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Batteries without blazes


7 Feb, 2017 09:00 am

Scientists have created a new type of rechargeable lithium battery that substitutes the notoriously flammable component that triggered a series of mobile phone handset explosions with a more stable material.


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The solution, which has been created by researchers at Tufts University, replaces lithium-ion batteries' flammable electrolyte liquids with a plastic film, which is more heat resistant and does not even catch fire when a flame is held against it. 

The battery can also safely be gouged and physically destroyed without a safety risk. This is another advantage over potentially explosive and flammable lithium-ion batteries, found in devices such as Samsung's recently recalled Galaxy Note 7.

Thanks to its lithium metal component, the battery has a much greater energy-storage capacity compared to lithium-ion batteries.

Read more at HotHardware.com
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New technologies are resolving long-standing issues relating to lithium-ion batteries, boosting their safety and meaning they could soon be used in a wider range of devices.
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