With the increasing computing power and functionality of smartphones, one of the top complaints lodged is poor battery life. That could very well be changing. A recent game breaking technology developed by researchers at Stanford University is said to be able to increase current rechargeable battery capacity by up to 400%.
We are all familiar with the term “Lithium Ion”, which is what most of all current batteries are made of. They have three core parts: an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. The electrolyte provides the electrons (electricity), the anode discharges the electrons and the cathode which receives the electrons after they pass through the circuit. The problem today is that the electrons cannot be collected efficiently because, currently, anode’s are typically made up of graphite or silicon. However, a pure lithium anode would skyrocket performance. That is exactly what scientists believe they have accomplished. The standard for commercially viable batteries is 99.9% efficiency, which is the challenge that still lies ahead. They aren’t quite at that threshold yet but believe they are on the cusp.
If successful, we could expect cell phone batteries with double or triple the battery life, electronic cars that have the ability to travel 300 miles on a single charge without increasing the cost of the vehicles and the ability to roam longer with our laptop computers.