The biggest problem with mobile devices has been — and for the foreseeable future — will be the fact that battery technology is not advancing fast enough to keep up with the power needs of today’s mobile devices. Battery breakthrough is something technology enthusiasts dream about but rarely get.
This may have changed as Toshiba has announced a new technology called SCiB or Super Charge ion Battery. And the great news for battery enthusiasts (do people really fit such a moniker?) is that there are two breakthroughs here.
The first is that in five minutes the battery charges to 90%. This is huge for mobile users and car drivers as they can rapidly charge their devices.
The second breakthrough is battery life which the company says is ten-years under rapid charging stress.
The technology is also environmentally friendly as it will make it possible to have more flexible battery-operated vehicles and the batteries will last so much longer.
It seems impossible that battery technology could have improved this dramatically but according to Toshiba, you don’t need to pinch yourself. Generally when we get such good news there is a downside.
As many of us recall – whoops, poor choice of words, Sony’s batteries used in many laptops caused explosions. Toshiba says their SCiB technology is safer of course.
But one wonders what the drawbacks to this new technology are. Will the defect rate be high? Will there be health problems associated with it?
I am not trying to be an alarmist but it just seems the new Toshiba battery technology is too good to be true. I just can’t wait to see it in my next laptop, cell phone and car. I wonder how long it will be before this happens.
I hope Toshiba decides to send me one of these batteries soon to try out in my laptop and if it works as advertised I am sure many people will begin to think SCiB stands for “Seems Cool, I Believe”