Israeli firm says it can charge your phone in 30 seconds (with video)

“Struggling to get through the day without charging up the smartphone?” Amir Mizroch reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv based start-up, says it hopes to at least make the charging process faster–unveiling Monday a prototype charger that promises to take you battery from a tiny sliver of red to 100%, all in about 30 seconds,” Mizroch reports. “StoreDot was born out of the nanotechnology department at Tel Aviv University and developed its prototype for Samsung’s Galaxy 4. It unveiled the device at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv. StoreDot says it plans to make chargers for other smartphones, too.”

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24 Comments

    1. If she patented it, and if this is the same technology… However, in the U.S. You can probably find some idiot to allow you to patent “charge cell phone in less than 30 seconds” without providing any additional detail.

    2. This technique exploits nanotechnology. I would be very surprised if a high school girl were synthesising peptides.

      There are multiple ways of permitting fast charging batteries, this looks to be an original approach, but there are very few details published at the moment, so it’s hard to know if it’s a promising technology, or just another hyped up concept with a huge downside. My hunch is that it’s well worth further consideration.

      If this technology works well and is scalable, I would expect that manufacturers of electric cars will be extremely interested in having a battery that can be recharged so quickly.

      1. For now all fast-charging technologies have caused fast deterioration of maximum full-charge capacity of battery. If those developers somehow were able to avoid this issue (what I highly doubt), then it would be significant.

  1. There just has to be a drawback to this. Exploding batteries perhaps, batteries with a quarter of the life, or a charger the size of a fusion reactor, yup, you just know this is just too good to be true, rather like those advanced chips in the 90s that Apple was reportedly on the brink of using that were supposedly massively faster than existing ones, were delayed for years and actually in reality offered no more than a 5% increase despite all the claims.

    However despite my cynicism if true this development will transform recharging.

  2. And it’s only adds 2 inches to the phone’s original thickness! Also makes for a nice handle for holding the phone up to your ear. Just needs a leather holster to hang the phone (and the double-ended male power cord) from your belt.

  3. There’s talk about multicore processors. This seems to be, multi cell batteries. There needs to be a lot of them, like 1000’s of them. This is where I can see nano tech coming into play. That brick of a battery attached to the phone is big for a reason, because it probably is made up of many many cells. Give this tech another 5 to 10 years to develop, I think.

    Since batteries provide energy by chemical reaction, which takes time to reverse, if you could reverse the chemical reaction all at once, by reducing the size of the reserve, and joining many of them in parallel and series. I think it would be like filling a gas tank.

    If you use this process on a car, it would have to have millions of cells, which could be charged in 5 minutes, at a power (petrol) station. I am sure Tesla and Apple are already working on this. And that’s why StoreDot is working with Samsung.

    Let’s hope and see what comes out of it. If true and could be applied to cars, then this it the killer app for plug-in electric cars.

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