price might not bother too many consumers, a larger jump could price many out of the already costly flagship market.
Either way, we’re sure that a small bump wouldn’t be frowned upon too much considering the overall boost in performance we’d be receiving from the technology.
Written by Luke Hatfield