Improved technology and new research at the University of Waterloo in Kitchener, Ontario indicates that future smartphones and tablet PC’s could potentially be fully recharged literally in just a matter of seconds.
The mobile industry sure has come a long way. Tablets and smartphones are now capable of doing things that most people wouldn’t have even dreamed of just a decade ago. As hardware for these mobile devices along with the apps and software that run them advances, the need for better and longer lasting battery life also increases.
For example, many Android and iOS mobile games have a tendency to use up the battery life of mobile devices rather quickly. A new breakthrough by a team of researchers at UOW which was reported last week however could make it so we’re in fact one step closer to being able to rapidly charge smartphones and tablets almost instantly.
Many tech giants and OEM’s have attempted to create better batteries for mobile devices over the years only to run into numerous types of issues such as overheating which can also lead to dangerous fire hazards for example. This new research however could be just the solution the mobile industry needs.
By using nanotechnology the research team at UOW have found a way to significantly improve the energy-storage capacity of supercapacitors. This essentially doubles the electrical charge that mobile devices will be able to hold. Not to mention, this green technology is safer and more reliable than traditional batteries found in today’s mobile devices.
Michael Pope, a chemical engineering professor who led this research at UOW, claims that by using liquid salt to separate atomically thin layers called graphene they are able to boost the storage capacity of supercapacitors.
This technology could have many beneficial uses that extend far past the mobile industry as well. For instance, such rapid charging technology could also improve battery life for future electric vehicles, laptops, and also be used with high-powered lasers.
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