Which won’t be the case for much longer, if Stanford researchers have anything to say about it. The enterprising folks have developed a new lithium battery that, if they are correct, should completely outlast current li-ion batteries.
The battery is designed to house a denser and much more efficient form of lithium that, with the help of a nanoscopic carbon shield to keep the chemical stable, will give a much more stable electric output. Without it, the battery isn’t quite as efficient.
Steven Chu, the former US Secretary of Energy who is currently at Stanford, figures that a cellphone fitted with the battery could last three to four times longer than the average battery, and that electric cars could also benefit a lot from the tech.
The battery still requires some work before a finished product will hit the shelves, but smartphones that last longer than a day on a single charge might soon be upon us.