Incredible New Battery Invented (in Off-topic)


AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] October 1 2007 3:56 PM EDT

30 year battery even says we may see this in the next 2-3 years. Being a bit of a gadget-o-phile myself, this makes me extremely happy.

QBRanger October 1 2007 3:58 PM EDT

I sure could use this as I have never had a laptop battery last more then 18 months.

QBsutekh137 October 1 2007 4:16 PM EDT

Hm, sadly it would appear that hype about these batteries has been around as early as May 2005. I hope this isn't one of those technologies that is always 2-3 years away -- so far it has been...

I need to do more research, though...

AdminJonathan October 1 2007 4:29 PM EDT

I call BS. :)

AdminNightStrike October 1 2007 4:37 PM EDT

Hmm.. there seem to be companies available to handle these:

http://www.betavoltaic.com/

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] October 1 2007 6:15 PM EDT

I wonder what would happen if very long life batteries came out, would all those large battery making companies get pissed and try to discredit them or what?

Mikel October 1 2007 6:27 PM EDT

Why do you think they won't make Light bulbs last very long?

The technology is already there to have them last years, but if they do that, then they'll knock themselves out of business. Probably the same thing with these batteries.

If the market gets flooded with them, then we won't need batteries for what? every 10-20 years or so? Companies can't survive that long while waiting for the demand to come back up.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] October 1 2007 6:56 PM EDT

We'll need these to power our bioware. ;) I call dibs on a brain wired PDA!

"Connect to the internet, Call Friends, Work and Play games, all from the comfort of your own skull. Powered by our new 30 Year lifespan batteries!"

Gibbson, so close I can almost smell the smartgun link. ;)

AdminJonathan October 1 2007 7:50 PM EDT

> Why do you think they won't make Light bulbs last very long?

They do. If you only get the cheap ones, you have yourself to blame. :)

Flamey October 1 2007 8:41 PM EDT

The energy efficient light bulbs that we are suggested to use here in Australia are supposed to last 3-5 years, and they are cheap.

QBsutekh137 October 1 2007 10:20 PM EDT

I think you have a point, Verifex. I'm not a conspiracy nut, but it _has_ to be true in capitalism that people protect their business model.

A mental exercise:

-- Let's say I make a cola. It's sells well.
-- Soon, I am growing, selling a lot of cola. I go public to get more capital and ride the wave of Capitalism to robber-baron greatness!
-- My cola sells here and abroad. We're global now.
-- Soon, the only way to gain market share is to take it from others.
-- Pepsi falls.
-- Coke falls.
-- At this point, every human in the world is drinking two 2-liters of my non-diet cola. Go ahead and make it 10 2-liters (my shareholders will not tolerate low-growth!)
-- The entire race gets fat. Really fat. They don't target me, though.
-- (But I still need to grow, grow, grow)
-- I begin lobbying to show that obesity is really quite awesome, and that people should drink more cola.

Do you disagree with the ending? The middle? The beginning, perhaps?

How so?

This is capitalism. Duracell, Energizer, Ray-o-vac -- these are mighty endeavors, generally parts of even mightier ones. If you think they wouldn't lobby, steal, cheat, and FUD in order to consolidate their various and sundry holds, you might be missing something. Not to mention, if that is what you think, you shouldn't own any stock. Not a single share. Public companies are doing _anything_ they can to make more money. That's the game; that's the point. Mindsets other than that are more naive than I am.

And that's pretty damn naive.

PoisoN October 2 2007 1:02 AM EDT

Well there is cheap small item that quadruples the durability of razor blades, and thus would save tons of steel and other materials every year, no big company showed serious interest since 1996, I wonder why :D

And that's just one of many examples.

lostling October 2 2007 1:54 AM EDT

whoot that is so cool!

Khardin October 2 2007 2:17 AM EDT

I dunno .. I think the manufacturer of these would make a fortune if they held some kind of patent position.. even without, I'd bet the manufacturing setup costs would be prohibitive .. and then with the proprietary sizing of batteries in different devices... $$$ Who is going to be using the same laptop in 30 years? Would it really be worth keeping yourself so far behind technology because your battery hasn't died yet?

lostling October 2 2007 2:19 AM EDT

30 years worth of torch batteries :) i will take that

lostling October 2 2007 2:21 AM EDT

or imagine if they manage to make a better one and use it in cars ;) that would be so cool

AdminJonathan October 2 2007 11:31 AM EDT

debunked

Flamey October 2 2007 11:36 AM EDT

Haha, snap.
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