It's encouraging then, to see companies actively pursuing new methods of storing power. While fuel cells are rumored to become the next big thing, another company has a more subtle approach. Zpower is preparing to demonstrate Silver-Zinc laptop batteries, using a technology they claim lasts a lot longer than existing designs. The first batch of these batteries will supposedly be manufactured within the next few months, and promise to increase battery capacity as much as 40%. That turns a two-hour run time into a three hour, or a five hour run time into a seven hour.
The battery technology also promises to cure woes of exploding batteries, due to its non-flammable nature. Further improvements include an increase in longevity, with the batteries not losing capacity in the first year of use. And while all this sounds good, very good, we'll believe it when we see it.