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One of the biggest problems smartphone users across the globe experience with their mobile devices is poor battery life. Not only do batteries last for a few days at most, they also take quite a bit of time to charge, and degrade after time.

These familiar issues might all come to an end one day, thanks to scientists from the University of Central Florida (UCF), who have managed to create a prototype of a supercapacitor battery that is able to store more energy and charge a lot faster.

According to Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate at UFC, the new technology would allow you to charge your smartphone in only a few seconds. And even better, you wouldn’tĀ have to charge it again for at least a week. In addition, the battery can be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.

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But before you get too excited, please note that the technology is still in an early development phase. It is not ready for commercialization yet and probably won’t hit the market anytime soon. But it does give us hope that the agony of charging our phones daily and running out of juice mid-day is coming close to an end.

The new technology, which the team over at UCF plans on patenting, could be used in quite a few different industries. Smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches obviously come first to mind, but the new battery tech could also make a big impact in the electric vehicle industry. It would allow EVs to significantly improve their range and fully charge in just a few minutes. Nice!

Any thoughts? Do you think that this technology will change the market, or will it flop like so many others in the past?

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  • Rob Roy Metre

    I’ll be dead by then. In fact, we might all be, the way things are going

  • Jeff Penver

    Phone manufacturers will reduce the battery size to a spec of dust and handsets will only last 48 hours again.

    • Goblin Shark

      what handset lasts 48 hours now?

      • cns2007

        Not many, but I think the Moto Z Play, Asus Zenfone Max and Honor 8 probably can. There are a couple more I can’t recall right now.

      • Datalore1

        S7 active šŸ˜¬

      • Jeff Penver

        Mine, as I rarely pick it up and only use it on wifi with a smart watch.

  • Guest123

    No point telling us this, read 101 of these and none is in the market yet. Probably 50 years later if i’m still alive i might be excited lol.

    • LethalLunatic

      exactly, I always hope some chinese organization will steal all these R&D’s and develop it since no one else seem to release anything even remotely different than any of the lithium- tech’s

      • RiTCHiE

        problem is when you released it untested it might be the next bomb.

        • I mean, Samsung and iPhone’s batteries explode as well; even though their batteries are the same lithium ion. So why worry?

        • LethalLunatic

          all lithium batteries are prone to explosion if they’re not engineered well.

  • Kukujiao

    Coming soon in 3016

  • Johanaziz

    Yawn. Been talking about the next miracle battery tech for a decade now. Let’s talk about it when somebody has something to sell.

  • Eddie Hicks

    “Not only do batteries last for a few days at most”

    A few days? The only way any of my phone batteries would last for a few days is if I actually didn’t use it. I’m lucky to get a day and a half and I’m not a really big user. I haven’t seen a few days on a charge since my flip phone days.

  • Falconwing17

    Feels too good to be true, IMO

    • Arman

      Because it is!

  • Goblin Shark

    AA always words these headlines as if the tech were being released tomorrow lol

  • AlexEC

    Difficult to pronounce since the article give so much little details about it

  • droidtomtom

    The true innovation is not creating a better battery. Almost every research lab in the country/world has. It is being able to mass manufacture these technologies at scale. Few companies want to risk investing in a extremely expensive manufacturing technology only to be QC’ing while the next innovation is quicker and cheaper to market one year later. When current tech is profitable.

  • Rahul

    Will it help me win the giveaways of AA??