Exemplary flexible thin film solid state lithium ion batteries (10) and methods for making the same are disclosed. An exemplary flexible solid state thin film electrochemical device (10) may include a flexible substrate (12), first (14) and second electrodes (18), and an electrolyte (16) disposed between the first (14) and second electrodes (18). The electrolyte (16) is disposed on the flexible substrate (12). The first electrode (14) is disposed on the electrolyte (16), and the second electrode (18) having been buried between the electrolyte (16) and the substrate (12).
 The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-990010337 between the United States Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a Division of the Midwest Research Institute.