Lots of juice, self-recharging, and blessed with longevity. Such are the qualities that set these diminutive new fangled ultracapacitor-meets-lithium ion equipped batteries by Ioxus from the herd.
For the unfamiliar, an ultracapacitor is a nimble device capable of powerful bursts of energy. Though one of these babies won’t power your house or hybrid, Ioxus is targeting the plethora of handheld gizmos—everything from your phone to electric razors and power tools—that its ultracapacitor hybrids can run in perpetuity. At its molten core these are supposed to last longer than your average ultracapacitor and run things forever.
Too bad the picture above is still a prototype with its own set of kinks. Foremost is the longevity is rather stilted—one of these ultracapacitor hybrids only have enough in them for 20,000 cycles while your average ultracapacitor is capable of millions. Despite this shortcoming, a regenerative long-lived battery is the ultimate goal for the Ioxus team, who plan on rolling out a whole family of them soon.
The one pictured above already recharges itself under a minute and what is ultimately distributed by retailers on some unspecified date (a handful are already selling these, by the way) is being touted as an unstoppable game-changer. Imagine a world full of these little monsters, keeping your favorite gadgets at home and in the office humming with life. It’s been made known that Ioxus’ is eyeing military and scientific applications of their batteries, which is a no-brainer since both professions have infinitely more uses for self-charging batteries than the rest of us.