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IEEE Seeks Mobile Battery Standard

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IEEE Seeks Mobile Battery Standard

It may have taken a whopping seven years to finally ratify wireless n, but industry body the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) now believes it can agree a standard for rechargeable cellular batteries.

The aim is to formalise the quality and reliability of lithium ion and lithium ion polymer batteries within the mobile phone industry, though any standard would likely soon bleed into other sectors - notably laptops and netbooks.

"The cellular industry has grown tremendously since IEEE Std 1725 was first approved in 2006, as have the patterns of people using cellular phones," said Jason Howard, chair of the IEEE's 'Cell Phone Battery Working Group' which has been put in charge of agreeing the standard. "With today's consumers demanding more processing strength and better power management from their phones, it is time for us to review and revise the standard to make sure that it covers the latest developments in battery technology and industry knowledge."

Besides, quality and reliability "battery pack electrical and mechanical construction, packaging technologies, and pack and cell level charge and discharge controls and overall system considerations" are part of the group's wide ranging remit. The first meeting of the Cell Phone Battery Working Group will be on 16-18 February with the IEEE rather optimistically claiming its approach "often allows for standards creation in one to two years." I'm doing my best not to choke on my breakfast reading that, but it's hard not to back any programme which aims to create industry standards and bring order out of chaos. With today's ever more powerful and demanding portable devices it is long overdue as well.

That said, I can't see this one getting sorted before 2015...

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Press Release via BusinessWire

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December 21, 2009, 7:55 am

Extremely good idea but yeah very difficult to implement.





If I was to go about this I would create maybe 4 sizes and shapes of batteries for phones and then set about getting the battery manufacturers and phone manufacturers to phase it into products going forward. The same could happen for laptops, but they are made up from several AA sized cells anyway so not quite as much of an advantage. Moving to the new Apple type brick polymer batteries might see more of a benefit from this approach. (Just to note polymer batteries were not invented by Apple they just seem to the the first ones to actually employ common sense in putting them into their laptops).





I don't see any point in imposing a sudden change but in time this could massively reduce battery waste, lead to increased battery recyclability, lower production costs and maybe even lead to better performing batteries! Good news all round :)

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