Sony working on Olivine-Type wonder batteries…outlets cry out in happy harmony

by Mike
Posted August 11th, 2009 at 12:28 pm


Any gadget aficionado is more than likely very familiar with their local electrical outlets. Gadgets, especially feature rich, drool inducing gadgets love to suck batteries dry. Unfortunately, batteries have so far failed to keep up with the demands that all of these extra features demand of them. Thankfully, Sony is working on one of many solutions out there that looks to be pretty intriguing. The new batteries feature an Olivine-type material inside that is considerably more energy dense than Lithium-ion of current.

Specifically, the Sony made Olivine type batteries have an energy density of 95Wh/kg and a power density of 1800W/kg with an extended lifetime of 2,000 charge/discharge cycles! Even more impressive, Olivine batteries retain up to 80% of their original capacity through that 2,000 charge/discharge cycle. In comparison, Lithium-ion batteries start showing their 80% limit in as little as 300 charge/discharge cycles with some of the more recent lithium-ion attempts by Apple going as high as 1,000 charge/discharge cycles while still holding on to 80% of their original capacity. Perhaps even more important and note worthy is that these Olivine batteries can be charged up to 99% capacity in a mere 30 minutes! Not only do these little wonder batteries last substantially longer, they are much faster in recharging meaning less down time for you and your gadgets.

At first, power tools will be the only gadgets to get this new found technology with consumer electronics to follow not too long after. Excited?

Source: Gizmodo, Sony Insider

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