Biological Nanodots Enable Smartphone Battery To Recharge in 30 Seconds

The Microsoft ThinkNext symposium at Tel Aviv might be the launching pad for a future in which we spend more time using our smart devices rather than charging them. StoreDot, an Israeli startup, has demonstrated their brand new model of electrodes which can help charge a smartphone battery in flat out 30 seconds. Take a look at their video here:

Batteries take a long time to charge because you need to reverse the chemical reactions that fuel it. If you rush this reversal process, you run the risk of damaging the electrodes and also depleting the chemical fluid, called the electrolyte. For the sake of longevity of the battery, you need to spend hours every day charging everything from your laptop battery to your cell-phones. And that can be a painful wait, especially without coffee.

Enter Nanodots

What StoreDot has going for it are tiny biological particles called nanodots. These are tiny synthetic bio-molecules – chemically synthesized peptides – which radically improve electrode capacitance and electrolyte efficiency. They make this process of reversal much faster than earlier.

At the ThinkNext symposium, StoreDot demonstrated their new technology on a Samsung Galaxy S3, but said that they would definitely widen their reach to other big names, like the iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 charged in under 30 seconds. Photo Courtesy: StoreDot
Samsung Galaxy S3 charged in under 30 seconds.
Photo Courtesy: StoreDot

In an interview to Gizmag, StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf said:

In essence, we have developed a new generation of electrodes with new materials – we call it MFE – Multi Function Electrode. On one side it acts like a supercapacitor (with very fast charging), and on the other is like a lithium electrode (with slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified with our nanodots in order to make the multifunction electrode more effective.

On their own website, StoreDot touches upon the fact that their new technology is not only revolutionary, but also eco-friendly. They plan to replace all cadmium and lead based technologies with their biomolecules, making them easier to dispose off as well. It won’t be too costly either – StoreDot claims that the chargers will cost only about twice that of regular chargers we have today.

Of course, the spillover into other areas like laptop batteries and, even, electric cars is inevitable. StoreDot seeks two more years to perfect its technology – 2016 is the year to watch out for.

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Debjyoti Bardhan

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