New charger powers up phones in 30 seconds

A new charger has been revealed which can fully charge a phone in the time it takes to boil a kettle.

Demonstrated to visitors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas, the charger from Israeli start-up StoreDot could transform the mobile phone industry. Previously making the news in November for a revolutionary, if bulky, new battery, StoreDot has proved its innovation once again with this new device.

The new charging dock charges a normal size phone 100 times faster than at present using nanotechnology. Currently the charger will only work with StoreDot’s own prototype phone installed with its streamline super battery, as most current phones would be fried by the 40 amps of electricity it supplies, reports bbc.co.uk.

Explaining some of the science behind the new technology, the company’s chief executive Doron Myersdorf says: “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”.

Phone-makers in the US, South Korea, China and Japan have already been in talks with StoresDot, which could see the new tech introduced on next-generation handsets as standard, notes dailymail.co.uk. Mr Myersdorf acknowledges there is still more work to be done before the device is ready for consumers, however the company aims to match the energy density – the amount of energy stored per kilogram – of its own batteries with those in existing handsets by 2017.