This article on Slashdot decries the “ultracapacitor” as the next big thing in terms of mobile computing and electricity-powered vehicles, and as we all know, what powers your laptop today will eventually trickle down to power the power tools of tomorrow. And the battery requirements of electric cars are very similar to that of power tools.
The long and short of it is that you may soon see power tools with less capactity but much, much shorter recharge times — like less than two minutes. For example, the DeWalt pictured above only runs for about three minutes, or enough to drive 30 wood screws. But it recharges in just one minute.
If all this sounds familiar, it should. We wrote about one of this concept’s early-to-market products recently.
If you’ve got a minute, check out the Slashdot article as the second link below — a NASA document describing the current state of ultracapacitor technology.