Imagine a world where you can charge your batteries in seconds, rather than hours—and the size of the battery doesn't limit the size of the device.
Battery Technology Basics
It may not be the coolest subject in the world of video production, but your batteries can be the most important part of your video shoot since without them, you can't shoot. Period. I used to say without media and batteries, but some cameras shoot to an internal drive, so as long as the camera is powered you can record. (Unless, of course, your drive is full... a different discussion for another time!)As devices got smaller, the one big conundrum for manufacturers was where to put the battery because batteries weren't coming down in size. And, as most shooters know, sometimes you want to "upgrade" to a bigger longer-life battery, and these bigger batts—affectionately called "bricks," can be beasts! Not only are we limited by the size of the battery, but we're chained to its charge-life, too. Battery technology hasn't changed much - but some researchers in a "nano-engineering laboratory" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say a small format, long-life, fast-charging battery is coming to a device near you soon. William P. King, the mechanical science and engineering professor who led the research team, says they are working on a lithium-ion battery with two-thousand times the power than current batteries.