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This battery can charge fully in just a minute

by Todd Haselton | April 9, 2015April 9, 2015 7:00 pm PDT

Quick Charge and other fast charging technologies are super convenient for when you want to top up a tablet or smartphone with some juice before hitting the road. Samsung’s Galaxy S6, for example, promises up to 2 hours of video playback after just 10 minutes on the charger. But what about a battery that fully charges in just a minute?

Researchers at Stanford have created just that: a new aluminum and graphite battery that can be fully charged in under sixty seconds. It’s also not as dangerous as alkaline batteries that are prone to catching fire and has “no decay over time,” which means it should last longer than today’s solutions. Even more compelling, due to the stability of the aluminum battery, scientists can create flexible packs that might one day filter down into fully flexible electronics.

“[It] may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames,” Stanford professor of chemistry Hongjie Dai told CNBC. “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”

There’s currently at least one roadblock the researchers are facing: the battery doesn’t offer as much voltage as existing solutions – coming in at about half the voltage of lithium ion packs, CNBC said. Even still, you’ll notice it powering smartphones in the video above. If scientists can eventually add additional voltage, however, this may one day be in electronics we eventually take for granted.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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