Now that we have smartphones with 2K displays, 4 GB of RAM, and eight 64-bit cores, batteries have become the next obsession for many smartphone makers and researchers. From quick charging batteries to safer batteries and now to eco-friendly batteries, the smartphone’s power source is both a source of interest and potential profit to those can put down a stake first. British company Intelligent Energy might just be one of those, with its hydrogen-powered battery that can power an iPhone for a whole week before needing a recharge.
A week-long battery life. That’s not something you hear about these days. At most, OEMs brag about two-day usage. The problem of smartphone batteries has many angles, from the size to material used and so on. For Intelligent Energy, the answer lies in hydrogen fuel that not only has long lasting power, but is also friendly to the environment.
Hydrogen fuel cells are nothing new but they aren’t exactly something that you would immediately associate with mobile devices unless you’re talking about external batteries. That is exactly the achievement here: being able to make a fuel cell so thin that it could fit inside a smartphone with barely any changes to the size of the device. For example, it can fit inside an iPhone 6 easily. Well, there is a slight modification needed. There will be rear vents to let water vapor, the only byproduct of this technology. escape. The headphone jack is also repurposed as the injection point for hydrogen gas.
Why the iPhone 6? Aside from being one of the sensibly thinnest in the market, there is also word that Apple might actually be in talks with the British company over the technology. Of course, Intelligent Energy isn’t talking, but it would be a feature to die for. However, since Apple’s stringent quality control and near perfectionism won’t really allow experimental technology inside its devices, it might be a long time before one sees this feature. That is, if there’s any truth to the speculation at all.