A new device is set to give any disposable battery – from AAA to D – eight times its usual lifespan by keeping its voltage boosted to just above what most appliances consider ‘dead’. Developed by US-based start-up, Batteroo, the so-called ‘Batteriser’ is a stainless steel sleeve that you can clip onto any battery, and because it’s just 0.1 mm thick, it can fit into any kind of device, including TV remotes, torches, bluetooth keyboards, and console controllers.
The idea behind the Batteriser is that a new alkaline battery will be able to generate 1.5 Volts for some time, but as soon as its voltage drops to 1.4 Volts or below, most devices write it off as dead. This means that when we’re throwing out what we think are spent batteries, we’re throwing out something that still has 80 percent of its energy left inside. And that’s where this new voltage booster technology comes into play.
“The Batteriser has boost circuitry that will boost the voltage from 0.6 volts to 1.5 volts and will maintain voltage at 1.5 – which is a brand new battery,” one of the team behind the invention, electrical engineer Bob Roohparvar, told Jon Phillips at PCWorld.While this technology behind the Batteriser voltage booster has been around for many years, the difference here is that Roohparvar and his team have managed to shrink it down enough so it will fit inside any battery compartment you throw at it. “The key is we’ve been able to miniaturise the boost circuit to a point that no one else has been able to achieve,” Roohparvar said. Source: This new $2.50 device extends disposable battery life by 800%