Future Cameras May Have Lithium-Ion Batteries That Recharge in Minutes

What if the battery in your camera could be charged in the same amount of time it takes to microwave a cup of instant noodles? It sounds crazy, but that’s what appears to be headed our way.

Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have figured out a way to drastically cut down the time it takes to recharge a lithium-ion battery — the same kind found in most digital cameras.

The major breakthrough has to do with how the batteries are built. Li-ion batteries currently on the market charge from the outside in. Only at the end of the charging process is the center portion of the battery filled with charge. Think of it as an uber-dense cotton ball dropped into a liquid solution.

By first coating the nanoparticle materials in the battery with graphite, which is later carbonized to form a dense network of conductors, the researchers were able to create a battery in which all the parts charge at the same time.

How much of a difference does this new design make? Well, they claim that the new battery charges in 1/30 to 1/120 of the time required by existing ones. This means that batteries that take 2 hours to charge could one day only take 1 minute!

(via Yonhap via TweakTown)

Image credit: Charging my DSLR camera battery for the long weekend. by michaelnugent

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Nevermind cameras. Imagine what this will do for electric cars!

  • brandon

    my first thought also. cars.

  • Ralph Hightower

    I replaced the battery in my camera in July 2011 and I haven’t bothered to recharge it; in fact, it’s non rechargeble, and it’s still going strong. I’ve shot over 50 rolls of film on one battery.

  • seventhseal

    I have Radio Shack 1.5v NiH that charge in 15 minutes. Of course they’re heavy, but that makes my lightweight Fuji feel a little more substantial anyway. Many new breakthroughs are coming from quantum materials science and nanotechnology. Flat lenses that perform past the diffraction limit etc. Strange stuff.

  • James Lee

    with this awesome new tech, you think of camera battery? =)

    Cars ! like Kay and brandon who commented! Long distance travel with electric car!

  • Jeremiah Washington

    This is a photography blog…

  • rtfe

    does your scanner take batteries?

  • 11

    they are getting close to making a capacitor…

  • Ivan

    And in the near future… silence. Upon further investigation we discover all research results and related patents belong to Exxon, or Gazprom, BP, Chevron, or… (you got the idea). Of course, we happily keep charging our batteries for hours. I hope not, just saying.