Looking for a external battery to charge your phone quickly? It's finally here!
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We all dread that time in the day when the empty battery icon flashes up on our screens, forcing us to plug in our smartphones and wait a good hour or so for a full charge.
But the wasted moments may soon be a thing of the past as scientists believe they’ve invented a new battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just 60 seconds.
The new battery is crafted from aluminium, as opposed to lithium, and could pretty soon be replacing the old batteries found in our laptops and mobile phones.
As well as the speedy charging time, researchers found their aluminum prototype was also safer than the lithium-ion batteries as it was less prone to catching fire and more environmentally-friendly than alkaline models such as AA and AAA.
Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford University, said: “We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames. Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.
“Millions of consumers use 1.5-volt AA and AAA batteries. Our rechargeable aluminum battery generates about two volts of electricity. That’s higher than anyone has achieved with aluminum.”
Another feature scientists discovered in the new design was its flexibility – it was able to fold and bend, and so has the potential to be used in flexible electronic devices.
The prototype was said to be more durable too, withstanding more than 7,500 cycles without any loss of capacity. This surpassed previous aluminum batteries which died after just 100 charge-discharge cycles, while a typical lithium-ion battery lasts about 1,000 cycles.
And not only is aluminum cheaper than lithium, but the new design could be used to store energy of the electrical grid too!