Developments in battery technology are becoming more frequent today. The reinvigorated interest in improving Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) power storage can only be good for devices in the future. But as it is, the batteries people currently use work just fine.
With capacities increasing fast, it’s now possible to get more from a device per charge.The problem is that some people see batteries through the tinted glasses of common technology. Will batteries never advance like smartphones, cameras, and cars? Is it at the very ceiling of its potential?
While people moved forward to futuristic tech, they still rely on the same old battery; the same ones that powered their cell phones, PDAs, and camcorders.
Nothing More Reliable
In providing power for consumer devices, the most popular manufacturers have relied on Li-ion batteries to anchor their line-up of products. And in most of them, you’ll find a battery pack with a technology that’s 26 years old.
More than that, the aftermarket industry that Li-ion batteries created is replete with options. Companies like BatteryClerk can just about resupply any battery used today, and still remain relevant. After all, certain parts of the world, industries, and communities still depend on the technology as a power source.
Tesla, the innovative company likely to move humanity away from fossil fuels, relies on Li-ion batteries. A cutting-edge organization adopting a traditional resource tells you so much about the irreplaceable quality of these batteries.
So even modern companies with modern products use Li-ion batteries because they still serve a purpose. It’s the best they have, the safest, easiest to manufacture, and one they know well.
On Battery Replacement
All manner of devices that use batteries allow replacement with the exception of some smartphones; some will use rechargeable Li-ion batteries. As an increasing population becomes increasingly mobile, there is greater need for more reliable batteries to power gadgets.
While the world is still a long ways off from having batteries that last a lifetime, and rechargeable units that can go for a week, innovations are underway. Researchers are developing batteries that charge fully in six minutes, batteries that work in laptops and electric cars, and bendable, water-proof batteries.
So yes, it’s looking like batteries will advance like smartphones, cameras, and cars. And no, it’s not likely that the power source has reached the very ceiling of its potential.
Batteries will have a second golden age. It will power cars, gadgets, and in all probability, homes in the future. For now, though, there’s enough juice left in batteries that most people currently use.