Nokia Flexible Battery

Nokia Patents A New Ribbon-Like Battery

March 12, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

Alright, I’m going to be a little unprofessional right now… this is one of the coolest things I have seen recently.  This is truly innovative.  Nokia has successfully issued a patent for a bending and twisting battery that can handle torsion forces in all directions.  The battery is definitely a bit ahead of its time, being design for devices that can also bend in multiple directions with ease.  As of now, the closest thing that we really have to that is the LG G Flex with its naturally curved screen.  Of course, another limiting factor regarding phone design was that fact that batteries have traditionally been like small bricks in the back of phones, preventing a bending and twisting phone from existing.

Now, the big question:  How does this witchcraft work?  For those of you who are technically minded, here’s how Phone Arena described it:  “The battery apparatus consists of a single battery ribbon that’s spread in two blocks – the anode and cathode, connected with an interconnecting portion in-between. The ribbon is encased in vacuum packaging with its middle connecting portion configured to contact a first side of the interconnecting portion, and a second opposite side of the interconnecting portion.”  Now, that wording is kind of confusing, so here is the best translation I can come up with.  The battery is broken into its core components, the anode and the cathode, which is what makes the charges flow.  The anode and the cathode are separated by a ‘ribbon’, which is enclosed in vacuum packaging.  The ribbon allows for the charges to flow, and allows for the bending and twisting forces to be applied to the battery.

While Nokia has some big plans to but this battery type in almost all devices, the question remains how efficient the battery will be at its release, and if there is even a need for it now.  While this new type of battery could pave the way for more flexible display devices in the near future, they do not seem to have the market’s attention quite yet.  Regardless, I am excited for this, as it is truly innovative and can hopefully bring about some changes in the mobile world.  Do you agree or disagree with me?  Share that and any other thoughts you have in the comments down below!