Scientists Working on Battery Tech that Can Charge Smartphones in Seconds

November 25, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

In the modern-age world of portable technologies, batteries play a pivotal role. Traits like fast-charge and higher life yield have become inevitable for power sources, and scientists and researchers have been constantly engaged with exploring the roads for the future in this regard. Many of them come to a standstill, but some do emerge successful, and it appears that we will be soon having a story that can be categorized under the former.

A group of scientists from the University of Central Florida (UCF) has now come with a new battery prototype that falls in line with our wildest battery desires. This new supercapacitor cattery can provide high capacities with fast charging capabilities, which the company says can juice up your smartphones in a matter of seconds.


That’s indeed something which we have heard of before. But this new research provides an extra perk, and that’s with its higher life. According to the researchers, the new battery can stay fresh even after 30,000 cycles of charge. Accordingly, this new battery can last up to 20 times longer than modern-day lithium-ion battery, which means that a few seconds of charging is all it requires to keep your devices turned on for days.

All these have been attained by the use of super-capacitors, which stores electricity statically on the surface of its material unlike through chemical reactions like in the Li-ion batteries. Scientists have used two-dimensional grapheme material sheets with large surface areas in order to attain this super-capacitance.


The newly developed battery is still a “proof-of-concept’, and scientists are now in an attempt to patent this new technology. Commercialization of these batteries could take years with what it looks like right now. Yet, this could be the real game-changer if getting materialized, and could thrust the available technologies to new dimensions.

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