Tim Bichara

Scientists develop a new quick charging battery.

It’s happened to us all: you’re about to head out on the town, your friends are en-route, taking your phone out of your pocket to check for messages, you’re confronted with the dreaded 1% next to the battery icon.

Normally your forced to aggressively charge it for 5 minutes and then hope it lasts the night, wouldn’t it be great if that’s all it took to completely recharge it?

Preposterous you exclaim? Well it’s not actually that far off, researchers in Singapore have developed the next generation in lithium-ion batteries.

“Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have developed a new battery that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only 2 minutes. The battery will also have a longer lifespan of over 20 year.”

New admittedly is a bit of a stretch; it’s more of an improvement on the current system. What the scientists did was replace the graphite in the anode (the negative pole), with a new gel made from titanium dioxide.

While this compound isn’t anything new, it’s used in sun lotion and food additives for a start. What makes all the difference is the scientists were able to turn the compound into tiny nanotubes, the change speeding up chemical reactions within the battery.

In layman’s terms, it drastically increases the speed the battery can charge.

The technology for the moment is aimed at car batteries. Reducing the charge time of an electric car to being comparable to a trip to the petrol station, but just imagine the implications when it’s integrated into smartphones.

Gone would be the days of having to charge your phone overnight, 2 minutes before you leave the house and your good to go.


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