New battery tech charges in seconds and lasts a week

A scientific breakthrough in battery technology will make it possible for smartphones to charge in seconds and last for a week.

Researchers at the University of Central Florida developed the battery technology using flexible supercapacitors that store more energy and can be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.

“If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said researcher Nitin Choudhary.

Supercapacitors that use the new materials could be used in phones, electronic gadgets, and electric vehicles – which could benefit from sudden bursts of power and speed.

And because they’re flexible, it could mean a significant advancement in wearable tech, said the researchers.

“It’s not ready for commercialisation, but this is a proof-of-concept demonstration and our studies show there are very high impacts for many technologies.”

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New battery tech charges in seconds and lasts a week