The quest to make batteries last longer has led to some interesting concepts. The focus haa narrowed mainly to two areas: capacity and recharge. Here is a look at 10 paradigm shifting battery concepts, many with some added whacky functionality.
10) The Wind Up Battery by Qian Jiang
As the name suggests, the Wind Up Battery includes a hand crank to rev it up with juice. Just in case you don’t have the electric point in handy to do the honors.
9) Pushup Mint Battery #2 by mintselect @ mintpass
Mintpass is know for their realistic life form products and this cute Pushup Mint Battery #2 is another fine example. It recharges via a USB port or with winding.
8 ) Hungry Batteries by Mac Funamizu
As their power dwindles, the Hungry Batteries change their form and reduce in size. The new svelte look is easier to pop out and act as a visual indication that their juice has run out. Clever!
7) IF Battery Concept by Qian Jiang & Yiying Wu
The IF Battery doesn’t require a charging station like traditional rechargeable batteries. It has a two-pin prong concealed to one side that pop out when you need to recharge it.
6) DAB Digital Radio by Anton Webb
Technically this is not a battery but a kitchen radio under guise, nevertheless it’s a clever design with Dieter Rams’ principles kept in mind. Good Design is as little design as possible!
5) Salt&Pepper Cell by Antrepo Design Industry
A part of the “I’m not product series”, the D size battery Salt&Pepper Shakers are a playful take on the real thing. It is a very clever design that includes minute details like the indicative power strip on the sides, which correlate to the amount of spices left in the shakers.
4) AtoD Rechargeable Battery by Pyeong Joo Goh, Jong Seung Choi & Ji Soo Hong
One size fits them all, presenting the AtoD Rechargeable Battery, which goes from AA to C to D sizes in a jiffy! The body is constructed out of Memory Foam and can be squeezed to any size. I simple adore its versatility.
3) Switch Battery by Ren Tong & Luo Jie
We all know that unused batteries lose their charge overtime, although it’s a slow process. Nevertheless, if we were to add a switch to the battery just to prevent the current loss, wouldn’t the planet be a happier place? Of course, it would!
Innovative AA & AAA batteries that include a minitype LED within the body, that converts it to a handy flashlight! I’d love to see a working prototype of this.
1) Icon Battery by Essential TPE
What can I say about this iconic battery for the iPhone; it’s a real product and I’ sure its feels as groovy as it looks in these images!