Everyone is looking for a way to improve smartphone battery life from wireless charging to simply cramming bigger batteries into devices each year. Now one engineer may have found an even better solution, though he needs a little help on Kickstarter to get the job done.
Shawn West is a an electrical engineer who says he comes up with “crazy new ideas” every day, but his latest one may be the best. He’s developed a new type of rechargeable battery that can go from empty to full in just 30 seconds. That’s right, 30 seconds. For now West is only offering AA, AAA, C and D type batteries, but he says the technology should be able to adapt to smartphone batteries in the future as well.
The batteries themselves should last about as long per charge as the standard non-rechargeable equivalent. West also claims you’ll be able to recharge each battery “hundreds of thousands of times.”
With less than a week to go it looks like West should hit his $10,000 crowd-funding goal with no problem, but that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to support this Kickstarter project anyway. Bringing these batteries to future smartphones will require plenty of money and time, and the more cash West can raise online the better. Beyond that it’s also not too late to get an early-bird discount on any of these regular rechargeable batteries.
For $25 you can reserve a AA battery, $30 for a C battery and $35 for a D battery. Each battery comes with its respective charger, and West says all orders should ship by October 2014. There are some risks here, mainly because West is literally soldering each battery on his own, though at least that means he’s not handing over manufacturing to some overseas factory.
The idea of a owning a pair of AA batteries that recharge in just a matter of seconds is pretty cool, especially if you’re a gamer who can never find a fresh set of batteries when the ones powering your controller give out. But the big picture is even more exciting. If West gets enough support he should be able to bring this same design to future smartphones, potentially putting an end to our mobile battery life woes for good.