Behind every good phone is a good battery. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. But as battery technology plods forward, we keep finding ways to ask more and more of our phones. Samsung’s research arm is making advances in battery tech that might just take care of that. Until they come up with another way to drain every last amp out of that one. This new discovery, though, took balls.
The Korean tech manufacturer announced that researchers at its Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) have developed a battery material called a graphene ball. The company says the tech could allow a 45 percent increase in capacity and the ability to charge five times faster than the lithium-ion batteries currently powering (and heating) our phones. Where a current Lithium-Ion battery takes about an hour to charge, the battery built based on the graphene-ball technology takes about 12 minutes.
Graphene was theorized about and produced accidentally for years before being isolated in the early 2000s, and is notable for its extreme strength and conductivity.
SAIT’s advancement will allow Samsung to mass-produce graphene at an affordable price, said lead researcher Son In-hyuk in a prepared statement.
The technology is likely a few years out yet, but the notion of a longer-lasting, faster-charging battery is an attractive one, and this is tech we could see make its way into just about every aspect of our lives – from phones to cars to laptops. It can’t get here fast enough.