Smartphone batteries are definitely NOT keeping up with all the things we do on our phones. In one morning, we鈥檝e listened to an episode of Serial, checked the weather, scanned our social media accounts and used Waze to beat the commute, all before the work day even starts. If our phones could talk鈥 well, they probably wouldn鈥檛, because they鈥檇 be so drained.

Sure, there are plenty of super convenient portable phone chargers out there, but they鈥檙e only good when you have one with you. Thankfully, for the absentminded everywhere, there may be a well-designed disposable substitute coming to a convenience store near you. It鈥檚 called Mini Power.

The batteries would come in a perforated sheet, possibly with the option to buy one or many. You could buy two, four or six hour charges depending on what kind of a battery bind you鈥檙e in.

To be honest, the first thing we thought when we read the words, 鈥渄isposable battery,鈥 was how we are definitely not supposed to just throw out batteries with the rest of our garbage. How are these different? They鈥檙e not. While the exterior is made of cardboard and is biodegradable, the batteries are intended to be recycled at a convenience store that carries them rather than just tossed out.

Until batteries themselves are more easily disposable without harming the environment, this is a really clever backup plan for when you鈥檙e in an emergency (not an Instagram emergency) without a portable charger and your phone is on its last limb. We鈥檙e really hoping to see this design come to fruition, especially after its Red Dot Award win this year.聽It would be great to know that in case of emergencies, we could grab an extra charge-up in the same place that we grab our emergency beef jerky.

When鈥檚 the last time you could have really used Mini Power? Let us know in the comments!

(h/t Design Taxi)