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  • Apple Patent Details Universal Battery and Charging System



    Apple products and removable batteries have a hate-hate relationship. Apple hates them, and we hate that they don’t have them.

    Which makes Apple’s latest patent just that much more insane: A patent for a universal battery system. Patent #8,269,453 “Battery Charging System for Mobile and Accessory Device,” details a system where universal removable battery packs can be used to power devices like your wireless keyboard, phone, mouse, and other accessories.

    While the patent is promising, don’t bet on Apple introducing the technology any time soon. Even though the prospect of having a battery pack that could both be charged by your Macbook Pro or extend the laptop’s battery life is enticing if not revolutionary. The batteries themselves could even have “serviceable” cores that could be replaced if and when the lithium elements go bad.

    The tech is based off a patent originally filed for in 2007, with the current patent dating back to 2010. While all of the ideas held within are fantastic, the fact Apple owns this patent is a little saddening considering the company’s stance toward removable batteries, let alone shared battery systems.

    Source: USPTO [via Engadget]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Patent Details Universal Battery and Charging System started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      There are battery packs that come in various sized from small hard drive to notebook that have USB ports to charge different devices at once. They will probably hold much more charge compared to the flashdrive sized solution the drawings are showing and are just as portable. How is this revolutionary and how did they even get the patent?
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      Reminds me of the quick-swap gang charger for my old Logitech G7 mouse.
    1. garfielgato2's Avatar
      garfielgato2 -
      Does that mean that we might be able to pre replace our batteries in our iDevices?
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      No just means Apple wants you to pay a premium for their "revolutionary" Lightning Bolt charger. Which in reality will just be an external battery that can be purchased anywhere on the internet these days.
    1. iAdamir's Avatar
      iAdamir -
      Apple products and removable batteries have a hate-hate relationship. Apple hates them, and we hate that they don’t have them.

      Nope, we don't hate that.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by iAdamir View Post
      Apple products and removable batteries have a hate-hate relationship. Apple hates them, and we hate that they don’t have them.

      Nope, we don't hate that.
      I've never had the need to replace a battery on a iPhone! Although there has been times when being able to swap one like when camping would have been better than the external case charger!
    1. n0id's Avatar
      n0id -
      sounds great for the iPhone5 & iPod5g, something that wont to bulky in your pocket.. I'll definitely buy one as long if they keep under $60 and I get at least 1-2 full battery charge out of it, so i dont have to buy a bulky extra life battery case when they come out..
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      I diny get the removable battery argument, what's so bad about carrying a small external battery as opposed to an actual replacement battery???
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Argh nm