Smartphones with batteries that fully charge in five minutes will be available next year. The technology was first shown off in 2015, when Israeli start-up StoreDot demonstrated its FlashBattery at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. Chief executive Doron Myersdorf told the BBC that, “It is now expected to enter production in early 2018.”
Mr Myersdorf said he could not reveal which manufacturers were signed up to use the technology. In 2015, he told the BBC his firm’s battery contained materials that allowed for “non-traditional” reactions and the unusually fast transfer of ions from an anode to a cathode – the electrical process that charges a battery.
The design involves nano-materials, which feature extremely small structures, and unnamed organic compounds.
Previously some versions of the battery were thicker than most smartphone batteries, but now Mr Myersdorf has claimed that it is ready for the market. “We will charge a smartphone in five minutes,” he said.
Mr Wood, was unconvinced whether the rollout would happen as quickly as Mr Myersdorf is saying, then it could be a major moment in the industry. “Taking risks with battery technology can bite you,” he told the BBC. “I would say that experience has taught me to always remain sceptical. Let’s see if it happens would be my view.”
Other manufacturers are also working on quick-charging battery technology. In November, Qualcomm announced its Quick Charge 4 system, that offers five hours of battery life following a five-minute charge.