Scientists are claiming that they managed to invent a new battery that will fully charge a smartphone in approximately one minute. They said that they created an aluminum battery which could replace the original battery, the lithium models, which are also found in mobile phones and laptops. The scientists also said that these new batteries are safer than lithium-ion batteries, with a lower danger of catching fire and they also are more environmentally friendly than other batteries, for example alkaline models AA and AAA.
However, we must not forget that lithium-ion batteries have made all these portable devices possible. Without the evolution of these batteries we wouldn’t be able to use a tablet or a smartphone. Also, our obsession of having thinner devices, requires thinner batteries that deliver the same power. This week, it seems that Stanford University researches, with chemistry professor Dai Hongjie in lead, may have found the right answer for a faster charging. They said that their new battery is cheaper, faster charging and safer. It is a big deal, big because this battery may be the next generation power source that we may use.
Several scientists have been focusing on this type of battery, but they didn’t know what type of materials to use. “We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames. Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it,” declared Dai Hongjie. “In our study, we have videos showing that you can drill through the aluminum battery pouch, and it will continue working for a while longer without catching fire. But lithium batteries can go off in an unpredictable manner – in the air, the car or in your pocket. Besides safety, we have achieved major breakthroughs in aluminum battery performance,” he continued.
Safety is a huge selling point for these types of new batteries. Everyone wants a safety device that will not catch on fire when they are talking or playing games. However, most likely we are still years away until using this kind of aluminum batteries, but there is a sign that they exist.