In the era of smartphones, batteries play a crucial role. It is because of these power-banks, the smartphones can perform at their best. However, normal lithium-ion batteries have their demons too. With time normal Li-ion batteries tend to lose their power and start degrading the performance. Moreover, constant putting the phone on the charge is also a major factor deteriorating the performance of the batteries and later the smartphone.
To overcome this issue, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic have successfully developed a new design of the batteries. These batteries consist of aqueous electrolytes that can make the batteries secure without compromising the efficiency. This remarkable development can alter the face of the smartphone industry as the new batteries have a power back-up of days. The new batteries can offer greater usability of smartphones making them even more useful than they are today.
What Distinguishes the New Batteries from Older Ones?
When split into two, there are two electrodes visible in a battery. One is positively charged cathode and the other is anode which has a negative charge. These electrodes use an electrolyte to transfer ion between each other. Now, conventional batteries use a non-aqueous electrolyte which has many issues. Some of them are instability and explosion upon the contact to the atmosphere. This, as a result, makes the conventional batteries highly risky to use. However, the new batteries have aqueous electrolytes, which offer them stability and prevents it from exploding. Additionally, new electrolyte does not react to moisture and help batteries to sustain longer life.
These benefits are the major reasons that the new batteries are so heavily pushed and demanded by smartphone manufacturers. With new aqueous electrolyte, the batteries can deliver the much needed heavy-duty power back-up to not just smartphones, but to other devices also.
It is highly predictable that the new batteries shall have enormous demand and potential in coming years.