Are Batteries the Achilles Heel of Mobile?

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Achilles was the best warrior for the Greeks in the Trojan War. He was invincible because his mother baptized him in a sacred river by holding one of his heels. This then became the only unprotected part of his body. An enemy shot him in the heel at the height of a battle. Achilles was unable to get away and lost his life. Since then, an Achilles heel has referred to a point of weakness.

How Batteries Have Become the Achilles Heel of Mobile Devices

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Achilles Tendon: Anatomist90: CC 3.0

Scott Matteson writing in Tech Republic describes how his mobile battery went down while photographing a rock concert. “It was frustrating,” he thought to himself, “Surely we have GOT to be nearing the end of this struggle to keep our devices powered up!”

Scott points fingers at phone manufacturers for the problem. They keep piling on new features and apps, because these are what make people want to upgrade. However – and this is the core – those same people want thinner and thinner phones. Something has to give. Battery density can’t catch up with demand. This is the Achilles heel of the industry, he says.

Bigger, Better Screens and Faster Problem Processing

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Evenly-Yoked Horses: -Xocolatl: Public Domain

Scott Matteson points out bigger screens with better colors, faster CPUs, more memory, and various network communications are greedy for more energy. Moreover, the only batteries thin enough are lithium-ion and these are at the peak of their curve.

We can partly protect our battery Achilles heel by removing unnecessary apps, and stopping all unwanted background apps or services. Airplane or ultra-power saving mode, dimming the screen, and reducing our data consumption in general all make their contributions. However, we will not solve the underlying problem until batteries and phones yoke as evenly as those pairs of evenly-yoked horses.

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Preview Image: The Wrath of Achilles

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I tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will not deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time. My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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