Mobile phones that can be charged in minutes could soon be possible thanks to a radical new battery technology.
Called supercapacitors, the material, in the form of a wafer, can turn phone casings, car chassis and even walls into quick charging batteries.
The new device that Pint and Westover has developed is a supercapacitor that stores electricity by assembling electrically charged ions on the surface of a porous material, instead of storing it in chemical reactions the way batteries do.
As a result, supercaps can charge and discharge in minutes, instead of hours, and operate for millions of cycles, instead of thousands of cycles like batteries.
Supercapacitors store ten times less energy than current lithium-ion batteries, but they can last a thousand times longer - meaning they can be built into walls and chassis.
The engineers suspended a heavy laptop from the supercapacitor to demonstrate its strength
originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
Finally....a superbattery that will help reduce waste from the traditional cell battery! My phone lasts almost a full day but the apps are so draining on the battery....I think this will make it less stressful for mobile users finding the nearest socket to charge their phone!
But I do wonder what the limits of this battery charging are. Great start and looking forward to its integration in mainstream electronics!
originally posted by: whyamIhere
Batteries are the one thing that has not kept pace with technology.
Our car battery looked the same as it did 50 years ago.
This is a welcome breakthrough.
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
Wasn't this already discovered by a 18-year old girl about a year ago?