Heavy phone users are always on the lookout for devices that can stay charged for long and have fast processors. A British energy company has developed an iPhone that stays charged for a week. This sounds untrue because smartphones consume a lot of power.
Intelligent Energy, a U.K. based firm has come up with a working iPhone 6 prototype powered by both a conventional battery and a hydrogen fuel cell that creates energy when hydrogen is combined with oxygen. The company has made alterations on the phone’s charging system without changing anything on the phone’s design and functionality. However, the phone has vents that emit water vapor which is a byproduct of a fuel cell. Refueling of the cell is done via an adapted headphone jack.
“We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery. This is a major step because if you are moving to a new technology you have to give people a path they are comfortable with.”The company said.
A fuel cell is inserted into the iPhone with a cartridge that powers the phone for a week without recharging. Intelligent Energy is solving the problem where smartphone users are forced to charge there phones after every hour.
“Take into account the more power hungry hardware, more powerful chips and larger, better resolution screens, overlay that with exponentially more sophisticated software and you are holding in your hand the insatiable little monster that is a modern mobile phone,” Intelligent Energy wrote.
For the commercial launch the company is developing a disposable cartridge that would slot into the bottom of future smartphones and contain enough hydrogen-releasing powder for a week of normal use without recharging. Mark Lawson-Statham, the company’s corporate finance chief said: “Our view is that this is a couple of years out but really it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?”
Battery technology has over the years been criticized since no improvement has been made. Former Motorola President Rick Osterloh said,”I would love to see a battery tech breakthrough.”
Fox reports that fuel cell technology is already competing with batteries in cars. Toyota recently announced that it is taking orders for its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle, which will compete with Tesla’s battery-powered electric cars.