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Imagine if your phone could go from zero battery to fully charged in 30 seconds.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Maybe not. StoreDot, an Israeli startup, reportedly claims it has the technology to charge a phone from 0 percent to 100 percent in less than 30 seconds.
The prototype battery and charging combo was unveiled at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv this week, Digital Trends said. The charger was designed for the Samsung Galaxy 4, but StoreDot said it plans on making chargers for other popular phones as well.
StoreDot has been developing biological semiconductors, made from naturally occurring organic compounds called peptides, or short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The technology can be used, among other things, to speed charging times, the company says.
Before you get too excited about this technology, be aware that there are a couple of downsides. For one, the device is a prototype. StoreDot hopes to have a “commercial-ready prototype” available within the next two years, CNN Money said. Secondly, the prototype battery is big – about the size of a laptop charger, or cigarette pack.
Now the firm is faced with designing a battery that is small enough to fit inside today’s smaller smartphones.
When the product is available on the market, its estimated cost will be $30, Digital Trends said.
I forgot my iPhone charger on my last out-of-town trip. I was forced to buy a new wall charger, the cheapest charger available, for $35.
I routinely forget to plug in and charge my phone at night. Plus, my toddler often plays with my phone, sometimes leaving 15 (or more!) applications running at a time, which quickly drains my battery. So I would gladly fork over $30 or more for a battery that would charge my phone in 30 seconds.
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