Does anyone have a smartphone charger? No?
The Mini Power: Tiny, disposable cardboard batteries or “Power pills” provide your smartphone with an additional two, four or six hours of charge when you most need it.
Dubbed the winning entry at the 2014 Red Dot Design Awards, paper-based battery technology, Mini Powers, harbor a small capacity of charging power for urgent use.
Guess what else? You could potentially buy them cheaply at convenience stores or from vending machines.
Disposable smartphone batteries have failed due to major flaws in the past, the biggest being the environmentally friendly factor. Tsung Chih-Hsien, the winner of the “Design Concept” award, has proposed a cardboard shell to address this very issue, but the core would still be made of lithium and other potentially hazardous materials, and would therefore need to be responsibly recycled.
How long do iPhone batteries last?
Battery life depends on the amount of use, but Apple rates the lifespan of an iPhone battery at around 400 complete charges. Without easy battery replacement, iPhones don’t last that long. This is when consumers usually start tossing old phones into junk drawers or even the trash to pick up a new one.
The universal charger
A new regulation by the EU aims not only to make the lives of consumers more convenient, but also to help reduce e-waste that is worsened by having to buy different chargers for some devices. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) estimates that e-waste from computers and mobile devices come to more than 500,000 tons each year.
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