A British manufacturer has recently announced plans to develop a smartphone battery that will only need to be charged once a week – sounds too be good to be true?
Apparently not, Intelligent Energy Holdings Plc, the company who introduced hydrogen fuelled black cabs in London, has announced they have found a backer willing to pump $7.6 million into developing a battery that will do just that – last 7 days.
Let’s face it, this is something that we have all been crying out for with smartphone seemingly improving constantly but battery life deteriorating – maybe not deteriorating but lasting less time with phones becoming ever more complex.
Julian Hughes of Intelligent Energy recently said that his company offers “a solution that is clean and efficient and means consumers could be truly mobile and free from the constraints of the grid.”
Mr Hughes went on to suggest that the product would harness the power of hydrogen and oxygen which would be in keeping with their development with the black cabs.
Interestingly, there have been a number of reports linking the firm with Apple although these have never been confirmed and indeed only last year the company’s CEO Herni Winand spoke of the firm developing a prototype cell that could fit into an existing iPhone along with the original battery.
The only modification that would be required was for vents to be added to the back of the phone to allow water vapour and heat to escape.
Assuming that the reports are correct it would appear that Intelligent Energy has now developed the technology but that it needs refining to make it commercially viable and a practical alternative to the current batteries.