STATES CHRONICLE – Battery life has become one of the most important criteria when it comes to buying a new smartphone. Most users have come to terms with the idea that they can either buy one of the slimmer models – such as an iPhone 6s – and charge it twice a day, or settle for the bigger phablets that are impossible to use with just one hand.
Engineers have come up with various alternatives to fix this first world problem, such as the portable or disposable batteries, but they all have disadvantages. The portable ones need to be carried all the time, while the disposable ones are an absolute nightmare for the environment.
However, the solution found by the researchers at Vanderbilt University could be the best so far. Reported the journal ACS Nano, they say that by using quantum dots made of iron pyrite – also known as fool’s gold – Huawei can produce faster-charging batteries with more life cycles.
Even though it is only in the developmental phase yet, Huawei’s breakthrough in the battery business is real. Only time will tell if the battery will actually make it into our phones, and we’ll believe the miracle when we see it, but users around the world are crossing their fingers that the Chinese multinational is onto something.
Huawei’s Watt Lab, which is under the umbrella of Central Research Institute at Huawei Technology Corporation Limited, is the one responsible for the new version of lithium-ion battery. The battery – charging up to 10 times faster than the regular kind – was recently announced on the Huawei Fans Club Blog.
Huawei has tested two fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, one of which was able to be charged up to 68 percent in under two minutes due to its 600 mAh capacity. And the exciting thing is that the battery seems to have been “certified by Huawei’s terminal test department,” surpassed the purely experimental phase.
According to Huawei’s website, the battery has undergone “many rounds of testing,” and that it was efficient to use carbon bonds as “catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium.” By doing this, the company has managed to increase charging speed without having to reduce the amount of energy that can be stored in one unit or the battery’s life.
Imagine being able to charge your phone in the time it takes you to drink your morning coffee – no more panic because you forgot to actually plug the charger in the wall last night.
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