Panasonic Develops Flexible Lithium-Ion Battery
These days it seems like lithium-ion batteries just cannot manage to stay out the news. From the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's fiery downfall to the CPSC’s
These days it seems like lithium-ion batteries just cannot manage to stay out the news. From the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s fiery downfall to the CPSC’s ruling to deem hoverboards unsafe due to the battery’s combustible nature – we’ve been privy to a lot of alarming stuff. Now, Panasonic wants in on the game.
The electronic giant announced that it has come out with a flexible lithium-ion battery that can recharge even after being bent or twisted.According to Electronics 360, the battery is only about .022″ inches thick, and could be used in card-type and wearable electronics where bending is part of natural motion.
This definitely makes Panasonic a viable player when it comes to wearable tech.
Panasonic reported that this new battery has an 80 percent initial capacity retention after testing. The physical makeup of the battery includes a laminated body and internal structure, which provides a welcome solution to the volatile batteries found in the Samsung Note 7 and hoverboards. Structurally, Panasonic’s model makes it more difficult for the battery components to leak or cause dangerous heating from the twisting, which, of course, would be a major concern with any products that use a lithium-ion battery, especially wearable tech.
Panasonic currently is currently in the sampling stage of this product with later plans to mass produce.