Many of us have a veritable super-computer in our pockets in the form of our cell phones. As phone screens get bigger and brighter, and mobile processors get more powerful, all while phones get thinner and thinner, our phones seem to run out of battery power faster and faster. There are certainly options. You could never leave the house, staying within reach of an outlet at all times, though that’s probably not the best option. You could be a wall-hugger, someone who finds an outlet and sits along the wall with your phone plugged in, waiting for it to charge… again, not the best plan. Portable batteries are a better option, but then you have to carry around your portable battery all the time. Fast charging has become more prevalent in recent generations of smartphones, and Huawei has just announced their new fast charging battery tech that is awfully impressive.
Fast charging in general can greatly reduce one’s time as a wall hugger, and Huawei’s new battery tech could make wall hugging a very temporary position. In their testing, Huawei was able to charge a 600mAh battery – something more likely to be installed in a wearable of some kind – up to 68% in only two minutes. That’s great and all, but I think we all agree that a larger phone battery test would be more impressive. Huawei handled that too. The larger 3000mAh battery could charge up to 48% in a mere five minutes. Just think of what you could do with nearly half of your cell phone battery life! You can check out a video of the testing in the video below (NOTE: unfortunately the video is a Flash embed from the Tencent website and may not show up on mobile devices).
No word yet on when we can expect to see this new battery tech in Huawei devices, but it’s safe to assume that it will make its way to market at some point in the near future. You can read more about the battery tech and how Huawei achieved these results in the full press release below.
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FULL PRESS RELEASE
Huawei reveals the next generation of quick charging technology
The new batteries can be charged 10 times faster than current batteries, reaching approximately 50% capacity in mere minutes
[Nagoya, Japan, Nov.13, 2015] Watt Lab, which belongs to the Central Research Institute at Huawei Technology Corporation Limited, unveiled their new quick charging lithium-ion batteries at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan. Using next generation technology, these new batteries have achieved a charging speed 10 times faster than that of normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in mere minutes.
Huawei presented videos of the two types of quick charging lithium-ion batteries: one battery with a 600 mAh capacity that can be charged to 68% capacity in two minutes; and another with a 3000 mAh capacity and an energy density above 620 Wh/L, which can be charged to 48% capacity in five minutes to allow ten hours of phone call on Huawei mobile phones. These quick charging batteries underwent many rounds of testing, and have been certified by Huawei’s terminal test department.
According to Huawei, the company bonded heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. Huawei stated that the heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.
Huawei is confident that this breakthrough in quick charging batteries will lead to a new revolution in electronic devices, especially with regard to mobile phones, electric vehicles, wearable devices, and mobile power supplies. Soon, we will all be able to charge our batteries to full power in the time it takes to grab a coffee!
Huawei’s Watt Lab works closely with industry partners to promote technological development and pursue a new energy era. Watt Lab specifically focuses on the technical development of energy storage to support a better connected world via sufficient energy.