Coming Soon To The iPhone 7s, 0% To 100% Battery Charging In Under A Minute?

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Sick of waiting for your iPhone to finish charging? By 2017, your iPhone could completely charge from 0% to 100% in just 5 minutes, in a portable, consumer-friendly package that will make long charging times a thing of the past.

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has demonstrated new technology at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference that showed how, using standard smartphone batteries, they can speed up charging a smartphone to full to under a minute.

If you know how batteries work, this is a tricky problem. Basically, batteries are like filling up a water balloon: at first, you can really just blast the water in there, because there’s plenty of empty space, but the closer to full you get, you have to trickle water in to prevent the whole thing from just blowing up on you. This is why batteries take longer in the last 20% to charge than the first 80%.

StoreDot’s essentially saying that they’ve figured out a way to blast energy faster into the balloon, and not slow down when they need to trickle up the top. That’s a bold claim, and even more impressive, StoreDot says the technology would use the same batteries as existing smartphones, and the chargers would only cost twice as much (and since they’re inexpensive, at least on smartphones, that means basically nothing).

Sadly, right now, the prototype is about the size of a laptop charger, and the technology probably won’t be ready for primetime until 2016. Could Apple snatch them up before them? It wouldn’t be the first time Apple has bought an Israeli tech company, after all.

  • Adrayven

    Thats one buy that I’d be hoping for, if it’s truly solid tech..

  • avirocks

    Hold your breath. Samsung is one of the backers.

    • ronjon400

      being a backer and walking into a room with a 50 gallon tote full of cash is 2 totally different things

  • Grahaman27

    It will charge quickly, but only last 30 minutes on a charge. Sweet! Go for it, apple :P

  • Danish Hassan

    Hey Author  what proof do you have that it’s coming to iphone 7? Or Apple pay you to say those kind of rhings.

    • PMB01

      Maybe read the article?

      • Danish Hassan

        Google it and see who their partners are.

      • PMB01

        You’re an idiot.

      • Danish Hassan

        Why :) and I will tell you later why I post that comment.

      • PMB01

        Because your question is answered in the article, moron.

      • Danish Hassan

        I know that and I read other articles too about that technology and they didn’t mention or any other manufacturer in the heading. John Brownlee shouldn’t have mention iPhone either unless he is getting paid from Apple. Not all people read or understand article or technology. They will just read the heading start spreading the words. I know people who believe on fake YouTube videos about the projector keyboard on iPhone 5 and believed they will be able to type on desk or table.
        I have read news something like iPhone save someone like and when I read the detail there is nothing do with iPhone it could be any phone. I hate those kind of people who work their agenda and do publicity for companies.

      • PMB01

        I reiterate, you’re an idiot.

  • bandata

    We don’t know if Apple will make it available in 2016 or 2026 under Timmy :-) He is still sleeping on his desk even when internal report says marketshare is declining.

    • PMB01

      Back to your cave.

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John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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