The scenario is all too familiar: you charge your laptop and leave it untouched, only to return later and find that it has lost some of its charge. This frustrating phenomenon, known as self-discharge, has puzzled manufacturers and left users feeling helpless. Despite numerous attempts to understand why lithium-ion batteries tend to lose some of their charge over time, a solution has remained elusive.
However, Michael Metzger, a "Take the Lead" connector for Discover Halifax and researcher at Dalhousie University, has made a surprising discovery that could help solve this persistent problem for the industry. By identifying a common cause, a simple replacement could be the answer to addressing this ongoing issue.