My Gripe With Batteries

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Amidst all the latest technology in our smartphones and tablets, one of the key areas that have not changed much is in regards to battery technology. The thing that keeps our devices up and running is the very thing that hasn’t improved much. The only reason our phones last as long as they do is because they either have battery efficient software or our devices have a bigger battery installed. However, my gripe with this is that the battery itself is still for the most part unchanged.

I think having a 2K display is definitely an amazing experience, especially when watching videos or taking pictures, however the better and bigger the display, the faster the processor, the better the camera and the battery life is certainly bound to take a hit. In almost every major device that is released, one of the problems consumers face is whether or not they will have enough juice to keep them connected until they go to sleep. While many of us carry external battery packs or chargers to ensure that this doesn’t happen, the fact that battery technology for the most part hasn’t changed is frustrating.

Of course, I don’t know everything about batteries and how they work, however what I do know is that they are able to hold a certain amount of charge for a given period of time and every second of every minute, a small portion of that charge is naturally lost. In addition, the more applications we open and the more resource intensive the task is, the more battery power it also uses.

Likewise, when you’re playing games or taking pictures, many times our phones tend to heat up and the battery percentage quickly decreases as opposed to when we’re texting or calling someone.

I know software plays a huge part in affecting battery usage, but I think improvements in creating an innovative battery that keeps it’s charge for an extended period of time, whether it be in standby mode or in real-time usage, would be a huge plus for everyone.

I’m not saying that there aren’t currently any people working on newer battery technology, rather I’m hoping that this new technology comes out sooner.

What are your thoughts on this? Am I being overly critical on the current state of battery technology? Comment below! I’d love to hear your reactions!

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