Better Gadgets and Bigger Batteries; Some Thoughts On Battery-Life and Gadget Usability

March 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We are witnessing technology improvements happen at a blazing pace. Newer and faster processing chips come up every week; faster and higher-resolution gadgets hit markets every month.

With each and every update of the specs and features of the devices, power consumption usually goes for a jump. But it is unfortunate that these leaps are happening in a very imbalanced manner when compared to the power sources.

For example, we are finding the rapid improvement of technology with displays, chips, wireless transfer rates and all the lot, but what about developing better batteries (we don’t mean bigger ones)? The battery front of the gadget manufacturing is far behind than other components and it is causing issues to OEMs and users.

Look at how Apple has slapped three cells to the new iPad to almost double its battery capacity from 6944 mAh of iPad 2 to 11666 mAh to accommodate the power eating Retina Display and the faster chips.

The result? A thicker and heavier iPad and overheating issues.  But does it actually give any additional power life to users? No. It is rated as having roughly 10 hours of battery life, which is the same for iPad 2.

Well, that is not just the case with Apple, but every phone maker is slapping up bigger batteries to accommodate the power needs of the improving features.

But the biggest inconvenience is that the horrible time lag to get the power sacks recharged once they ran out of power.

The New iPad sometime takes nearly 4 hours to get 30 percent charged while devices like Galaxy Note have shown similar trends.

What we feel that it is high time to develop commercially viable but efficient technologies to make better batteries. OEM companies should think of the issue of prolonged charging times needed by these powerhouses. Or the feature rich upgrades may backfire on their users.

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