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A Super Long-Lasting Smartphone Battery Is Coming Soon

Maybe you should say goodbye to your powerbank soon?
by Tanya Umali | Sep 9, 2016
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What’s the top problem of every Android phone owner?

It’s not the lag and definitely not the camera, but the battery life. That’s why powerbanks were invented to satisfy our thirst for more juice. An Android phone’s power can’t seem to sustain all those battery-draining apps (Yes, we mean Pokémon GO).

The Android gods apparently have had enough of your gripes as one company finally decided to develop a super smartphone battery that lasts for hours without constant recharging.

SolidEnergy Systems, a startup company from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has the answer for our smartphone battery needs.

But first, what's wrong with the batteries we have now?

The company explains that the lithium ion batteries that breathe life into our phones give off very limited energy due to their size. For a battery to be serviceable for hours, more lithinum ions are needed. What makes things worse is, the graphite used for storing these ions is relatively small.

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Should it increase in size, the phone size will also follow. And because they're bigger, they also have larger and better batteries. This is why phablets' power lasts longer than the normal-sized Android phones' juice.

Apparently, this problem has been solved by SolidEnergy, thanks to thin and light sheets of lithium metal foil that will replace the bulky graphite in batteries. This innovation can store more ions and more of that means longer power for your phone in a not-so-heavy packaging.


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"With two-times the energy density, we can make a battery half the size, but that still lasts the same amount of time, as a lithium ion battery. Or we can make a battery the same size as a lithium ion battery, but now it will last twice as long," says CEO of SolidEnergy and co-inventor of the battery Qichao Hu in an MIT press release.

The batteries are not yet available in the market, but will hopefully turn up by 2017. There’s also no news as to what phone it would be compatible with.

The company also plans to use the same technology on electric car batteries by 2018.

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