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Solid-state batteries ready to debut in home appliances

TDK reduces the devices to fingertip-size, with the ability to recharge 1,000 times

TDK's solid-state battery is only a few millimeters long and can be recharged 1,000 times. The company has already begun shipping samples and is setting up operations for mass production.  (Photo courtesy of TDK)

TOKYO -- Solid-state batteries have the potential to dominate the next generation of batteries, letting Japanese companies regain prominence in a field they once led.

Although the use of rechargeable solid-state batteries in electric vehicles has drawn the most attention, it is in consumer electronics that this new technology could make its impact felt first.

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