Can mobile phones be made without batteries?
Smartphones may be getting smarter and faster, but when their batteries run out too quickly due to being used too much, they end up being little more than a paperweight. Face it, talking on your mobile phone uses up the battery life too fast these days.
You could always buy spare batteries on Amazon.com if the manufacturer doesn’t sell them separately … or you can wait for scientists to finish their research.
Scientists say that power cells rarely needing to be charged are on the way. The bad news is that it could be several years to come.
Dylan Reynolds of CNN says it’s a struggle keeping mobile phones alive between tweeting and updating reports:
“Power supply is the giant elephant in the room here. Phones get more hungry as they get more powerful, but my own experience tells me that battery life isn’t keeping up. Everywhere I go at Mobile World Congress I hear people complaining that their phone just died, or is about to die. I’ve started carrying a large and heavy external battery to make sure my phones make it through the working day.”
Some enterprising individuals have taken up such solutions as charging points at airports where you most likely pay to put juice back in your device as you wait for your flight.
Others like Nokia have tried the retro approach, sending mobile phones back to their early days when all you did was talk and text. In those days, a weak internet signal didn’t drain your mobile phone battery faster than a man-sized hole in a public water park.
Malik Saadi, an analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media, says there is no breakthrough in the near future as mobile technology evolves faster than batteries:
“We are still seeing the same battery cell technology that we saw back in 2003. Typically we expect one day usage from a fully-charged battery. Although the … number of cells within the battery has increased, the actual technology is the same. We need a … new type of battery, for example fuel cells, but … they are expensive, and they’re also too big to fit into the phone.”
How do you feel about mobile phones eventually being made without needing batteries?
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