New Flexible Battery Is 10 Times More Powerful Than Standard Lithium Batteries

More powerful and easier to manufacture than commercial standards, this battery is ideal for wearables and soft robotics.

A team made up of researchers from the University of California San Diego and California-based company ZPower recently developed a flexible, rechargeable silver oxide-zinc battery with a five to 10 times greater areal energy density than standard batteries. Not only does it perform better than most commercial flexible batteries, but it’s also easy to manufacture. Most flexible batteries require sterile conditions, under vacuum for manufacturing. This new battery can be printed in normal lab conditions, making it ideal for use in electronic wearables and soft robotics.

This battery’s areal capacity is 50 milliamps per square centimeter at room temperature, which is 10 to 20 times greater than the areal capacity of your standard Lithium-ion battery. Due to its lower impedance or the resistance of an electric circuit or device to alternative current, the battery has a higher capacity than current flexible batteries.

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