New battery to charge phones in just one minute
Scientists have invented a new battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute.
The researchers have created an aluminium battery which they hope could replace the lithium models commonly found in laptops and mobile phones.
As well as “unprecedented charging times”, the team said it was also safer than lithium-ion batteries as it was less prone to catching fire and more environmentally friendly than alkaline models such as AA and AAA.
Publishing the findings in the journal Nature, professor Hongjie Dai of Stanford University, hailed it as a breakthrough.
“We have developed a rechargeable aluminium battery that may replace existing storage devices which are bad for the environment,” he said.
“Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”