Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have discovered a way to speed up smartphone battery charge times considerably with a simple substance found in most sunscreens.
The new battery reportedly can be 70% charged in under two minutes. The researchers replaced the graphite normally used for the negative pole on the battery with a gel made from titanium dioxide. This substance speeds up the chemical reactions in the battery. It is available in great abundance.
The battery is projected to last nearly 20 years before it needs to be replaced.
The typical lithium-ion battery in a phone will only last for an estimated 500 recharging cycles. The gel in this new battery can be recharged 10,000 times. This could save all smartphone users and manufacturers money in the long run.
According to a JD Power survey from 2012, “Satisfaction with smartphones is greatly impacted by battery performance, particularly the length of battery life before recharging is required. In addition, the study finds that satisfaction with battery performance is by far the least satisfying aspect of smartphones.”
If successful, this battery could revolutionize the smartphone world.