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LG Researchers Create Wire-Like Batteries

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LG scientists create rugged cable-shaped batteries that can be coiled and knotted.

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 , September 7, 2012 2:35 AM
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    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 , September 7, 2012 2:35 AM
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    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 , September 7, 2012 2:46 AM
    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 , September 7, 2012 3:35 AM
    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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    lpedraja2002 , September 7, 2012 6:03 AM
    LG is in everything! They make TV's, Smartphones, Air Conditioners, Microwave ovens, Vacuum cleaners, stoves, dryers, refrigerators! And I'm that's not even half of what they make.
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    Onus , September 7, 2012 10:15 AM
    This is very cool, and should fit most anywhere. The "battery around the bezel" idea could free up all kinds of internal space in a device for other things.
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    ozvip3r , September 7, 2012 11:46 AM
    Pretty amazing if they can get them to be that discrete.
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    sheepsnowadays , September 7, 2012 1:56 PM
    joytech22They 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.

    That would make changing the battery a pain the in A$$
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    jabliese , September 7, 2012 2:25 PM
    Dear LG,
    Forget textiles. Go leather, put it in a snazzy belt! The larger you are, the more battery time you have. Thank you.
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    dark_lord69 , September 7, 2012 3:54 PM
    How about they use this and design a carrying strap battery. It would provide a battery and the user could wear it around thier neck... (well, as long it it's not toxic or something)

    This would be great to put into the straps on a backpack, plenty of length would mean plenty of power and you could use the backpack to charge your phone/iPad etc..
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    freggo , September 7, 2012 4:38 PM
    jablieseDear LG, Forget textiles. Go leather, put it in a snazzy belt! The larger you are, the more battery time you have. Thank you.



    Damn, had the belt idea too the moment I read the article; now you beat me to the patent office :-)
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    nukemaster , September 7, 2012 4:56 PM
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    Dear LG,
    Forget textiles. Go leather, put it in a snazzy belt! The larger you are, the more battery time you have. Thank you.

    HAHAHA!!!
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    HappyBB , September 11, 2012 9:15 AM
    News like this really excites me as how new technology can improve human lives!