Small Powerful Microbatteries

Size, weight and power limitations have been holding back some areas of technology, like electric vehicles. New, fast charging, lithium ion microbatteries may be about to change that.

Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronics – []

Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.

Developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the new microbatteries out-power even the best supercapacitors and could drive new applications in radio communications and compact electronics.

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