We’ve all had problems with our smartphone batteries. Sometimes, they simply gave up on us out of the blue. Other times we had to wait long hours until they were fully charged. A new invention aims to solve this problem. A new nanodot-based smartphone battery prototype is able to fully charge in only 30 seconds. What’s more, this new battery might last longer than an ordinary one.
The Israeli startup StoreDot created the new smartphone batteries using their own nanodot technology. Their plans of mass producing this battery could change the way we interact with portable electronics. It might even bring us several steps closer to a quick-charging electric car.
Charging a battery takes time. That is because the chemical process that causes a battery to deplete is time consuming. In order to change this, the company uses nanodots, chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules in order to improve electrode capacitance and electrolyte performance. As a result, their batteries can be charged in 30 seconds, rushing the entire process.
“In essence, we have developed a new generation of electrodes with new materials,” explained StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf . Talking about the charging process he also added that: “On one side it acts like a supercapacitor (with very fast charging), and on the other is like a lithium electrode (with slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified with our nanodots in order to make the multifunction electrode more effective.”
For the first prototype, the company chose the approximate capacity of a smartphone battery. However, the scientists that worked on the new battery believe their invention could also be used for electronic cars. The company is currently submitting patents for the technology. They hope to be able to mass produce the new smartphone battery starting with 2016. Would you use it for your mobile phone?