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.
The UCF team claims its supercapacitors can allow a device to withstand 30,000 charges before exhibiting signs of stress. Compare that with the 1,500 charges your current smartphone can withstand before its battery life starts to plummet, and it starts to sound like a revolution.