How fast can you charge your phone battery?
If the answer is more than 30 seconds then you might be interested in the latest device to be shown off by Israeli firm StoreDot. Their new type of battery was shown off at Mircosoft’s Think Next Conference, as it charged a Samsung S4 from dead to fully charged in just 26 seconds.
The battery is made of biological structures and at the moment it is just a prototype. It is expected that it will take at least 3 years for the product to be made commercially available.
The device in the demonstration carried out by the firm at the Microsoft show was about the same size as a packet of cigarettes. While it was hooked up externally to the phone, the plan is for the battery to be integrated in the future. Dr Dorn Myers is the founder of StoreDot and he said that “within a year” they can integrate the battery.
So how does it work? It is described as a bio-organic battery, which uses small nano-crystals that are “self-assembling”. These crystals were first discovered when work was carried out by Tel Aviv University into Alzheimer’s disease about a decade ago.
The company behind the battery has called them “stable, robust spheres”. In terms of size, they are 2.1 nanometres in diameter. It is believed that a number of potential uses for this technology which we could see in the next few years. The only bit of bad news is that they may be twice as expensive as conventional phone batteries.
Would you pay more for a faster charging battery?