Researchers at Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University have managed to design new battery cells that promise incredibly quick charging.
The ‘ultra-fast charging batteries’ can juice up from empty to 70 per cent charge in around two minutes – far nippier than the current Lithium Ion fare.
The new battery tech also boasts increased longevity, with NTU’s cells capable of 10,000 charging cycles. To put that in perspective, your standard smartphone battery is only good for around 500 charges before serious degradation sets in.
This means that while current batteries last for around two to three years of normal usage, NTU’s batteries might last for up to two decades.
So how does it work? NTU has traded out traditional graphite on the negative pole of your Li-Ion batteries, instead making use of a gel-like titanium dioxide.
Chen Xiaodong, Associate Professor at NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, says the batteries ‘last ten times longer’ than current generation Li-Ion batteries.
This tech won’t just boost your smartphone’s staying power, either. Professor Chen also talked up the potential of the new tech in automotive industries.
“Electric cars will be able to increase their range dramatically, with just five minutes of charging,” says Chen.
“[This is] on par with the time needed to pump petrol for current cars.”
Eco-warriors will be plenty chuffed with Chen’s batteries too, as it means far less cells will be dumped due to the longer lifespan, slashing toxic waste levels.
The bad news is that NTU hasn’t laid out any definitive roll out plans so far, meaning we’ve no idea when these superhero cells will make it to your tech arsenal.
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