Smartphones Capable Of Charging In Five Minutes Could Be On The Tech Horizon

You could soon fully charge a dead phone in the time it takes to boil a pot of water.

Thanks to the efforts of Israeli firm StoreDot, this kind of new-age technology could be available as early as next year.

The developers of the FlashBattery – who first showcased a version of their technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – say it can charge a device from empty to full capacity about 100 times faster than the average smartphone.

Now, StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf says mass production of the battery – which contains specially synthesized organic molecules that trigger a different reaction than that of normal smartphone batteries – will begin by early 2018.

But Ben Wood, a technology analyst at CSS Insight, told BBC News he doubts the company will be able to meet that target as they have a variety of obstacles to face; including the question of how hot the battery might get during charging. Any company successful at making such a breakthrough would change the consumer tech industry, he added.

It’s hard to say how soon the technology could actually become available, but it would be a major understatement to say we're keen to get our hands on it.

h/t BBC


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