As phones get more powerful with larger screens and 4G LTE connectivity, we need better batteries to power them. A team of researchers at Washington State University may have solved the problem with new Super Lithium-Ion Battery technology.
According to UberGizmo, the new battery technology is capable of storing more power than the current Lithium-Ion batteries. Super Lithium-Ion batteries can hold about three times the capacity of a current Lithium-Ion. The new batteries will also be able to fully charge more times than current batteries without losing much charge, and the recharge time will be faster.
The research team already filed patents for the nanoscale-based battery technology. The batteries could hit the market within a year.
If manufacturers decide to take up the technology, and it works, it might mean we can have phones with the battery capacity of the Droid RAZR MAXX with the form factor of the Droid RAZR. It would also mean HTC won’t have to compromise battery capacity to make thin phones any more.
There is a chance, however, that manufacturers will take the technology to make even thinner phones, which is a depressing thought. Phones like the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Droid RAZR are already thin enough, we don’t need to go thinner.
If manufacturers do use Super Lithium-Ion Batteries and don’t use them to make thinner phones, it could mean the end of external batteries like the Mophie Juice Pack. Or it could just mean that external batteries last three times as long. If the manufacturers don’t use Super Lithium-Ion batteries, we hope Mophie and companies like it will use the technology in new external batteries.
We’ll take our extended battery life anywhere we can find it.