Researchers at Stanford University have developed a battery which has the potential to change our smartphones and tablets forever.
The latest aluminium based battery is promising recharge times of just one minute, which is obviously a huge improvement over current industry standards.
The Aluminium based kit is by far one of the most exciting developments to be revealed for our smartphone batteries in quite a while – promising to put an end to the death of our phones during times of need. Recently the release of the Galaxy S6 saw Samsung bring battery charing times right down and claiming a recharge of 10 minutes will give you upto 4 hours of use.
What’s also very exciting is the fact that the battery is also based through a liquid construction, making it flexible enough to bend and contort to survive within any chassis.
Currently, the main problem with building flexible batteries are in the area of safety, with lithium-ion efforts prone to catching fire if put under duress. But this isn’t the case with these latest efforts, which are much less likely to give you first degree burns whilst they’re in your pocket.
Apparently, this has even been proven in the most extreme circumstances – so even if you decide to drill through your phone, it won’t explode and cause numerous A&E worthy injuries.
Plus, there’s plenty of good news going around with the price of the technology as well – with aluminium being a low-cost material to use. This doesn’t necessarily guarantee cheaper phones, but it does ensure that manufacturers will have a hard time upping their price tag with the feature included.
The only reason we aren’t jumping for joy about the development of this brand new battery is because it won’t be hitting our phones just yet.
The reason for this is because of the low voltage that is currently being showcased by the battery itself, which makes it impractical for our mobile phones at the moment.
Lithium-ion batteries currently provide double the voltage of the new found effort, meaning that researchers will have to go back to the drawing board to try and match it.
This will take time of course, meaning it will be quite a while before this new technology actually makes the cut in our smartphones.
There’s no current release date for the battery as of yet, and it could be a good few years until it actually takes to the market, so we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath just yet.
Written by Luke Hatfield