StoreDot, an Israeli start-up company, has demonstrated a new fast-charging device that can recharge a smartphone from almost flat to full capacity ‘in less time than it takes to boil a kettle’.
The BBC was shown the device at the annual CES Technology fair.
Using the new device does mean adopting a new type of battery that uses specially synthesised organic molecules. “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” explains Doron Myersdorf, the company’s chief executive.
StoreDot is in discussions with the automotive industry, and plans to adopt the technology for electric vehicles – charging at these rates would be a game-changer, removing the usual arguments about range and charge times. “We intend to show in one year a model of a car that can charge in three minutes” said Mr Myersdorf.
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