Mobile phones are great, aren’t they?
Sure, in all respects they are … bar one. They need recharging. This wasn’t that much of an issue when all we used our mobile devices for was to make phone calls and send texts, but now we demand so much more of our smartphones. As a result, just as we humans spend a third of our lives asleep, our smartphones seem to spend a third of their lives being charged.
And let’s not talk about the horror of forgetting to plug your phone in last thing at night, and waking in the morning to find it completely out of juice. Shudder.
The days of the hours-long charging cycle may soon be as irrelevant to smartphones as the brandname ‘Nokia’. A company called Nucleus Scientific has revealed a method of completely re-fuelling your ‘gasping for breath’ mobile device in a matter of minutes.
The company claims that its amazing battery technology system, which it has called the ‘Intelligent Energy System’ (IES), changes the way in which energy is stored in a battery, as well as the way it is transferred. IES can also greatly extend the life of any batteries it is used to charge.
Currently, most rechargeable batteries are recharged using the Constant-Current Constant-Voltage (CCCV) method. This new system uses a variable current that is constantly monitored by a micro-processor, and is so efficient that the size of a standard 100W power converter can be reduced by a factor of six.
Almost a decade ago, Nucleus Scientific put together a super-smart team of PhDs in physics, chemistry and engineering, and after eight years of toil the team appears to have come up with a super-smart solution to mobile battery recharging.
In a recent demonstration at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, the company astounded the audience by fully charging a 10,000 mAh prototype battery in fifteen minutes. Normally, charging a 10,000 mAh battery would take hours.
Additionally, Nucleus Scientific claim that under laboratory conditions, they’ve succeeded in charging a 14,000 mAh battery (equivalent to nine typical smartphone batteries) in less than two minutes. The company advised that by slowing down the charging time (in this case to a snail’s pace of … three minutes), it was possible to double the lifespan of the battery.
Uses of this new recharging technology are not limited to the smartphone batteries. Nucleus Scientific also revealed that they are working on a battery for an electric scooter. With current technology, charging a scooter battery for a 12km journey would take over four and a half hours. Nucleus Scientific claim they can cut the charging time down to ten minutes. The company say they hope to adapt their technology so that even the new breed of electronic vehicles can be re-juiced and ready to rock-n-roll in a matter of minutes, as opposed to hours.
Naturally, Nucleus Scientific are being a little guarded about their breakthrough, until at least they’ve managed to licence their patents. They claim to be in talks with a number of well-known companies about the incorporation of their technologies into suitable products.