Despite advancements in battery technology, charging your smartphone is still a bore.
Fortunately, Huawei has developed a revolutionary new type of battery that can charge 10 times faster than normal batteries.
As a result, the batteries are able to reach an incredible 50% capacity in just a few minutes.
Watt Lab, a research and development division of Huawei Technology Corporation, showed off the revolutionary new lithium-ion cells at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan this week.
Two types of quick charging were demonstrated: a 600mAh was charged to 68% capacity in two minutes; a 3,000mAh battery was charged to 48% in five minutes.
Huawei adds: “Soon, we will all be able to charge our batteries to full power in the time it takes to grab a coffee!”
So how does it work? Most smartphone batteries charge and discharge by moving lithium ions between electrodes.
Huawei says it bonded heteroatoms – ring structure atoms that aren’t carbon or hydrogen – to the molecule of graphite in anode, which works as a catalyst for capturing and transmitting lithium through carbon bonds.
According to Huawei, the heteroatoms allow the batteries to have a higher charging speed, but not at the expense of energy density or battery life.
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There’s no word just yet on when we’ll see a commercial rollout of the technology.
What’s more important to you – quicker charging, or longer battery lifespan? Let us know in the comments.
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