Let’s Rethink The Battery

When you are changing batteries in your remote control, one of the primary concerns is to make sure that they don’t roll off the table and fall down. This may sound like a comic situation right now, however it happens to almost every one of us. So is coming up with a hexagonal shape the answer; is Hive the answer to this problem? According to the designers, Hive’s unique shape make them roll-safe and save a lot on packaging and shelf space. I believe there is a reason why those AA’s are round, if there were merit to the hexagon, Duracell and the likes would have picked up on it. What do you think?

Designers: Jin-young Yoon & Seong-hoon Jeong


  • Chris says:

    hm.. ever seen a industrie box with 520 eneloops? there isnt much space wasted, at least not as much as depicted above.

    and those i mentioned have the same self-selling look

    a cylinder is just way easier to produce..


    keep your head curious.

    cheers chris

  • Quintin says:

    The internals of batteries are rolled, that’s where the cylindrical shape comes from.

    If you where to make hexagonal cylinders, you’d probably have to give the batteries less capacity for the same size. Most likely completely losing the packing-advantage…

  • CCH says:

    Making hex batteries is not going to give you a greater charge per volume.

  • Justin says:

    understanding in the users point of view, its a damn nice product! (why didn’t i thought of it?) But, i just wonder, how is this battery is going to fit into conventional electronic appliances without any adjustment to be current battery holders?

  • daigoro says:


    batteries are cylindrical because of the technology they are made. It’s kind of a rolled paper with chemicals.

    Apple evolved that. They are shipping portable computers with batteries that are not round but square like. They save space and last longer.

    So… this design is not that good. This is a engineering issue, sorry.

  • Julio says:

    Hexagonal batteries are definitely cooler but wouldn’t square batteries do the trick even better? Always from a concept point of view, regardless the manufacturing processes.

  • Peich says:

    Well. Several drawback to your otherwise nice design:

    1. Production costs: The cost to replace all the machines used to make the batteriers would be astronomical.

    2. Production issues : The capacity would be lower than the actual cylindrical ones. So less power in the same space, no dice.

    3. Jobs: It is not a good idea to fire half of the people moving the batteries around in the middle of a crisis.

    Nice idea, it solves a couple of problems, but it makes up serveral more. So it doesnt work that good.

  • design+ says:


    how did apple evolve battery?

    by making them inaccessible and explode time to time?

    seesh, apple fan boys.

  • jacklizzard says:

    “apple evolved that” when was the evolution?

  • Duartemv says:

    Manufacture wise, round is cheaper!

    Also, I believe that batteries are almost a thing of the past!

    Inner rechargeable batteries are becoming more and more an industry standard. And with the wireless chargers ever more present, disposable batteries don’t make sense for me anymore!

    The only batteries I have at my home right now are for the TV remote…

  • daigoro says:

    I’m only a fan of Apple in the good stuff. On batteries, the evolution was using square batteries and making them inaccessible. Inaccessible means bigger batteries.

    They are accessible in the first place because they don’t last very long, so you can change them. But because the battery needs a case and socket, etc, they are smaller. Remember that the battery box is square but the batteries inside are round, so, think of the space lost.

    By making batteries square and wide and inaccessible you can have iPads, macAir, etc with huge battery life, comparing to the old ones.


  • Maryline says:

    I don’t see how storing batteries is a problem? “Eliminating the useless gap in between batteries” sounds good but when has that ever been a serious problem. Maybe what I should say is I’ll rather see a storage solution product for the batteries than change the entire battery for the sake of storage.

    The changes (new devices) to adjust to the new batteries are much greater than the impact of the problem that it resolves.

  • daigoro says:

    storing batteries is the problem. We could have electric cars if we had a solution for smaller and better batteries.

  • jtuduri says:

    This is a clear example of a one-sided design thinking, by focusing on only part of the “problem” the designer here arrived at an efficent solution. However, when considering the whole picture, this design fails to bring any real solution.

    Lack of investigation, i would say.

    On the plus side, presentation is pretty good. (Probably why it got featured here)

  • jacklizzard says:

    its stated like only apple that evolved the square batteries all by themself. i remember way back before 2005, i dissected a creative mp3 player, and the battery was there, rectangle and flat. sony also have came out with that kind of battery before apple.just its..replaceable…

  • daigoro says:

    Yeah, I don’t know who invented it and I’m almost sure it wasn’t apple. I apologize if I made the wrong impression on that. The evolution apple did was to have the courage to make them inaccessible on the core products they have, knowing that it wouldn’t be appreciated by everyone, and by doing this, they change the standard. They do this a lot.

    If it was really easy and fast and less frequent to charge a battery, why would anyone want to switch batteries? The idea is not to have the perfect “switch battery design”, but to have the “no need to change the battery design”.

  • Robyn Jane says:

    Ever wonder why honeybees make the cells in their hives hexagonal? It’s the most efficient use of the space at hand.

    Sometimes Nature knows what She’s doing, yes?

  • jacq says:

    pretty good .you know i mean the concept

  • Michael says:

    A whole lot of haters. I think it’s a great idea; being a home worker I need a lot of batteries and rolling batteries is a pain, plus storing all the dead batteries would be a lot easier with this concept.

  • Jimmy C says:

    Sorry Michael, but for once the haters are right. A hexagonal shape will hold less of a charge. Plus, think about how hard it will be to pull the batteries out! This is one concept in which the original device is better.

  • Grey says:

    Yeah most of the guys are correct, yet i think it is a problem that can be fixed. How about just one flat side? That will stop the roll and not effect packaging much.

  • Chris says:

    first theres is a difference between critique and hate.

    second yeah changing the now used batterie a little might just do the trick

    how about a sticker with a bump?

    cheers Chris

  • kev says:

    clearly an apply fan boy..
    apple did not design square computer batteries!!
    hate people who thinks apple invented it as they use it.. “apple invented the first smart phone” “apple invented the first mp3 player” “apple invented the first portable hard-drive” “apple invented the first laptop” “apple invented the first track pad”

  • kev says:

    my comment was directed at daigoro.. the apple fan boy who knows nothing about this world

  • daigoro says:

    as I already said:
    “Yeah, I don’t know who invented it and I’m almost sure it wasn’t apple”.

    read the full page, please.


  • daigoro says:

    …and I never said “invented”, I said “evolved”.
    And you have to agree that apple reinvented a lot of stuff and set the standard in many others.

    But this is not a discussion about apple. Sorry I ever mentioned that.

  • lmwodo says:

    i dont understand how would the packaging for these battery’s be?

  • kev says:

    sorry for my rage.. i just hate apple’s brand and it’s “image” and misleading concept that it puts on consumers

  • Hendrik says:

    well done i just love it men

  • Taffer says:

    Yes, hexes tessellate very well. In fact, circles tessellate the exact same way with minimal space if you offset them slightly. They’ll do this naturally if you scrunch them up, trying to emulate hexes. So just by changing the way those batteries are stacked in the designer’s last graphic, he’d have basically the same total space as his new “hive” batteries.

  • OBOGAN says:

    This Eco-concept look awesome at the first sight, but i wonder how he did her calculus for the LCC (life cycle cost) !
    did he included the process for making this new special shape, and the new method when it go’s to end of life ?
    I am sure in final, the final price and the carbon print will be worst than the original concept ^^
    but yeah, we need to think to something news even if we fail, we continue to try.

  • gameover says:

    God, the designer are just stupid !!
    we did round shaped because of the making process of the internal component, try doing 10000 cell with that shape, and present me the total time you used to do that shape and the amount of money you spend !!
    I am sure the final price for 1 battery will be min 100buck !!
    I have a much better design if i follow your poor way of thinking.

    A pure square shaped form, 100% no waste of space and delivering more power in final !!!

  • crazyeyes326 says:

    A hexagonal design has a few benifits. I can also see them being much easier to grip or lever out of that device our batteries love to get stuck in, forcing us to get a tool to lever them out (you all have at least one of these, don’t lie).

    However, in their “stacking” example? ROUND BATTERIES AREN’T STACKED LIKE THAT. The rows are staggered to minimize wasted space, just like any logical thinking person (or gravity) would do.

    And battery packaging isn’t eco-friendly? cardboard and plastic are both recyclables. Now BATTERIES, not so much. If you want to wow us with how eco-friendly your product is, instead of inventing a new battery to save you 10% on shipping costs, invent a battery that doesn’t poison the ground when we throw it away.

  • The battery’s are just awesome. I just liked them.

  • Jason says:

    There actually is no space-saving in packaging because of this design. The round batteries could just as easily be packaged the way the hexagonal ones are illustrated, and they normally are. It’s not like that “wasted space” between the round batteries is solid. The hexagonal ones would most likely be larger than normal batteries because the inside of a battery is rolled up. A cylindrical casing wraps nicely around it. If you threw hard edges on there, they would have to stick out from the cylindrical insides. This design does what too many designs do. Presents itself from a very skewed, limited viewpoint to make it’s design seem like it has a purpose. The only actual advantage these batteries have is that they don’t roll. But chances are they wouldn’t fit in most electronic devices. A lot of devices have rounded contours to hold the batteries, and these would not play nicely with them.

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