Manufacturers have been increasing the battery capacity of their phones in recent years, and now a 5000 mAh battery is widely used in a phone. This would have been considered crazy a few years ago, but people are on the phone all the time, so it only makes sense to give them the best possible battery life. However, what people often overlook is the fact that even larger batteries degrade over time – just like smaller ones. This has been greatly improved thanks to a number of software improvements over the years that stop charging the battery to full capacity and notifying the user of its condition.
Even so, phones lose between 5% and 10% of their original battery capacity in about a year of active use, depending on the weather conditions around you and the way you use and charge your phone. So the problem remains: how can you keep your phone for more than three years and not have to worry about battery life being a reason to buy a new one?
Thanks to a Japanese team of scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), the solution could come closer than expected. The newly discovered material is said to help batteries slow down the degradation process and maintain 95% of their original capacity over a period of five years or more. If so, your new smartphone will last much longer than before – if you plan to keep it for five or more years to begin with.
Of course, wearables like smartwatches, earphones, and even trackers are potential hosts of this innovative hardware. Hence, the technology is expected to be accessible to all. We are excited to see how this story will develop and look forward to the first generation products, which include technology.