Boston-Power is working on a new high-capacity notebook battery that will recharge 80% of its capacity in only 30 minutes. The firm also claims this battery will perform like new for three years.
Boston-Power tweaked elements in lithium-ion batteries to build a battery for notebooks that has in the area of 4.4 amp hours of power per cell. Typical common notebook batteries today have only 2.6 amp hours of power by comparison. News.com reports that Boston-Power has signed an agreement with GP Batteries in China that will give it the production capacity to make one million batteries per month by the end of 2008.
With the massive battery recalls due to fire hazard in 2007 lots of attention is focused on the safety factor of lithium-ion batteries. The risk of fire lithium-ion batteries pose has long worried the FAA and air travelers and resulted in new battery bans from the FAA that went into effect on January 1, 2008.
Boston-Power says that it uses a new housing for its battery that is made from a metal alloy, rather than iron and will remain intact in the event of a short circuit. Boston-Power also builds a unique interrupt system into its batteries to shut them down permanently in the case of an impending thermal reaction.