LG Ties its Own Batteries in Knots
One of LG's many divisions has developed a range of flexible batteries that it expects will be used in the wave of flexible and strange shaped mobile devices that are expected to arrive over the next few years.
The company said that it has developed three classes of new battery - Stepped, curved and cable.
LG Chem says that it is already mass producing stepped and curved batteries. Stepped Battery from its Nanjing plant has been manufactured since July to power the LG G2 smartphone.
However, production of a Cable Battery shall begin in upcoming years.
First of all, Stepped Battery refers to an integral type of a battery in which two batteries are added on top of each other in the shape of "step design."
For example, recent mobile devices have been adopting round shapes and designs with rear buttons creating unnecessary "dead space" inside the gadget. With Stepped Batteries, the dead space can be filled up to fully power the handset and also increase the battery capacity.
In fact, the company claims that the battery density has increased the capacity by 16%.
At the Nanjing plant, LG Chem plans to launch Stepped Battery that goes beyond 3 to 4 step designs, stacking up more batteries into one single type depending on customer needs.
In addition, LG Chem's Curved Battery refers to packs that can power IT devices with curved screen or flexible designs such as smart phones, watches and glasses. The company has the exclusive patent of Stack & Folding technology which reduces physical stress when realizing the curved design of battery packs.
The mass production of Curved Battery has been started since this month and the company confirmed that they will be used in new smartphones from the company.
Lastly, Cable Battery is applied to IT devices that are bendable, wearable and even be tied into a knot. Because it has been designed to use low electricity, the battery does not heat up although the user may operate the device for a long time. Moreover, the waterproof features of the battery allow itself to be used in wearable gadgets, from necklace types to smart watches.