Smartphone battery breakthrough doubles life

Manny Pham
August 19, 2016

A new smartphone battery will soon enter production, it will push battery technology providing more power to the moreish devices we carry in our pockets. 

The famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Iron Man went there for uni) has created a new battery technology called SolidEnergy. Now it’s not as impressive as the Arc Reactor embedded in Tony Stark’s chest, but it spells good news for the world as we may no longer be at the mercy of our battery life.

SolidEnergy is a new type of lithium metal battery, which comes anode-free and allows twice amount of charge. Safety has been proven and it will be suitable for electric cars, smartphones, wearable and a range of portable devices. Drones launching in November this year will incorporate SolidEnergy.

Qichao Hu, CEO of SolidEnergy, said “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.”


Graphite found in traditional batteries was swapped out for a think lithium-metal foil. It’s smaller but capable of holding more ions than normal cells.

Smartphone battery revolution coming soon

SolidEnergy was demonstrated last year and gained over $12 million from investors. As we now know, from the investment we’ll now see a technology that will surely shake up the market.

Smartphones and wearables will follow after drones, with 2017 the time frame in mind for the devices that matter so much to us. Car batteries will follow after in 2018.

It’s still early days for manufacturers to sign up a deal to use the SolidEnergy battery, no doubt the decision will boil down to financial viability. The benefits of using the new technology are obvious, we could be seeing thinner devices and of course more long lasting.

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Via Phonearena.

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