New Battery That Can Charge Your Phone In 60 Seconds
Tired of waiting for your phone to charge? They're working on a new battery that will charge your phone in about a minute!
A group of scientists at Stanford University have developed a battery made of aluminum as opposed to the usual ion-lithium or alkaline batteries. This aluminum battery can charge a smart phone in a minute and have much longer life cycle.
Chemistry Professor Hongjie Dai was the leader of the group and he says these aluminum batterys are much safer in comparison to other conventional batteries. Dai says these rechargeable alumni batteries would replace alkaline batters which are bad for the environment.
The batteries would also replace lithium-ion batteries, which sometimes burst into flames. These alumnim batteries are created with a lot more density. In fact Dai says “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”
Like all great inventions, these long lasting batteries were discovered by accident! According to MarketWatch, "The team accidentally discovered that graphite works as a suitable material for the positively charged cathode, which is combined with a negatively charged anode made of aluminum to power the battery."
The group's data shows that the battery can be recharged tens of thousands of times. However, Dai adds there is still more work to be done. The aluminum batteries produce only about half the voltage of a lithium-ion battery. Dai suggested that improving the cathode material could possibly increase the voltage.
Despite this, the scientists have high hopes for the alumiunm battery. Dai says:
“I see this as a new battery in its early days. It’s quite exciting.”
The battery make spark some interest for Tesla Motors, Inc. The Chief Executive Chairman, Elon Musk, of the company plans to launch a Tesla battery for homes and business.