Some cool news out of the world of science: Researchers from Australia’s Monash University claim to have developed a lithium-sulfur battery that could extend camera life by four times what the current best offers and even allow smartphones to go for days without a charge.
In other words, it’s a real game-changer for batteries – if it ever goes into production.
On the bright side, there’s good reason to believe that will happen as research team led Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani tells the press that prototypes have already been made in Germany and that major lithium battery producers have expressed interest in that.
Naturally, the science behind it all is likely beyond most of our abilities to understand but PetaPixel reports that the main innovations come from the battery’s ability to create “stronger bonds between particles” and “accommodate stress and deliver a level of stability not seen in any battery to date.”
Another positive aspect of this design is that it is more environmentally friendly in terms of resource consumption than the current setup. Immediate uses for such a battery would be in electric cars and the like but, really, the sky's the limit when it comes to other uses it could see.
According to the press statement from Monash University, the battery will pursue testing and potential commercial release in 2020 with a broader rollout to other technologies expected over the coming years.
As photographers, we probably shouldn’t hold our breath but it’s exciting to imagine better batteries on the way.
Just this last vacation, the problem with keeping your battery charged reared its head at every turn and it’s hard to say how much precious time was lost because of that.
This guy can’t wait for better batteries and they can’t arrive soon enough.
What do you think? Do you often find yourself dealing with battery life issues?
Wouldn’t a better battery make life that much easier?
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