A British company claims to have invented a working hydrogen-powered smartphone battery that could potentially allow your phone to go a week without recharging.
Would you like your phone to last for a week in just a single charge? (Well, who doesn’t?)
As The Independent reports, a British power technology company known as Intelligent Energy, has made a working prototype of an iPhone 6 with the new battery. Fitted with its rechargeable battery and their new technology, the iPhone looks and feels very similar – the only noticeable difference is the presence of small vents on the back of the handset that allow small plumes of water to escape (a consequence of the controlled chemical reaction going on inside the battery). That water, together with a small amount of heat, are the only waste products from the new battery design.
How does it work?
The battery works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a small and very thin fuel cell, creating electricity. The only waste products are small amounts of heat and water. The cell is the same size as the iPhone, but it’s so thin that it can fit into the existing structure of the phone without any need for major alterations.
According to Henri Winand, the chief executive of the company,
To our knowledge this has never been done before.”
Although the battery could extend a phone’s life by days, it still requires recharging – the fuel cell can be topped up with hydrogen gas via the adapted headphone socket. The current version, however, is only a prototype, but the company is looking at a commercial version that could potentially revolutionize mobile phones.
The commercial version could take the form of a small cartridge that fits into the bottom of the phone, that would give a week of power and can be thrown away when not needed. Portable fuel cell manufacturers have been promising that their devices will take over the market for years, but these power sources have typically been too bulky and expensive to have a value to everyday consumers.
Nonetheless, if the Intelligent Design prototype becomes a reality, you can toss away your phone charger for good.
via The Independent