In the recent past, a number of learning institutions have been doing extensive research on how they can improve the time a battery can retain charge. They have invested quite a lot of resources on unveiling better battery charging and manufacturing technology. Some of the recent developments in this industry include the following:
Ultra-rapid chargers; in most cases, quite a number of smartphone’s battery can retain charger for a period of 5 hours while it is being used in 2G network and up to 6 hours while the device is being used in a 3G network. On the other hand, the standby time can be between 470 hours and 545 hours. This may be too short a time for a heavy user and thus, getting some of the most efficacious charging methods could be a viable option.
Manufacturers are working on an ultra-rapid chargers which have been branded as “clever” and “spontaneous” charging mechanisms. With this technology, a smartphone’s battery can charge from 0% charge to its full capacity in less than an hour.
A number of people were shocked when an Israeli start-up StoreDot unveiled a device which charged Samsung S4 smartphone from 0% charge to its full capacity within 26 seconds. At the moment, this technology is only available in prototype and it could be incorporated fully in the smartphone manufacturing industry by 2017. Of course, this will automatically make the standby time irrelevant. This charging mechanism will also reduce the environmental impacts of battery by prolonging their life span.
Massive battery pack; there are quite a number of battery pack which have been developed in the recent past. A good example is the 5,000 mAh battery pack which has the ability to charge an iPhone’s battery about two times. Another common example is the 290 watt-hour battery pack. This battery pack can charge an iPhone about 50 times before it runs out of charge. It can also recharge MacBook Air about five times. There is a high probability that even more sophisticated and efficacious products will be developed in the future.
Super-capacitors; this is yet another technology which is likely to transform this industry. Super-capacitors fit in between rechargeable cells and regular battery. These devices can charge quickly, are rugged and they can experience tens of thousands of charge cycles before giving up.