LG Researchers Create Wire-Like Batteries

While LG has been busy establishing itself as an electronic giant, most people wouldn't know that the company is also responsible for one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Called LG Chem, the electronic giant's chemical company has developed a battery with an interesting new form factor. The flexible, cable-like battery measures only a few millimeters in diameter, but is strong enough to be tightly wound and even tied into knots.

It goes without saying that wire-shaped batteries can be a useful form factor to power a large range of electronic devices, but the company still has some work to do for practical applications. During testing phases, the researchers were able to power an iPod Nano for up to 10 hours, but the required cable battery ran a length of 25 centimeters.

Hoping to mass produce these batteries by 2017, LG will spend its next steps in development shrinking down the battery, allowing eventual updates to be discreetly woven into textiles. According to LG, when these flexible batteries make their way into mass production, you can expect to see an explosion of electronics in new form factors.

 

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  • nukemaster
    Quote:
    According to LG, when these flexible batteries make their way into mass production, you can expect to see an explosion of electronics in new form factors.

    With all the battery issues these days. is that the right word to use?
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  • nukemaster
    Quote:
    According to LG, when these flexible batteries make their way into mass production, you can expect to see an explosion of electronics in new form factors.

    With all the battery issues these days. is that the right word to use?
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  • jamie_1318
    But how much do they cost and weigh vs energy capacity (Wh) and electrical output (Wpeak)?

    The Form-factor is appealing because they can be wound into any free space, almost regardless to size.
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  • joytech22
    They should use this technology to make longer lasting batteries in devices.
    How you may ask?

    Implement the battery around the bezel of the device to provide that extra juice one might need throughout the day.

    A battery that can be tied into knots should have no issue with a few bumps, and unless you drop it onto a saw or something I don't see a leak happening.
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