At a first glance you would have thought the above statement was a misprint or even a dream, but a reality it certainly is. One of the many pet hates we have with out technology enriched lives is the time it takes to charge the batteries in our smartphones and other mobile devices and for those of us who are glued to the handset, the inconvenience factor is even greater. Whilst the batteries in our devices are evolving to hold a greater capacity and the amount of power that the devices themselves use going down, we always get frustrated when it takes seemly forever to get them charged again, however this might all be about to change.
From all the way over in Tel-Aviv, a small startup company by the name of StoreDot have been busy developing what can only be described as one of the greatest revelations in battery charging technology – that is it can charge the battery in your handset from virtually empty and fill it to the seams with power in little more than 30 seconds. Question is though, how on earth has this small group of people managed to do this? The basis for the super fast charging technology all comes down to a simple chemical reaction within each semiconductor which contain the most basic of chemicals; amino acids – yep that’s right, the exact same chemical on which our body’s run.
At this moment in time the charging units are far from nano-sized and are around the size of a laptop charger, so not very convenient at this moment in time and there is the issue of how long the battery is able to hold charge, but this is not really a major issue if it only takes 30 seconds to charge. Minor setbacks aside, StoreDot is still running full steam ahead and they anticipate having the products on the shelves in little under three years time with a price tag of £20 / $30.
To be honest it all seems a bit sci-fi and this demo video gives us a good insight into what the future holds for our mobile devices. If every thing works out as expected, we could be looking at the biggest advancement in charging technology for a number of years to come.
Source: Wall Street Journal