We just came across a really fascinating project on Kickstarter that is debuting a new kind of battery technology that professes to offer full charging in only 30 seconds. This truly ground-breaking technology is based on Lithium-ion capacitors and could be the revolutionary energy tech we have all been looking for.
Rechargeable batteries are of course much more eco-friendly than disposable batteries, and are broadly used in most of our mobile devices today. The main issue with rechargables however, is that it actually takes quite a while to charge them once depleted. The technology being developed by Shawn West and his Kickstarter project aims to remove this major inconvenience, with batteries that can be charged just a number of seconds.
Shawn has taken a Lithium capacitor that provides 3.8 volts of electricity and paired it with a very small circuit board that manages to brings the 3.8 volts down to the usual 1.5 volts that are common with AA, C and D batteries. The result is a battery that can be hooked up to a specially designed charger and fully charged in a number of seconds.
The core technology that is at the center of it all, is the Farad capacitor. Capacitor technology has really improved in recent years, moving from a very small source of energy, to a much more complete power source, i.e. a battery. A Farad capacitor is also known as a super-capacitor and can retain energy for extended periods of time and also charge very quickly. In the past, the down-side was that Farad capacitors could not provide power for long, but the arrival of the Lithium ion capacitor has changed that.
Check out the video below where Shawn West explains his new battery technology:
Although the current prototype batteries are in fact AAA, AA, C and D category batteries, Shawn is confident that that same technology can be applied to smartphone batteries. The idea of charging your smartphone in a number of seconds is of course very attractive to us all.
If you want to get hold of an early sample of Shawn’s 30 second charging battery, you can back his project on Kickstarter. Minimum contributions are welcome from $1 up, but a $25 pledge will get you 1 AA size rechargeable battery.
It seems that in the world of battery technology there we are finally seeing some real progress. We have recently seen research published that aims to double battery life using nanotechnology, as well some truly groundbreaking flexible battery technology from Prologium based in here in Taiwan. I think it is safe to say that when it comes to batteries and charging, things are going to improve in the near future.