In a world where the latest tech gadget feels like it is merely minutes old, some old-fashioned technologies have surprising staying power. For instance, video game controllers and Bluetooth computer keyboards use the same AA batteries that powered remote controls for televisions in the 1980s. Considering how rapidly technology is developed these days, why can’t we seem to improve upon the basic alkaline battery?
Well, one man thinks he can make the battery just a little bit better. Actually, make that 8 times better.
The Mind Behind the Batteriser
Enter Bob Roohparvar. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and thinks he has solved one of the basic problems with alkaline batteries. When batteries “die,” they typically aren’t actually dead. They just aren’t producing enough juice to power standard technology, which is typically rated at 1.5 volts.
But this isn’t because the juice isn’t there — it just isn’t getting used efficiently. If a battery is only producing 1.1 volts, for example, the device won’t work. As a result, most people are replacing their batteries when up to 80 percent of the power is still unused.
To solve this problem, Roohparvar has developed a deceivingly small metal sheath, called the Batteriser. It boosts the voltage of batteries, allowing those batteries to last up to 8 times longer. To help that claim sink in, let’s do some simple math. If you need 2 AA batteries to power your Bluetooth keyboard and are using the Batteriser, most people will have used 16 batteries in the time you use and replace two.
For a device that is so unassuming, Batteriser has the opportunity to revolutionize the portable power industry. All you have to do is put it on when you insert any new batteries. Its thin design measures at a mere 0.1 mm thick, which ensures that it is compatible with practically any electronic device.
However, despite its ultra-thin profile, it is designed to be used repeatedly. Fashioned out of stainless steel, the Batteriser is thin but durable. As an added bonus, the device is chemical-free, costs about as much as one set of batteries, and is approved for airline travel. This makes it safe, affordable, and portable!
The Potential Effects on Productivity
Certainly, the Batteriser could have a profound impact on both the environment and people’s wallets. But Roohparvar’s gadget is also advantageous for productivity technology. Obviously, laptops and tablets aren’t powered by alkaline batteries. But the more we work on computers, the more we turn to productivity peripherals. Bluetooth keyboards, for example, are often more comfortable than laptop keyboards if you plan to spend most of your day typing. The same is true of wireless trackpads or powered wireless headphones.
Computers may be the workhorses of productivity, but peripherals make work easier and more comfortable. But while wireless devices may make us more productive, they are only as useful as the batteries that power them. Nothing is more counterproductive than digging through the supply closet for a new set of AAs to get your keyboard back into operation. The Batteriser fixes this problem.
With the Batteriser, you’ll spend less time getting your peripherals to work, and more time working on your peripherals. Who doesn’t want that kind of productivity?
Putting These Batteriser Productivity Claims to the Test
The Batteriser makes some bold claims, but can Roohparvar back them up? In one simple yet highly effective demo, Roohparvar uses a Bluetooth keyboard to demonstrate just how much juice is left in dead batteries.
When the keyboard is turned on, the onscreen power indicator reads the batteries at 13 percent. For most users, this is the moment when they would consider replacing the batteries. However, instead of putting in fresh batteries, the old batteries are fitted with Batteriser sheaths. When the keyboard is reconnected, the power indicator reads 100 percent.
Batteriser didn’t just squeeze out another 10 percent, giving the keyboard a few bonus hours of power. Instead, the batteries were transformed from being near depletion to being full. If this demo is any indication, Batteriser is the real deal.
With his ingeniously simple device, Roohparvar isn’t just breathing new life into individual batteries — he’s revitalizing a relatively old technology. The Batteriser has the potential to make a lot of people’s lives easier, especially individuals who are looking to make their productivity peripherals more efficient. And for those of us who are focused on working efficiently and comfortably, Batteriser could be a game changer.
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