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Battery management system boosts battery by 40%

One of the biggest sources of frustrations for users of mobile devices, from laptops to smartphones, is the relatively short life and small capacity of their lithium-ion batteries. But one father and son team believe they have a solution for that, and it’s not a new type of battery, but rather a better way to manage the batteries so they can hold a bigger charge and last for more recharge cycles.

While we keep hearing about the coming age of the supercapacitor, which could have huge capacities and very quick charge times, it may be quite some time before we see them in the devices we use every day. In the meantime, it stands to reason that getting the most out of the batteries already in production would be a big step forward for the mobile tech industry. It would also make sense from an environmental perspective, because Li-ion batteries are already used to power a great number of gadgets, so making them last longer and hold more power would conceivably reduce the amount of waste associated with them.

Nick Sherstyuk, an electrical engineer, and his son Tim, a university chemistry student, began researching how they could prolong the life of Li-ion batteries, and after a year of trials, came up with a technology that works with just about any Li-ion battery, substantially extending its life and increasing its capacity. They patented theirgBatteries SmartG BMS (Battery Management System) in 2012, and are currently looking for an industry partner to get their technology integrated into current or future devices.

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