Have you ever wondered if your smartphone could be fully charged in less than 15 minutes?
According to Samsung, this may not be that far, as the company ended a new battery research on Tuesday that could have a big impact on smartphone makers.
The Korean electronics giant says it has developed a type of battery that is more efficient and charges faster than traditional lithium-ion batteries. It's called a "graphene ball," and Samsung says batteries made from this material could charge up to five times faster than their lithium-ion counterparts.
A battery that now takes one hour for full charge could theoretically take just 12 minutes to charge if the new spool bead material is used, says the company. It could also allow the battery capacity to increase by 45%, according to the researchers.
This increased capacity, coupled with super fast charging, could have a big impact not only on smartphones, but also on electric vehicles and all other products that benefit from batteries high capacity.
"We have been able to greatly improve the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries in an environment where mobile and electric vehicle markets are growing rapidly," said Dr. Son In-hyuk. "Our commitment is to continuously explore and develop battery technology in the light of these trends."
While the material is still in research, there is another reason Samsung may be particularly interested in using graphene-based batteries: safety. Since the battery is able to remain at an "extremely stable" temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, the batteries could be particularly suitable for PCs.
You can read more about Samsung 's research in her article published in Nature.
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