Apple Files A Patent For Fuel Cells That Could Power MacBooks For Weeks

Posted: Sep 7 2015, 12:54pm CDT | by , in News | Apple


Apple Files a Patent For Fuel Cells That Could Power  MacBooks For Weeks

If 12 hours battery life was not enough, here is the solution to satisfy your battery needs

A new patent recorded by Apple provides an insight at the company's enthusiasm for a technology that uses fuel cells to control its devices.

The patent, which Apple applied for in March and was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is for a "fuel cell system to power a portable computing device."

Specifically, this technology could be used for Apple's MacBooks. The patent makes a reference to Apple's MagSafe connectors used in their laptops.

Battery life has dependably been a thorny issue for some hardware manufacturers. Despite the fact that Apple's MacBooks can last up to a day on their 10-hour battery life, the patent focuses on a technology that can expand the life of a MacBook to a few days or even weeks with the use of fuel cells.

Fuel cells are a good alternative to lithium-ion batteries. They are used in most devices because they pack in a lot more energy in a smaller package.

By combining an oxidizing agent, usually oxygen, with a fuel, such as hydrogen, fuel cells can generate electricity while producing a small amount of heat and water vapor in the process.

However, Apple's patent includes a number of potential fuels like sodium borohydride and water and lithium hydride and water etc.

In any case, the system requires the use of disposable cartridges that must be uprooted and renewed once they come up short on power, and doing as such may be viewed as badly designed for users who are used to simply connecting to their MacBooks into an outlet by the day's end.

Also, the cartridges may consume up extensive room, and considering Apple's inclination for lighter and slimmer MacBooks, the use of fuel cells brings up an issue.

Still, this is not the first time Apple has turned to an alternative source of power for its devices.

Simply a week ago, a British firm called Intelligent Energy, reputed to be working intently with Apple, effectively furnished an iPhone 6 model with its own protected fuel cell system that makes it keep going for a whole week.

Aside from a back vent from which warmth and vapor are permitted to get away, there are no progressions to the iPhone's appearance.

Likewise, the iPhone is refueled by inserting hydrogen through a repurposed earphone attachment.

However, even Intelligent Energy's executives believe the technology it outfitted into the iPhone 6 is not yet ready to hit the market for at least another two years.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.




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