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Hitachi Maxell develops battery technology that promises 60% more energy from the same volume

Imagine getting 3,200 mAh of capacity out of something the size of a 2,000 mAh battery. That's exactly what Hitachi Maxell's new battery technology could do.
March 28, 2013

Imagine getting 3,200 mAh of capacity out of something the size of a 2,000 mAh battery. That’s exactly what Hitachi Maxell’s new battery technology can do. This isn’t the first time we’ve been promised battery technology that can revolutionize the mobile world, but what sets Maxwell’s new tech apart is that it really exists and isn’t just a theoretical technology. However, before you get too excited, we don’t have a commercial product yet, nor a roadmap for commercial deployment.

Besides delivering 60% more battery capacity, Hitachi’s new process is also said to slow down the battery degradation process. The end result is that batteries won’t just stay charged longer, they will last longer, too. No this isn’t black magic at work, it’s science.

For those wondering how the technology was developed, Hitachi Maxell first set out to monitor the movements of Li-ions in real-time. Using this data, Hitachi Maxell was able to develop a battery structure that can resolve stagnation of Lithium ions. It is this process that allows them to pack more power into a smaller form factor, while also helping improve the length of the battery’s lifespan.

What does this all mean for the consumer? Let’s face it, modern octa-core processors, Full HD displays, and other high-end smarpthone features take a huge toll on your battery. Right now, manufacturers have two choices: give us awful battery life or add extra bulk to their phones in order to give you the battery life you need to make it through a workday. With Hitachi Maxell’s tech, we might not have to give up on thin phones to get the capacity we crave.

Hitachi Maxell has no word on when their technology will start shipping into actual devices, but here’s to hoping we see such tech sometime soon.