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Lithium Batteries can be charged faster in the near Future: Scientists

The study noted that storing electrical energy more quickly than current electrodes is important for future applications in portable electronics and electric vehicles

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Chicago, Jan 20, 2017: Lithium batteries can be charged faster in the near future as scientists have got new insights into why adding charged metal atoms to tunnel structures within batteries improve their performance.

Rechargeable lithium batteries have helped power the ‘portable revolution’ in mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers.

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“Understanding these processes is important for the future design and development of battery materials and could lead to faster charging batteries that will benefit consumers and industry,” said Saiful Islam, Professor at the University of Bath.

The team from the University of Bath and University of Illinois-Chicago also found a way to develop new generations of lithium batteries for electric vehicles that can store energy from wind and solar power.

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The study noted that storing electrical energy more quickly than current electrodes is important for future applications in portable electronics and electric vehicles.

“Developing new materials holds the key to lighter, cheaper and safer batteries, including for electric vehicles which will help cut carbon emissions,” added Islam in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications. (IANS)

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Global Market For Refurbished Smartphones At A Hike

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.

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The global market for refurbished smartphones slowed to one per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in 2018, reaching close to 140 million units, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday.

According to Counterpoint’s “Refurbished Smartphone Tracker”, the secondary industry slowed due to the 11 per cent drop in new smartphone sales in key supply countries like China and the US. The drop in new device sales led to a decline in devices flowing into the secondary market.

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Refurbished Smartphone Tracker”, the secondary industry slowed due to the 11 per cent drop in new smartphone sales in key supply countries like China and the US. Pixabay

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.

“The US and China markets saw lower upgrade cycles in 2018, which affected the flow of devices into the secondary market. In addition, China and US trade tensions held up devices in customs much longer than normal. This was especially true during the first half of the year,” Tom Kang, Research Director at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

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Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.
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Higher percentage of refurbished devices were sold with warranty.

This greatly helps overcome consumer hesitancy to purchase refurbished devices, the market research firm added. (IANS)