I love my iPhone because compared with other devices, it charges much faster. But sometimes I’m really stressed about my phone’s battery because I always need to have a power source around me and I need to wait at least 30 minutes until the battery level reaches reasonable levels. And I’m not the only one with this problem. Most of my friends are packing their chargers into their bag whenever they leave their houses and they always complain about the “life expectancy” of their smartphone batteries. Lets’ face it, the smartphone is an important part of our everyday life and the battery exhaustion can lead to many problems in our business but also in our personal life. While some scientists are working on batteries that will last longer, other are working on batteries that will charge faster. A lot faster…
StoreDot is a company that seems to have found a solution for this annoying problem. They have created a prototype battery that can be charged from zero to full in just 30 seconds. The battery is different from common li-io batteries found in today’s smartphones. Using bio-semiconductrs made from peptides (natural organic compounds), folks at StoreDot have managed to create a Multi-Function Electrode that features a Supercapacitator (for charging) and a Lithium electrode (for discharging). The result is battery that charges very rapidly and discharges slowly. Just watch a quick demo of this technology performed on a Samsung Galaxy S4:
StoreDot began to patent the invention and they plan to start the mass production of their revolutionary product in 2016. If this battery really works at maximum capacity for longer periods of time, we will have a new generation of electronic gadgets and electric vehicles. Read StoreDot’s CEO interview on The Next Web.
Since this article got a lot of love on Reddit, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the questions raised by some Reddit users who are better than me at physics and math. IronMew noticed that in order to charge a cell battery in such short period of time, the adapter must provide a current of over 100 amperes (180 amperes for a 1.5Ah battery to be exact), and that’s the same amount of electric current needed by a car to start (a lot!). This problem can be fixed with various converters, but the system is still complicated and extremely difficult to implement. Another user believes that this type of battery could be charged in 30 seconds, but it will not last longer than 3 hours.
I guess we have to wait for the creators of this concept to release further information on how the battery and the charging system actually works and more importantly, how much functioning time should we expect per one full charge.