Since Samsung allowed exchanges or refunds for all of their Galaxy Note 7 because of the battery overheating and in some cases actually catching fire there has been extensive research into why this was happening. In early October the phones manufacture was discontinued costing the company extensive losses in revenue just two months after its release sinking Samsung’s flagship in a sea of uncertainty.
Now Virginia Tech Associate Professor of Chemistry Louis Madsen believes that his research could solve those issues that the Galaxy Note 7 suffers with.
Current battery technology uses Lithium-ion batteries in order to keep the batteries slim, but Lithium is a volatile material, overheating due to several reasons.
Madsen stated that his research into this problem has led to a product that could replace the currently used Lithium-ion battery with a much safer option. This would be superb news as with the advancement of technology relating to software and some hardware the battery that powers the smartphone has not changed even though it is expected to power all of those apps we so enjoy using. Currently the only option is to get a clip on battery pack which is aesthetically unattractive and also adds bulk to the whole device.
The whole concept of a mobile device that is totally portable is what appeals to the consumer, a device that we can personalize to our own tastes whether that is playing games and saving the world against alien invasion, or playing at your favourite online casino, checking your health, booking a holiday or simply keeping in touch with family and friends like playing at Moon Bingo where you can enjoy the ever popular games with all the variations that are enjoyed in an environment that is social, safe and secure. The last thing that anyone wants is the potential of their mobile device catching fire whilst in a pocket or bag.
A non-flammable product that would work as well as the current batteries do would be a great step forward, currently thermal testing shows that Lithium-ion batteries begin to degrade around 80%c whilst the product that Madsen has developed will operate well until it reaches 330%c before it begins to degrade.
This is because most of the main materials that are used in the Lithium-ion batteries were developed between twenty to twenty five years ago with only minor alterations along the way. Companies have come up with some innovations to improve the battery, but these innovations have not been in the major league leading companies to push the limits of the batteries and its technology attempting to get more storage out of the battery by making those layers inside the battery thinner so the battery takes up less space. This leads to more heat in the same area which inevitably led to overheating as was seen in the Note 7.
This recent overheating and potential for fire has raised concerns in customers about how safe the devices are, although Madsen stated that phone overheating was not a serious everyday problem, but that a product that sounds too good to be true, maybe there are problems with it.
At present companies are being contacted by Madsen about implementing the product his research found into their phones. Whether this will put the price up of the phone is not clear, but it is certain that we really do need a battery that has a longer life than is currently offered, a battery that interacts well with other materials that go to construct the phones.