New Smartphone Battery Charges in Seconds

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is coming to a close, but not before showcasing a huge breakthrough in battery technology.

The Israeli start-up company StoreDot showed off their new product at CES: a smartphone battery that can charge in just seconds.

StoreDot’s battery charges 100 times faster than the present lithium-ion batteries and can last about five hours on a two minute charge.

However, the battery cannot be retrofitted to existing devices because most phones would be fried by the 40 amps of electricity. Instead, StoreDot’s battery is completely new – containing special synthesized organic molecules.

“We have reactions in the battery that are non-traditional reactions that allow us to charge very fast, moving ions from an anode to a cathode at a speed that was not possible before we had these materials,” Doron Myersdorf, the company’s chief executive, told BBC.

Although the battery shows great potential, the company acknowledges that there is still work to be done.

While the batters do recharge much faster than conventional ones, their charge life is not as long. By 2017, Myersdorf hopes to match the energy density to that of the existing lithium-ion batteries.

Interested in battery technology and energy storage? You can become part of the conversation at the ECS Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage with SOFC-XIV taking place in Glasgow, Scotland during July!

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