Smartphone battery life has always been a focus for smartphone developers. With each iPhone came a longer battery life, and comparing the phones of today to cell phones a few years ago would reveal a considerable difference in the time it takes for the device to go from 100% to 0. However, it isn’t just the battery life that consumers want: the time it takes to charge the phone up in the first place is just as crucial as the time it takes for it to die.
Huawei, China’s top smartphone manufacturer, looks to capitalize on this, announcing on Friday they have found a way to charge a phone 10 times faster than current batteries.
The announcement was made at an industry event in Japan, with the company showing off a 3000 mAh lithium-ion battery that charged to 48% capacity in just five minutes. They also presented a smaller, 600 mAh capacity battery that got to 68% in two minutes. For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 2550 mAh battery, and the iPhone 6 uses a 1810 mAh battery, according to iFixit. Using the new battery, these phones could potentially fully charge in under 30 minutes.
“Soon, we will all be able to charge our batteries to full power in the time it takes to grab a coffee!” said Huawei.
The new technology alters how lithium ions are stored and moved inside the batteries, which in turn increases the charging speed. Huawei expressed that this discovery will not only help make mobile phones more efficient, but may lead to big changes for electric cars, wearable devices like the Apple Watch, and many other pieces of technology.
Furthermore, several other companies are trying to improve upon the battery charging process. Energous, Nikola Labs, and a couple others are working on ways to charge gadgets using nothing but radio waves. The technology is said to be making its way to market in a matter of months.
On top of that, British hydrogen fuel cell maker Intelligent Energy claims it has a working prototype of an iPhone 6 battery that doesn’t need to be charged for seven whole days.
Needless to say these tiny devices we carry around in our pockets are about to become a lot more advanced.