So, have you ever gnashed your teeth running out of power on your cell phone and having to wait a long while to recharge it? It's the sort of thing you just have to accept, because...well, that's life. One of the problems with making advances in battery technology has to do with the basic realities of things like physics.
Remarkably, though, that might change.
Scientists at the University of Illinois have made encouraging advances. They’ve developed a teensy, lithium ion, micro-battery, just millimeters in thickness that can not only charge a car battery, but can itself be recharged in less than one second! (It has to do with redesigning the cathode and anode poles on a battery.) The battery is able to recharge at 1,000 times faster than what can be done now. Hold on for the time being, though – because of its size it’s not available yet for being incorporated into devices for public consumption. But obviously that’s something they’re working on.
For more, here's an article on CNET.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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