New Battery May Provide 10 Times More Power

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (2 years, 8 months ago)

Short battery life is one of the most common complaints made by mobile device owners- whether it’s a tablet, a laptop, or a smartphone, batteries never seem to last as long as we’d like them too. Now, researchers at Virginia Tech are working on a product which could completely revolutionize the battery life on smart devices around the world.

Commonly, the small batteries used in smartphones and other devices are lithium powered, but as many users know, these don’t always provide the power we’d like. A new report from website ExtremeTech claims that Virginia Tech researchers have created an entirely new battery capable of running on a sugar-powered fuel cell.

As we all know, sugar is already a great form of energy for humans, as well as plants and animals, and the newly-developed battery harnesses this same energetic capability to use with electronic devices.  In fact, the power provided by a glucose batter is as much as 10 times more than that provided by the lithium-ion batteries used in consumer electronics.

In the near future, testing should indicate whether the battery’s stability is good enough over a number of charge cycles to be used in electronics, as well as whether it could eventually be used to power electric vehicles.

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