Who Will Win the Future of Charging Technology?
A Deep Analysis of Four Directions for Future Charging Technology
Battery life is always a problem for smart devices. The Technology savvy are working hard to find a way to solve this problem. So what’s the popular technology for solving the problem right now?
1. Long-distance wireless charger
According to an informed source, Apple.inc is developing cutting-edge charging technology. This new technology can charge iPhone and iPad without using a charging board. Though Apple.inc is working hard to solve technology obstacles, which includes electricity loss due to long distance transport, the decision of realizing this technology is still under evaluation. It’s reported that Apple.inc has already applied for a patent for wireless charging. In the patent documents, Apple.inc describes that this technology will use iMac as a central device and use magnetic resonance technology to charge devices within the scope of one meter.
So far, Apple.inc has adopted similar wireless charging technology. It can charge an Apple Watch within the scope of a few millimeter of the charger. However, it doesn’t improve too much consumer experience except helping them eliminate the action of plugging in wires. Therefore, a real valuable charging technology is long-distance wireless one. Imagine someday, if there are long-distance wireless charging devices wherever you go, and your devices can be charged anytime, then then battery life issues would become history.
2. Small, large capacity, and fast charging battery
Scientists have already invented a high-performance super capacitor material - nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous few-layer carbon. This material has great electrochemical capabilities, and can be used as a super battery on electronic cars. This invention can be charged for seven seconds and last 35 kilometers. It has been reported on Science.
Supercapacitor is an electrochemical device between traditional capacitor and battery. It has features of high power density, long-lasting life, and safe, and has been widely used on hybrid-electric vehicles, large power output device, and several other fields. But scientists still haven’t successfully found a way to make the supercapacitor have both high power and high energy.
A lot of scientists think graphene replacing silicon will be the greatest overturn in this era and a technology revolution will happen in 10 to 20 years.
Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice plane two-dimensional material. Its theoretical thickness is only 0.34 nanometers and It has excellent thermal properties, mechanical properties, high electron mobility, high specific surface area and the quantum Hall effect.
3. Quick Charge Technology
This quick charge technology doesn’t use any new technology or material. It was mostly modified from current technology to maximize the current charging process ’s efficiency. The technology is starting to be more commercialized and the well-known one is the QC standard developed by Qualcomm Incorporated.
Released in 2012, Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 technology supports up to 10W charging power, that is at 5V charging voltage and current can reach 2A. The release of Quick Charge 2.0 technology released in 2013 in the 1.0 upgrade will be the basis to charge power 36W, shortening the charging time. QC2.0 charge rate is the traditional way of charging four times, twice as a Quick Charge 1.0. The latest release of QC3.0 high ratio Quick Charge 2.0 charging efficiency of 38%
SIMPIZ, a technology company came from Silicon Valley, has debuted the iTron product in the 2016 CES. Though it’s just a mobile power product, if iPhone used the product’s exclusive DUBI charging chip, iPhone can be charged to 100% in three minutes, never need to worry again about the problem of mobile phone battery life.
The core of the technology is a unique 4-channel charging technology that shunts the charging current, reduces the electricity loss (discharge) as much as possible, protects against 8 factors, and optimizes the charging voltage and charging current to achieve precision quick charge.
With a maximum speed of 150w, it can fully charge a 9000mAh in 18 minutes, it’s 10x faster than QC2.0, and 8x faster than QC3.0. They currently have a pre-sale discount code on their official website for their upcoming launch on Indiegogo in March.
4. Solar Technology
Solar technology has been the method to address energy issues. The sun has been a source of human energy, and if the cost decrease and conversion efficiency improvement can be achieved, the problem of electricity can be fundamentally resolved.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a new type of glass (manufactured by Corning thin highly curved glass) manufactured on flexible solar cells. Their creation of this film cadmium telluride solar cell is the only one available in mass production and can compete with conventional silicon solar cells.
The emergence of flexible solar cells can not only make a significant reduction in costs, but also greatly enhance the scope and possibilities of solar technology, and greatly enhance the conversion efficiency of solar energy. For example, using flexible cells in the garment, in the backpack, and on the car, everything can become a source of energy anytime, and there is no additional cost to provide an endless supply of energy for your equipment.