An Israel based technology company has this week revealed that 30 second smartphone charging might not be too far off, with 2016 a realistic target.
StoreDot, the company in question, has apparently already invented a battery capable of this ridiculously fast charge time, which allows for a full day’s use before needing to be charged once again.
This would obviously put an end to the constant search for plug sockets for smartphone users worried about losing their battery life, making all of our lives much easier.
For now, StoreDot has confirmed that its current battery is just a prototype, and is also too big to fit into any practical smartphone for now, but signs are good from the Israeli company so far.
The company believes that a slimmer, more smartphone friendly device will be in mass production by 2016, and will be rechargeable up to 1,500 times, giving it an expected life of around 3-4 years, much longer that your average smartphone contract.
The technology isn’t just restricted to our pockets either, with StoreDot also promising a car battery that can recharge in just 2-3 minutes, a process which commonly takes up to 12 hours by current standards.
StoreDot has already raised just under $50m backing, with notorious businessman and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovitch one of the major investors. A yet unnamed mobile phone manufacturer is also reported to be backing the company, meaning that the smartphone market is taking this development rather seriously at the moment.
The technology itself works through using Nanodots, these tiny pieces of technology change the way a battery acts to allow for much faster power absorption and most importantly, energy retention, which means the battery can hold on to power that it absorbs.
Until now, retention has been the major issue hindering fast charging technology, whilst fast absorption has been less of a problem.
The major issue that is facing the smartphone market with the increasing development of StoreDot’s fast charging battery is the added cost it will bring to handsets, which totals around £95 per device.
With the already high amounts of cash being shelled out for flagship phones, this will obviously prove to be a fairly major drawback for standard customers, and if implemented in budget devices will obviously make them much harder to afford.
It’s not yet known whether costs for the battery can be cut in one way or another just yet, but don’t expect the price to drop too much unless another company also develops a product with similar specs to bring in some competition.
For now though we don’t recommend holding your breath. Many companies have already promised the next generation of batteries only to fall into smartphone obscurity, so until we see a decent sized working prototype we wouldn’t get too excited.
Written by Luke Hatfield