New smartphone battery can be fully charged in one minute, coming to phones next year


Somebody tell me they wouldn’t love to be able to charge their smartphone battery from 0 to 100 in one minute. That is like an impossible dream right? Well actually, it just might come true sometime next year.

The nanotechnology department at Tel Aviv University stumbled upon the technology while looking into Alzheimer’s disease. Apparently a particular peptide molecule can absorb a charge much faster than regular smartphone batteries. They company developing the battery is called StoreDot, and they also reside in Israel.

The downside is the capacity of StoreDot will be much lower than traditional smartphone batteries, but if you can charge it to 100% within a minute, that might be a decent trade off. On the other hand, the total life of the batteries are likely to also be lower.

The other factor is that that a special charger would be required.  Doron Myersdorf of StoreDot said, “The charger itself is not a normal charger. We need to pump 40/50 and up to 80 amps of current into this battery in order to charge in one minute. No normal charger can do that. So we had to develop a very strong charger that is, first of all, cost effective but also small enough to be carried in your pocket.” It also appears that some sort of special software would need to reside on the phone in order to manage the power efficiently.

The good news is that we aren’t too far off from seeing this technology in our smartphones. StoreDot is working with 15 different manufacturers to bring their battery to smartphones by the end of next year.

I don’t know about you, but this sounds very exciting.

source: The Guardian
via: BGR

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Brian Hall

    A typical US household outlet is on a 20amp circuit. Are they talking 80amp at line voltage?

    • Harry_Wild

      Just upgrade to commercial 100 AMP outlet only cost $2,000 and explain why you what such a line in a residential facility.

      • BIO

        Just plug it into a Tesla Supercharger, there is one every 75 miles :)

    • Brian Hall

      If they are instead talking typical phone voltage (5v) then 5v*80A = 400 watts. That is still a lot for a charger, but within reason for a household outlet.

  • ruggafella

    “On the other hand, the total life of the batteries are likely to also be lower.”

    That’s the most important sentence for me. When smartphone batteries already deteriorate after a year, beasting the battery 40-80x as hard as normal doesn’t sound attractive to me. You better get used to the notion of burner phones!

    I’d much rather a battery take 12 hours to charge but can last a week.

  • Harry_Wild

    Apple will not be one for new battery since it will double that of their current batteries.

  • Christopher Straub

    Why can they not use the transistor tube on a much smaller scale (the transistor tubes can store power quickly and discharge more efficiently), the transistor tubes would be a crawl away from crystal power, like on Stargate the series…