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MacBytes
Dec 31, 2007, 08:41 AM
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Link: All hail the nanotech battery! 22 hours of MacBook battery life; 400 hours of iPod use, 2500 hours of iPhone standby time! (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20071231094150)
Description:: Imagine… what if you could watch 70 hours of iPod video on a single charge. (OK, wait, that actually, might be a bad thing).

Instead, imagine something more useful, like getting 22+ hours of MacBook use. Or 2500 hours of iPhone standby time. Such is the promise of Stanford University researchers who claim to have found a way to use silicon nanowires to improve the way lithium-ion batteries store energy, delivering a reported 10x boost in capacity.

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JSchwage
Dec 31, 2007, 08:43 AM
Let's just hope these batteries aren't any more likely to go up in flames than lithium ion batteries already are (which isn't too likely unless you have a lemon or pound on your laptop with a hammer).

IEatApples
Dec 31, 2007, 09:21 AM
Hope it comes in 2008!!! :D

… make that Macworld San Francisco 2008!!! :p

Manatee
Dec 31, 2007, 09:32 AM
That's a great breakthrough. I wonder what the timeline is for getting that technology into production?

Orng
Dec 31, 2007, 09:49 AM
Let's just hope these batteries aren't any more likely to go up in flames than lithium ion batteries already are (which isn't too likely unless you have a lemon or pound on your laptop with a hammer).

So would you squeeze the lemon juice onto the battery, or is the mere proximity of lemons sufficient? just askin' :)

Who knew lithium and Citrus Gas would be such a volatile combo?

Littleodie914
Dec 31, 2007, 10:37 AM
This article reminds me of that episode of Diggnation where Kevin and Alex talk about a separate news section for things that "probably won't happen in our lifetime." While I'd like to believe otherwise, this might be one of those things our kids benefit from instead. :o

BOOMBA
Dec 31, 2007, 10:40 AM
This article reminds me of that episode of Diggnation where Kevin and Alex talk about a separate news section for things that "probably won't happen in our lifetime." While I'd like to believe otherwise, this might be one of those things our kids benefit from instead. :o

I think there's enough money here that this will actually happen relatively soon. (soon being 5-10 years). People are buying mobile (rechargeable) things at an alarming rate.
Plus it sounds like the researchers actually are claiming the technology is almost ready for use already.

QuarterSwede
Dec 31, 2007, 06:46 PM
This would be the biggest battery tech breakthrough in history. So far battery tech is the slowest moving of the modern electrical technologies.

IEatApples
Jan 1, 2008, 08:15 AM
… but 22 hours of battery life for the MacBook is still just "okay" ;) :p

pamon
Jan 2, 2008, 08:00 PM
holy battery batman.. thats a long battery life

pamon
Jan 2, 2008, 08:02 PM
and gotta add that i love that macenstein site... the random mac chick is yummy.