We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014.

Now, an Israeli firm named StoreDot has demonstrated their new Nanodot technology, which is described as ‘bio-organic peptide molecules that change the rules of mobile device capabilities’. The take away from the tech is that you can charge your smartphone in 30 seconds. The technology was demonstrated in a video with the Samsung Galaxy S3. And although it’s still years off (late 2016), and it’s a bit bulky (the size of a laptop charger), we’re sure that if and when this technology lands in our stores, things will change for the better.

The news was announced Microsoft's Think Next conference in Tel Aviv, and it certainly looks promising, as that video doesn’t lie. StoreDot also reportedly has a parallel effort in place to reduce the size of the contraption, and it’s expected to cost twice as much as a standard charger today. That seems fair though for what could be a remarkable piece of engineering, so long as it’s not just vaporware. Regardless, someday, someone has to reinvent the battery and today, we may be that much closer.

Source: StoreDot; Via: Wall Street Journal


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StoreDot's Nanodot bio-organic nanochrystals will charge you phone in 30 seconds flat… in 2016


I have S3 and S4, I could tell it was an S3 just by looking at the thumbnail on the video

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Whoa! I like it. Build it into the phone and make it nano compared to what we have in the video and it will be ubiquitous tech!

Is it a battery or supercapacitor? Because supercapacitor usually don't have a high capacity, perhaps that's why it was so bulky.

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Super capacitors have ridiculous capacities, hence the name. They have something like double the power density of batteries. The issue is in controlling the discharge isn't it? (I used to know better, but will stand corrected if I'm wrong)

Supercapacitors are a hybrid battery/capacitor. They have relatively high energy density compared to regular capacitors (1000's of times greater), but relatively low density compared to lipo batteries.(usually 10%, so think 200mah vs 2000mah)
Personally, I don't see any supercapacitor solutions working for smartphones, which need energy density.
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I wish they would go into more detail on the battery of the phone and what they used. Would be an amazing find if it was a stock battery and it charged that quickly.

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This kind of technology has many more benefits. Yes at the moment it's still too bulky. More research and development will shrink that down.

Now instead of phones what about ev cars. The biggest hurtle to getting more all electric cars are cost and charging time. Not everyone has a garage or handy charging stand where they live. With this tech you could pull up to a combo gas and electric pump and fill up just like a petro car. I for one hope this does pan out.

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Maybe they're thinking about it as a consumer. Like do I have to constantly plan for how long it's going to take to charge my EV?

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Those are concerns, but probably less of a concern than things like "what do I do if I'm running low on charge on the way home from work?"

For those of us who live in large cities where your daily commute can easily be 50-60 miles *just* driving from home to work and back, battery capacity and charging time is a *huge* issue. I wouldn't mind an electric car for my daily commute (assuming a had a "fun" car in the garage for those more leisurely outings) but I couldn't make it to work and back on a single charge the way the market is now. That's a big hurdle for the market to overcome.

Probably JUST the battery. Notice the two terminals that they attach the charger to, that indicates its only a battery.

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They could have easily faked that demo, or they might not be able to get anywhere near the energy density of current phone batteries. Either way, I won't be holding my breath on this one.

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I am with you there. I am still a bit skeptical. I find it curious that the status bar was hidden, so the only battery meter we can rely on is the demo app that they use.

I really hope this is true, but time will tell, I guess.

This is much needed as it takes too long for batteries to charge (especially larger capacity ones). It's a big reason I stick with a user-replaceable one so I can swap out and get back to a full charge quickly. Then by the time I'm low on a charge again, that depleted battery is ready to go. Rinse and repeat. :)

On a side note: please put the article titles back on top. It's confusing at times when a picture or in this case a video is above the title at the very top. I scrolled down to read the article, saw references to a video, then temporarily wondered, "Where is the video?" Oop, gotta scroll back up to the top. :( /annoying!

+1 especially on the side note

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

No way the internal battery is being charged that fast. That is an external battery

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This almost passed the sniff test, but let's look at the math. The GS3 has a battery capacity of 2100 mAh, which equates to 7.7 Wh, which equates to 27,972 J. To restore this battery (it looked to be at roughly 10%), we need to supply 839 w for 30 s as shown in the video. This is technically possible from the wall, but that power then needs to go into the battery. Through experimental reasoning, we understand that the phone will begin to heat up using less than 5W for a given time (ever streamed a lot of data while in a poor service region?). Now, for half a minute, we are supplying 168 times what that battery is designed to put out normally at maximum power. To me, this screams fire danger.

What would make sense is if they replaced the battery with this powerpack hooked up to supercapacitors, which would eliminate the heat issue.

but its probably not a battery, its most likely a supercapacitor. So it could handle the charge without damage.

but thats also the problem, its probably a supercapacitor. supercapacitors are not a promising solution.