Although life is constantly made easier by your smartphone, one glaring caveat is your device’s dwindling battery. As we’ve repeatedly noted, your phone’s lifespan is often precarious, but scientists are tackling this issue head on, developing battery alternatives that could basically make your iPhone immortal.
One great example is a new development from the University of Central Florida, where researchers are on the cusp of creating new technology that could charge your phone in just a matter of seconds. By replacing a traditional phone battery with hyper-flexible supercapacitors, smartphones could very well be entering a bold new frontier.
“If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral researcher, told UCF’s student newspaper.
Supercapacitors aren’t magic, although they are complex. In a simplistic sense, the tiny, powerful batteries store an immense amount of energy per unit, and transfer energy at a mesmerizing clip. They’re also far more durable, and can tolerate much more wear and tear than the lithium-ion batteries that power your iPhone 7. Researchers have occasionally encountered problems trying to integrate the tech into a small enough framework that could power a consumer device, but still, the prospects are exciting.