Hydrogen batteries soon a reality?

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  1. vmistery, Aug 22, 2015
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    vmistery macrumors 6502a

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    Hi All,

    I was casually reading the news this morning and saw that a company has developed a hydrogen battery they have retrofitted to an iPhone. Big news is it lasts a week on a charge so clearly a big thing if it works. Is this some thing MacRumors fancies looking into a bit more to see if it is possibly upcoming either for the 7 or 7s? Any one got any thoughts?! Sounds amazing to me as I burn through battery life.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/...will-charge-your-Apple-iPhone-for-a-week.html
     
  2. JohnApples macrumors 65816

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    Sounds very interesting. But I noticed this in the article:

    Although it would be cool to have a week-long charge, it sounds like that under this current implantation, the battery is essentially disposable. I mean technically the actual battery is rechargeable, but what good does that do if you need to buy "batteries for the battery"? Unless these cartridges were very cheap, I don't think this would work well.
     
  3. vmistery thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah yes that would be a big downer. I wonder if you could recharge it via a tank like their prototype rather than expensive sounding cartridges. Still a faff though. I wonder if as the article alludes Apple really are looking at it for this purpose.
     
  4. JohnApples macrumors 65816

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    I highly doubt this specific technology would ever make it into an iPhone, or any phone for that matter. But, this could be the precursor to a future battery-charging technology that we will see later on. Too early to tell at this point, but it would be awesome if Apple became a leader in battery tech instead of always falling behind with these rather small battery lives.
     
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    Despite how such articles are written to make it sound like such developments are just around the corner, I think there's still a long way to go before this technology can be practically applied to a mobile device. Maybe the 12 or 12s. ;)
     
  6. vmistery thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And I got so excited there for a minute! I really would like an extended battery life
     
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    While I embrace new technology is there really a need for a week long battery? In my opinion I would rather charge overnight than have to swap out a component weekly.
     
  8. vmistery thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    For me as someone who travels extensively it would be a godsend to have a proper 3 day or better battery life. I burn through my battery in under a day as it is as it has to act as my hotpot. Id prefer it to be a normal charging mechanism but If it was a simple cartridge system where you got them refilled at a supermarket when doing your shopping I'd much prefer doing it that way than charging it every night. Get a couple of spare cartridges (assuming we are talking £10-£15) and I don't think anyone would have an issue.
     
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    Sounds like it is a way down the road and we would see it in other devices before Apple adopted it.
     
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    Fair enough. £10-15 seems a bit expensive in my opinion but I also live in a city where they have free charging stations all over the place. I also typically carry around a portable charger that allows me to charge from 0-100% 3 times before it needs to be recharged.
     
  11. cynics macrumors G3

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    That sounds convenient?
     
  12. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't one of these also make the phone lighter? Think balloons.
     
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    It's pretty common here when you're eating to also plug in your phone to charge it at restaurants. So for most people it is convenient.
     
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    Where is that common thing, out of curiosity?
     
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    Its in Portland, Oregon. Most of the places I frequent will charge your phone for you or will allow you to plug in for free while you are eating. And then throughout the city there are charging stations.
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Interesting, haven't seen it being all that common around California. Certainly some Starbucks and a few other cafes and places of that nature, but far far from many places beyond that.
     
  17. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Gotcha. Yeah Portland is an interesting city. I'm also from California and I haven't seen much of that there. But in Portland it's a common thing.
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I'd still say as convenient it might be to be able to charge whenever/wherever, it's still a ways off from the convenience of not needing to worry about charging for, let's say, a number of days.
     
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    I completely agree it's not as convenient as a battery that would last for days. But I'm not sure I would want something that requires me to replace cartridges of some sort. If they could get a battery that could last for days or weeks while allowing me to recharge it as needed then I would definitely be interested.
     
  20. vmistery thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'd rather have a battery as there is plenty of battery charging infrastructure around and none for hydrogen! Personally I'd not really mind replacing a cartridge though if I was getting a big benefit from it, how hard could it be?

    On my travels I haven't seen that many places that do this, depends where you go. My main issue is that with heavy usage I don't really get a day and I really don't want to be searching for a charging place in an unfamiliar city where I can't speak the language. At the moment I ust carry around an extra device to charge the phone from but it isn't a particularly elegant solution.
     
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    It would be great, but you can look back to 2010, 2005, or even 2000 and see articles talking about brand new battery tech that will revolutionize mobile devices, yet not a whole lot has changed. Sure battery tech has improved, but it seems to be at a pretty similar pace as manufacturers cram more and more into said devices, so we don't notice the battery life getting much better from year to year.
     

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