The annoying necessity for power points and smartphone chargers could soon be a thing of the past with scientists close to developing the world’s first immortal battery.
Picture it now: a battery that never runs out, never loses its battery life and ultimately lives on beyond the electronic item it is powering.
It would create a world without annoying iPhone issues, where tablets lived on for all eternity and sex toys never tired from the task at hand.
Researchers from the University of California have been working on the new immortal batteries which are designed to avoid degradation during recharge cycles.
Most electronics use lithium-ion batteries to power themselves, but these tend to wear away after a few hundred hours.
These new batteries are different though, as T3 reports.
Having found that filaments often wear away quickly in these batteries, the researchers decided to see if the problem was fixed when these filaments were coated in gold nanowire with a manganese dioxide shell and plexi-glas-like gel.
Around 1,000 times thinner than the average human hair, nanowires are also highly conductive and boast a large surface area, which is all conducive to longer life between charges.
Having completed a three-month test of the product, they found batteries showed no signs of wear in some 200,000 charges and discharges, which is a fairly significant improvement on the 5,000 to 7,000 average.
Unfortunately, we still have some time to wait before these batteries arrive on the market so don’t throw out those smartphone chargers just yet.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.