Big Tech is always looking for ways to make our working lives better. And over the past couple of years, that’s been a real challenge. But amongst all the productivity-boosting and communication-improving tools, we’ve still struggled with one thing: battery life.

There’s always at least one device waiting to be plugged in.

Last week, we learned that Windows 11 is currently testing a new Efficiency mode feature.

It will allow us to switch any apps that drain resources – and battery life – to Efficiency mode rather than closing them down. Not only will that mean that our devices run at optimum speed, but it will also keep laptop batteries charged for longer and maybe even boost their overall life.

While this longed-for feature is only in preview mode, for now, we should see it rolling out later this year if the testing works OK.

And it sounds like it’s just the first of many new battery innovations we’re going to see over the coming years.

We rely on batteries for so much in our everyday lives: Our phones, laptops, and tablets, even our cars. As a result, the biggest brains invest huge amounts of time and money in improving them for our convenience and the planet’s sake.

It also means that developments in the performance of the technology we use can continue to move forward. Because many things will only work as well as their batteries will allow them to.

More powerful batteries = more powerful tech.

We’re likely to see new materials change our expectations of batteries soon. There’ll be more wireless charging too, and high-speed magnetic charging will become increasingly common.

It’s also possible that we’ll see batteries being replaced entirely. We’ve already seen Samsung launch a solar-powered TV Eco Remote, which can also use a Wi-Fi router to charge itself. This may become the norm for low-energy devices.

Of course, as with most innovations on this scale, it will come at a cost. But, unfortunately, these new batteries come at a much higher production and material cost, resulting in an elevated price.

What are your thoughts on battery innovation? Would you be prepared to spend more on things like chargers if they saved you time and were better for the environment?

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