Juice Getting Over – Future of Battery Technologies

It’s a world full of new emerging technologies, world full of innovations. Android became a phenomenon instantly as it was launched. New technologies evolved with Android too. Could you imagine Dual Core Processor in mobile phone? Whopping 1 GB RAM? Pretty decent isn’t it? And as the time passed many things have evolved and upgraded like Multi-Touch, AMOLED screen, Bluetooth, Gorilla Glass, WIFI, NFC and obviously the operating system Android. But don’t you think a most important thing is being neglected? We still are using the same Li-Ion Battery since a decade. No upgrades in battery technology? All the new technologies evolving consume lots of battery. 3G and 4G connection is useless if battery lasts only 4-5 hours. We have been downloading lots of applications or applying tweaks to save the battery. But nothing seems to be working out. Well there have been lots of development going on and we bring you this series to throw spotlight on better battery being made.

Current Technology:- Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries have become the most common form of rechargeable power source found on android mobile phones as they have ability to pack energy into a small, light package but the basic technology has not changed a lot since last decade. But the basic problem with the reactive Lithium is its less density. And fast charging will lead to plating of the anode. There are many compounds tested like Lithium Titanate, Lithium Iron Phosphate but we are still in search of better compound with higher energy density. Also Li-Ion batteries consume more space than all other components but are still unable to provide sovereignty. Even though you can make these batteries bigger as seen on Droid Razr Maxx, you can only go up to a certain extent before compromising on the design.

So what now? Are we heading somewhere? Well in these series we will show you future. Can you guess what can it be? Wireless Charging like Galaxy SIII or Solar Charger or Fuel Cell. Well it’s a pretty long list.

Let start with Wireless Technology:-

Among the engineers and scientists, wireless charging is known as ‘inductive charging’. It utilizes two smart coils – one in the charger and another in the device that is getting charged. The primary coil creates a very small electromagnetic field around the charger through which electricity can be transferred. The secondary coil, which is in the phone, receives the power from electromagnetic field and converts in back into electric current to feed it into the battery.

Qi (pronounced “chee”) enabled phones were shown at CES, with Mobile World Congress being the next showcase has aim to turn every flat surface into a wireless charging station. Qi, a product of the Wireless Power Consortium(WPC), is future of wireless charging

The wireless charging was earlier tried by Palm, Inc. but as there were no standards set the technology didn’t catch on. Palm, Inc announced an optional inductive charger accessory, the “Touchstone”. Other wireless charging options include the Powermat and the Duracell MyGrid all of which able to charge various gadgets wirelessly. Also to add new in-vehicle charging system was launched by Chrysler’s Mopar division which will debut in Dodge Dart by 2012

Qi is now backed up by 84 device manufacturers and carriers. Now, with a standard in place by WPC, we see faster development with lots of improvement in this area and surely it will change the way we charge our batteries.