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New battery management technology could boost Li-ion capacity by 40%, quadruple recharging cycles

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.
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