Long-life laptop battery the tech industry doesn’t want you to have ?
Fed up with the dwindling battery life of his BlackBerry Bold 9000, Carleton University chemistry student Tim Sherstyuk took a straightforward problem to his electrical engineer dad, Nick: Could the two of them come up with the technology to make a standard lithium-ion battery last longer?
After a year of trial and error, the Ottawa-based father-son duo hit an engineering bull’s-eye. By pairing batteries with their own special printed circuit board, they were able to increase a battery’s capacity by 30 per cent. Their battery management system also boosted the number of recharging cycles available. Today’s standard lithium-ion batteries are good for about 300 cycles; the Sherstyuks boosted this to an amazing 2,500.
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New battery management technology could boost Li-ion capacity by 40%, quadruple recharging cycles
Long-life laptop battery the tech industry doesn’t want you to have
I came across this news about battery management because I am currently researching the same topic for lead-acid technologies.
My first impression is that the problem with SEI - solid electrolyte interphase - formation is potentially solvable, and this team appears to have gone a long way to solving it. It is akin to the badly-named sulphation problem with lead-acid batteries, which is really a matter of pore blockage due to crystal accretion.