A technological breakthrough could charge a future iPhone in seconds, yes seconds.
The new technology uses graphene, which is made from the same graphite found in a pencil, to deliver supercapacitors that can enable super fast charging.
According to researchers, the new technology could replace batteries with super capacitors. These super capacitors could charge an iPhone in five seconds. The technology could also enable car charging in around a minute.
By swapping out the battery in an iPhone with these super-capacitors we could effectively solve the problem of dead iPhone batteries. Even the busiest users can find five seconds to plug-in a phone during the day, and such fast charging would make it charging stations in airports and public locations practical.
Discovery News sums up the power of graphene and how it could change the way we charge and use iPhones and mobile tech in the video below.
In addition to delivering super fast charging, graphene is flexible, which would offer manufacturers more design freedom for smartphones and for wearable technology. With a a graphene super-capacitor instead of a battery, an iWatch would last weeks on a few seconds of charging and could weave the power source into a wristband.
Forget about a big blocky battery in a future iPhone, or the need for user replaceable batteries in Android phones. With flexible graphene super-capacitors, the power source is flexible and could be meshed around the existing components for thinner smartphones.
In testing the scientists at UCLA found wer able to use graphene super-capacitors to power a lightbulb for minutes on seconds of charging. This is an impressive amount of time for such a short charge.
Scientists discovered that it is possible to manufacture graphene needed using liquid carbon and a DVD burner. The ability to cheaply and quickly manufacture graphene super capacitors is important to the possibility of getting these super-capacitors in future phones, tablets and cars.
Graphene is also a component researchers are investigating to allow battery life to last 10 times longer, according to research published in late 2011.