Mar 06, 2017 09:23 PM EST
A lithium-ion battery is the most common thing one can ever find in smartphones, laptops, and other portable devices. But now that a new solid-state battery formula is being developed by the co-inventor of lithium-ion batteries himself, it seems like the game is about to change for gadgets and other devices.
That's what lithium-ion battery co-inventor John B. Goodenough also thinks. He, along with his research team, has officially announced early this year the development of a new solid-state battery formula via a recently published journal on Energy and Environmental Science. According to Fortune, it is believed to be three times more powerful than the usual li-on battery - with its fast-charging capability, explosion-safe feature, and performance in low temperatures.
But regardless of how successful this latest breakthrough might seem to be in the future, the concept still needs to be more polished. Aside from that, one should also know the difference between using glass and using liquid as electrolytes with lithium-ion. Further detailed on the same publication, the new battery formula will be using glass with li-on and helps balance the heat when charging or discharging the battery.
On the other hand, using liquid or gel with li-on is one of the main reasons why completely waiting for the battery to run out before charging it is discouraged. According to How Stuff Works, when the battery gets more heated up due to the positive and negative electrons rubbing each other directly (assuming that the separator inside of the battery has deteriorated because of untimely discharging or completely letting it fall to zero), its liquid-based component will also heat up - and worse, will cause an explosion.
Indeed, this new battery formula would change the game for gadgets and other devices - considering that even the most popular handset makers are getting into trouble over unit explosions due to faulty batteries. And with the continuous rise of mobile device usage, it is only right for tech and other related industries to begin looking for real solutions to problems - unlike what happened to Samsung: researching about the explosion issues of the now-defunct Galaxy Note 7 took longer than expected.
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