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Vitamin powered phone battery could lead to cheaper devices

Researchers have developed a battery that has a high voltage and will last a longer time than current tech.

Scientists have come up with a vitamin powered phone battery technology that will allow devices to last longer while giving them more voltage. Moreover, this could be an important step toward reducing the price tag of battery powered devices.

This new battery technology is not entirely unlike lithium-ion but are different in an important way.

The battery is different because it uses flavin – a component of vitamin B2 – as its cathode. The cathode is the part of the battery that stores the electricity. Then, that energy can be used once it is connected to a device. This vitamin powered phone battery provides a more natural solution to the question of how to keep devices charged.

Vitamin powered phone battery - Vitamin B molecule with mobile phone and battery chargerDwight Steferos from Canada’s University of Toronto, said “We have been looking to nature for a while to find complex molecules for use in a number of consumer electronics applications.” He added, “When you take something made by nature that is already complex, you end up spending less time making new material.”

The vitamin powered phone battery provides a very affordable way of giving mobile devices the charge they need.

This is not the first time a battery has been made with bio-derived components. However, this is the first rechargeable battery using bio-derived polymers. Polymers are long chain molecules. They are used for one of this new battery technology’s electrodes.

This technology’s key is the possibility it opens for keeping the energy stored within a vitamin-created plastic. The plastic is far less expensive than traditionally-used metals such as cobalt. The vitamin-created plastic is also more environmentally friendly and easier to process. It may play a central role in reducing our dependence on portable battery packs due to inadequate charge.

The scientists developed the material from vitamin B2. They sourced the vitamin from genetically-modified fungi. They used a semi-synthetic process for polymer preparation. It linked a long-chain molecule with two flavin units.

The result is a vitamin-powered phone battery that is environmentally friendly with a high voltage and with a high capacity. These and the rest of the findings from the researchers were published in the Advanced Functional Materials journal.

Hydrogen powered smartphone battery could be the tech of the future

A British firm called Intelligent Energy could keep mobile devices charged for a week at a time.

A company named Intelligent Energy, from the United Kingdom, has now created a prototype smartphone battery cell that is small enough that it would be able to fit inside the iPhone 6 body without requiring any type of alterations to the current form and size of the device.

What is truly fascinating about this prototype battery is that it is hydrogen-powered and long lasting.

In fact, the company behind this smartphone battery technology claims that it would allow a mobile device user to go a week between recharges. The version of the iPhone 6 that the company used as a prototype for the hydrogen-powered battery is nearly exactly the same as the smartphone that is currently on the market. It behaves the same, it looks the same, and it feels the same. The one detectable difference is the addition of small vents on the reverse of the device. They allow an undetectable water vapor to be released as the hydrogen battery’s byproduct.

This new smartphone battery functions by bringing oxygen and hydrogen together in a tiny little thin fuel cell.

Hydrogen Powered Smartphone BatteryThis results in electricity. Water vapor and a small amount of heat are the only waste produced by this process. While there are already portable hydrogen cells in existence, such as the Rohm “Mobile Aqua”, the majority of them are too costly and bulky to be practical for the average smartphone user.

In this case, though, the Intelligent Energy hydrogen battery is the same size as the current iPhone, but it is slim enough that it can slip right into the existing body of the device without requiring any notable alterations other than venting.

While this smartphone battery would allow the device to run for a great deal longer between charges – days longer – it does still need to be recharged. That said, the recharging process is not the same as other devices where they can simply be plugged into any outlet. The reason is that it needs to have hydrogen gas topped up. In order to do that, the user would have to hook the mobile device up to a special hydrogen gas recharger that is plugged into the smartphone through an adapted headphone port.