Laptop Battery Makers Look for Alternatives

Don’t expect an upsurge in the lifespan of your current laptop battery, warns a CNET article.

The laptop battery industry, now more safety conscious after reports last year of Sony-battery powered laptops exploding into flames, can’t pack much more power into their products, the article quotes industry experts. The laptop battery industry can increase battery power by about 7 percent a year, but “that's hard to stomach for an industry that has grown up with Moore's Law,” the article notes. Moore’s law states that computing power doubles about every 2 years.

The industry is trying to come up with alternative metals to the lithium battery, but the new batteries bring their own set of problems.