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  • A Nuclear Powered iPhone? Not so Fast!



    How this concept grew into a widely discussed topic on the web is far beyond my capacity for understanding, but, alas, there are some iPhone fanatics who have misinterpreted recent coverage of a new potential energy-harnessing battery and, as a result, started speculating about the prospect of a "nuclear-powered iPhone" arriving one day in the future.

    Sounds like a great idea. Someone flubs a jailbreak and suddenly their city gets nuked. Actually, the super battery in question isn't nuclear-powered at all, just as our friends at Dvice pointed out in their coverage of the scientific discovery. As it turns out, you can obtain a "super substance" when you crush the chemical xenon difluoride with the pressure of 1 million times our atmosphere. What results is a "little metallic-looking brick that amounts to the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage device ever created." In other words, its a potential battery that you would never have to charge.

    Even though the scientists responsible for the discovery at Washington State's chemistry labs admit that we have a long way to go "before this tech has a commercial application," there are reports and hype suggesting that Apple may soon look into the potential of this technology to devise future iPhone batteries that will last an entire lifetime without a single recharge. That sounds cool... but it probably won't ever happen. And we're certainly just as unlikely to see a nuclear-powered iPhone battery. The shear insanity of the suggestion doesn't even warrant a discussion of the many ways in which such a concept isn't practical, safe, or possibly even feasible.

    Nonetheless, a lot of iPhone enthusiasts are "charged-up" by the discovery of this "super battery," and, consequently, it's a safe bet that we'll be herring plenty more nonsense about it in the days and weeks ahead.

    Image via Dvice
    This article was originally published in forum thread: A Nuclear Powered iPhone? Not so Fast! started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. erickrm's Avatar
      erickrm -
      oh i totally saw this movie its called night and day! lol good movie too...

      nuclear powered iphone really guys... lol
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Do people really have that much issue with the iPhone battery. Even jailbroken I've never seen my iPhone go dead on power. Quit being cheap and buy a charger for your house and one for your car, How hard is that.
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Hey I'm the first ******* to post...1st hahaha....people are idiots. A battery never needing a charge would be great though!
      Douche.
    1. MasterfalcoJimmy's Avatar
      MasterfalcoJimmy -
      forget the iphone on this one give me 5 of those for my house (no more electric bill) and 1 more for my car no more runing out of battery lol imagine new cars running with that battery no more gas no more hybrids
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      hey guys! Why don't we harness a tiny black hole inside our iPhone batteries to draw an infinite amount of power from? Anybody? Anybody?

    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      What a great article
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      the real question is, what happens when you touch it to your tongue?
    1. dzjstern's Avatar
      dzjstern -
      Hmmm, seems fishy especially after seeing the latest movie "Knight and Day."
    1. asma123's Avatar
      asma123 -
      LOL "want to nuke your city? - There's an app for that"
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      The hell with the phone! I want this to power my house and car!!! Oh well guess in the mean time I'll have to settle for pre-oiled fish and sludge beaches and high fuel prices. :-(
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Sometime in the future... "iPhone 15 to be released Saturday with a new option for a super battery at the cost of $15,000."
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post

      How this concept grew into a widely discussed topic on the web is far beyond my capacity for understanding, but, alas, there are some iPhone fanatics who have misinterpreted recent coverage of a new potential energy-harnessing battery and, as a result, started speculating about the prospect of a "nuclear-powered iPhone" arriving one day in the future.
      I will explain it for you. The average internet user is an ignorant fool. That is all.

      Case in Point: A handful of people responding to this thread think you can nuke your city with a small nuclear battery.
    1. Jackf's Avatar
      Jackf -
      I can't help thinking that compressing something under 1 000 000 atmospheres would take a LITTLE bit of energy...
    1. lsufan51's Avatar
      lsufan51 -
      Quote Originally Posted by faschierbasis View Post
      I would be happy with a battery wich lasts more than a 4 hour busride.........!!!!!!!!
      For real. I carry my charger everywhere.
    1. Remember God's Avatar
      Remember God -
      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion; View Post
      the real question is, what happens when you touch it to your tongue?
      F***ing hilarious!!!!!
    1. Conas's Avatar
      Conas -
      Let's give "Not so fast!" a break at MMi for awhile..

      A nuclear battery is ridiculous. Non-renewable was sooo last week.

      Let's max out the solar panels and perpetual motion methods for energy =D
    1. lsufan51's Avatar
      lsufan51 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Wow. Charged up over something that will never happen. And if it does we won't be around to see it.

      Odds of that happening are about as good as kicking a 65yd soccer goal with both feet tied, blindfolded, against a 50mph headwind with 15 goalies in front of the goal.

      Imagine the implications of that kind of technology. We would no longer have an electric utility bill. Everything would be battery powered since it wouldnever have to be replaced. Utility companies
      would see massive drops in their profits. They
      wouldn't want that and would most likely lobby
      against such a device. What would happen if
      somebody all of a sudden developed a chemical
      additive that made any car achieve 50,000
      miles/gallon while keeping performance un-
      affected? They'd be assassinated in a
      day.
      One of the oil companies in the us holds a patent for a car engine that gets like 75 miles per gallon, just so it won't be manufactured. The energy companies would do the same thing with this. Buy the patent and put it on the shelf.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      If the iPhone has that battery it would cost a lot and apple would lose money on selling replacement chargers as well as third party companies that depend on these products.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by lsufan51 View Post
      One of the oil companies in the us holds a patent for a car engine that gets like 75 miles per gallon, just so it won't be manufactured. The energy companies would do the same thing with this. Buy the patent and put it on the shelf.
      Of course. Who could turn down billions of dollars from the govt for a buyout of technology of that magnitude? And the government would either weaponize the technology or make it disappear. How can one profit consistently on something meant to last forever? They would have one massive run of sales and once anything and everything is forever-powered.........then what!?!
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Hey I'm the first ******* to post...1st hahaha....people are idiots. A battery never needing a charge would be great though!
      you are a douchebag.