Apple Takes Out Battery Patents That Could Last For Days, Even Weeks Without Recharging!

Friday, December 23, 2011
By Don Williams

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Apple has always had a thing for long lasting batteries, and now, if a new patent says anything, it may provide its future devices with enough juice for them to last for days, if not for weeks on end!

One patent, entitled simply ” Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device”, Apple says, as noted by ZDNet, helps to address an “increasing awareness and desire” among consumers for better and renewable forms of energy,” and that they believe that:

“Fuel cells and associated fuels can potentially achieve high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities, which can potentially enable continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refueling,” which, of course, if achieved could prove to be a killer feature that would make any electronic device all the more desirable by a huge factor!

ZDNet also stated that another Apple patent application:

“describes how this fuel cell would work in tandem with a rechargeable battery, so the fuel cell could charge the battery and vice versa. ‘This eliminates the need for a bulky and heavy battery within the fuel cell system, which can significantly reduce the size, weight and cost of the fuel cell system,’ according to the patent application.”

As far as fuel-power cells goes, one report recently pointed out that a gallon of gas, for instance, could recharge an iPhone for up to 20 years! As far as a fuel source goes, Apple states that its patents would be able to take advantage of several different kinds fuels, thus making them all the more useful, functional and valuable.

Of course, a patent is just that, a patent. It shows where Apple is going, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will find their way into the marketplace, but I sure do hope so. Who wouldn’t want a device that could last days, or even for weeks on end without the hassle of needing to be recharged, or should I say, in this case, refueled?

Editor’s note: Apple product batteries already last for days. iPod lasts for many days, iPhone battery generally lasts 2 days, and iPad lasts a week with moderate use. But of course it’s always great to see more battery life on the scale of the iPad.


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