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Israeli Start-Up Shows Off Crazy Prototype Battery that Charges In 30 Seconds

If there’s one aspect of technology that seems to ignore Moore’s law at least a little, it’s batteries. Granted, the recent switch to Lithium-Ion improved some aspects, but batteries are still far from where we would like them to be. Hopefully here to help solve that problem is an Israeli start-up called StoreDot.

At Microsoft’s Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Storedot showed off their prototype “Nanodot” battery, which uses bio-nanomaterials to allow rapid charging. How rapid? Under 30 seconds rapid.

It uses nano-crystal technology that was initially created while Tel Aviv University was researching Alzheimer’s, and the tech already looks very promising, even in the prototype stage.

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As of now, the battery and accompanying components are a bit rudimentary, consisting of a battery the size of two decks of cards and the external device that it’s connected to. But Storedot is ambitious about shrinking the components down until they’re small enough to fit inside of smartphones — and likely cameras — within a year or so.

The video above shows the battery setup connected to a Samsung Galaxy S4, where in 30 seconds the battery goes from 27% charged to 100% charged. What’s more, that charge then lasts between 2-3 hours, and the tech is only going to improve from here.

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Assuming they can shrink down the technology and start implementing it in a number of devices, we could spend hours imagining the possibilities for photographers. Maybe it’s speedlights with integrated batteries capable of firing off 200 full-power shots before needing a one-minute recharge to do it all over. Or maybe it’s a new type of battery for DSLRs, capable of doing the same.

Regardless of how it gets integrated into the world of photography in the future, it’s exciting to see such tech come to life, and to imagine how it will make the lives of photographers substantially more effective and efficient.

(via BBC via DPReview)


 
  • Thekaph

    Do they provide the truck to carry the phone with you all day long with that battery?

  • http://photokaz.com/ Mike

    It’s a prototype, do you understand that?

  • Daz

    last 2-3 hours and charges in less then 60 seconds, i want the opposite i want batteries that last longer i don’t care if it takes 1-6 hours or even more to charge as long as they last a lot longer then current batteries do. We all have to sleep and does it matter if it takes hours to charge when your sleeping?

  • David Guerra

    Electric cars, is where speed charging is most needed.

  • SeoulFoodNinja

    Baby steps! Batteries that take 60 seconds to charge will last for days in a couple years. ^^^This^^^ technology has to come first though.

  • http://stephan-zielinski.com/ Stephan Zielinski

    Re: “If there’s one aspect of technology that seems to ignore Moore’s law at least a little, it’s batteries.”: Wikipedia’s gloss of Moore’s Law is “. . . the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.” You can’t expect it to apply to equipment not built of transistors. Hence, don’t count on energy storage technology to shrink; you don’t store energy in transistors.

    More generally, this “battery” is just another supercapacitor, albeit one produced by a company that has achieved a new record for incorporating “nano-” into its marketeering. If you can think of a camera application for supercapacitors, they’ve been commercially available for years; have at it. Maxwell seems to be well spoken of. (Just be careful with them; being capacitors, they’re capable of extremely rapid discharges if damaged. Short one, and the wire’s going to blow up in your face.)

  • http://pedrazzi.eu Luca

    I was about the write the same. I honestly don’t care having 3 batteries for my cameras and swap them when needed. I do the same for my phone, battery drill, etc. But it can’t be done with a car, and having for example an electric vehicle that charges in 10 hours or something defeats the purpose of it.

  • dialate

    Spoiler alert:

    Such a technology would have a huge charger bottleneck. For example, my phone takes about 3 hours to charge from dead with a 5 volt, 1 amp fast charger. To compress that to 30 seconds would require a 5 volt, 360 amp(!) charger, let alone whether the battery could handle it or not. We’re talking a tube TV-sized charger here!

    That kind of amperage could strain house mains and flip breakers.

    So….we’d see a lot of advertising for that charging speed, but there is no way you could get that kind of raw power on-the-go. And a fast charger would be heavy and expensive…so, everyone would buy just the phone and cheap charger and accept the slight improvement, even though the technology can do much, much better.

    The end!

  • dialate

    Oh and we certainly could follow a moore’s law type scheme if we just accept the fact that it is OK for people’s devices to detonate when they overheat, and laying waste to the 5′ radius of nearby meat and concrete.

    But, those pesky safety precaustions and common sense gets in the way every time…

  • http://instagram.com/julien_grimard Julien

    Every year someone comes out with a new battery that either lasts for days or charges in seconds. Last year if I’m not mistaken it was a teen from some school in the US who had invented a battery that would charge in a minute. Every year it’s the same thing. But so far I haven’t seen any of those batteries for sale. So I’ll believe it when I buy it!

  • http://instagram.com/julien_grimard Julien

    The charger is big, not the battery…

  • Ideas1234

    This would be perfect for Electric cars.

  • Tony Anastasi

    would love this for my e-bike.. I’d be happy to stop every 2-3 hours for a 60second recharge at any close by shops power outlet :) .. they already have pay-per-charge power outlets here with coins/notes/cards at servos here in China. run out of charge on your ebike? simply find the closest servo, plug your e-bike in, pop a few coins in this box, and wait while for some charge.. but takes me 2-3 hours for a rapid full charge.. bring that down to 60seconds and that’ll be sweet as.

  • Joe

    It’s a great first step. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I guess the Israel boycotters will have to stick to slow charging.

  • Thekaph

    haha Well done! :)

  • http://www.cbtisrael.co.il Dr. Ohad Hershkovitz

    the israel boycotters wouldn’t be able to use a cell phone in the first place :)