Nanodot-based sponge battery juices up your smartphone in 30 seconds


Waiting for your phone to get charged on the go can be just as frustrating as watching your battery frequently die at the wrong time. In this fast-paced world people welcome any technology that allows them to do things faster and more efficiently. An Israeli company StoreDot says it has developed a battery pack that can fully charge a mobile device in 30 seconds and an electric car in two to three minutes. The Tel Aviv-based startup claims to have developed a battery that can store a higher charge much more quickly via microscopic magnets called “nano dots.” Nano dots are bio-organic nano crystals that are only 2 nanometers in size. They act like an incredibly dense sponge that quickly soak up a lot of power from the mains and retain it.

The prototype is currently too bulky to be shipped with our super-slim smartphones but the company believes that they will be launching slimmer smartphone-ready versions by 2016.

They are not just limiting themselves to mobile phones either. The same technology can also be adapted to electric cars, by modifying the electrode so it could retain higher currents, making them as much more viable alternative to fuel-powered vehicles. Doron Myserdorf, the founder and chief executive of StoreDot said that nanodots are bio-organic molecules; they have never been developed before.

By using a wide range of bio-organic raw materials that are eco-friendly, the company has avoided the environmental hazards caused by other nanodot technologies that are heavy metal-based, making them toxic. Myserdorf notes that they have raised $48 million from two rounds of funding, including backing from a leading smartphone manufacturer. Myserdorf decline to disclose the name of the company, but said it was Asian.

A power cycle round refers to the number of times a battery can be re-charged in its lifetime. Myserdorf notes that fast-charging smartphones would cost around $100 to $150 more than current models and would ultimately be able to deliver 1,500 power cycles, giving it about three years of life.

Via: Dailymail