Meet The Radical New Tech That'll Revolutionize Car Batteries

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It's lighter, smarter, lasts longer and fits in your existing car.

For as long as we can remember, car batteries have been pretty straightforward. They are those heavy boxes that you replace every once in a while, and pretty much do everything they're supposed to until, one day, they don't. But now, Ohm, a new high-tech development, is here to revolutionize everything we know about batteries. It weighs just 6 lbs, replacing lead plates with an EDLC supercapacitor that can start your engine, and smaller batteries that offer electricity when the ignition is off. Despite being smaller, its casing matches standard battery sizes.

Moreover, this smart battery uses circuitry to audit output and automatically shuts itself down when power is running low. Sure, your lights and radio won't work with the engine not running, but you will be able to get the car started without getting stranded and searching for a jumpstart. According to its developers, it is better equipped to run in low temperature conditions thanks to its ability to deliver energy bursts directly to the engine. Even better, the Ohm has an expected lifespan of 7 years, which puts current batteries to shame. Currently in beta testing and raising crowdfunding on Indiegogo, its manufacturers' future target price is $200. That may by higher than current prices, but long-term savings are guaranteed.

For enthusiasts and environmentalists, the added gas mileage and performance offered by its reduced weight should also make it the natural decision. Check out the Indiegogo fundraising video to learn more about this awesome development:

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