At the CES convention in Las Vegas, a new battery charger has just been introduced and shown off by charging a near enough empty Samsung smartphone within just 30 seconds.
With previous demos from the Israeli startup StoreDot, they posted a demo online eight months ago which involved a battery that was much thicker than the handset itself as well as an outsized charger, thus making the tech impractical for use.
However, the new prototype fits inside an ordinary smartphone. The demo was shown in October at StoreDot’s Tel Aviv headquarters.
The new technology could then change the way that we use portable electronics. The charger is even the same size as ordinary phone chargers.
There are a couple of trade-off’s that are involved, but the charger is able to recharge devices around 100 times faster than current chargers.
It has the potential to reform the way we use phones, tablets, laptops and wearable tech. StoreDot, the makers, claim that the battery relies on hi-tech artificial materials that work like a ‘super-dense sponge’ that soaks up power.
The Tel Aviv company is back by Roman Abramovich, who gave the company $10m from his private asset management company. Their firm has already raised $48.5m (£32.1m) of funds.
Doron Myserford, who is the founder and chief executive of StoreDot, said:
‘These are new materials, they have never been developed before,’
‘We have reactions in the battery that are non-traditional reactions that allow us to charge very fast, moving ions from an anode to a cathode at a speed that was not possible before we had these materials.’
‘Fast charge’ phones would cost more around £65 more than current models’.
By the time of the 2017 deadline, StoreDot is aiming to halve the current charging time.