Currently I would have to charge my smartphones at least twice a day for it to survive through my daily use. And considering I have two of them, both with relatively big batteries, they take a lot of time to fill up and it can be really frustrating. Even with just one device.
That is the one part about smartphones that no one really likes, waiting on them to charge and not being able to do anything with them until they are fully charged.
But imagine if it could take you not one hour, not half an hour but just 30 seconds for your smartphone charge to get to 100 percent charge. No, I don’t really think you understood that so I’ll say it again, 30 seconds. That is staggering stuff!
Well come 2016 you probably could. According to a report by Reuters, an Israeli company says it has developed a technology that charge a mobile phone in 30 seconds and an electric car battery (which takes a whole night to charge to full capacity) in just minutes.
And now to the sciency stuff. Apparently the Tel Aviv based company, StoreDot, is using some form of nano-technology to create artificial molecules called nanodots that are in turn released into a battery and allow it to store a much higher charge more quickly than the ordinary Lithium powered batteries.
The technology was demonstrated at the 2014 Microsoft Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv earlier this year, where the prototype battery fully charged a dead Samsung Galaxy S4 in just 26 seconds. (Hold on, a Samsung at a Microsoft event?)
Right now the prototype is too bulky to be put on a mobile phone, but StoreDot believes by 2016 it will have a much slimmer battery that can absorb and deliver a day’s power for a smartphone in just 30 seconds.
“These are new materials; they have never been developed before,” said Doron Myersdorf, the founder and chief executive of StoreDot, whose investors include Russian billionaire and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich. (Reuters)
According to Myersdorf, StoreDot has raised $48million from two rounds of funding and one of their investors also includes a leading phone maker. And though he declined to reveal the identity he said it was Asian.
Myersdorf’s prediction is that a fast-charge smartphone would cost $100 to $150 more but would last for about three years, which is much more than current smartphones in the market.
He hopes to use the same technology to create a car battery that recharges in two or three minutes, rather than current models, which commonly need to be charged overnight.