Student Develops A “Supercapacitor” That Recharges Phones In 30 Seconds

/ 3 years ago


Recharging batteries is the bane of many people’s lives. What could be worse than really needing to go out and do something, but you can’t because your battery on your smartphone, notebook or tablet is dead and it will take at least 3-5 hours to fully recharge.

Well one student has developed a type of “Supercapacitor” that promises to end this age-old problem we have had since we started using batteries in electronic devices. At Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair, student Eesha Khare presented her supercapacitor and won a staggering $50,000 for aiding with the development of her invention.

This supercapacitor creates a battery that can recharge in under 30 seconds. The technology itself has to be incorporated into a new battery but once a supercapacitor battery is created it could recharge to fill an iPhone capacity battery in around 30 seconds. In addition supercapacitors can hold 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, 10 times better than current batteries. The supercapacitor can also be weaved into fabric and bendable displays too.

However, all these things will have to wait a while because Eesha Khare still needs to add the finishing touches to the design of her supercapacitor. This new technology could be exactly what is required to kick start the use of electric cars. Eesha Khare has already been approached by Google, let’s hope she is not exploited by any big technology companies and is able to get the full rewards of her hard work and ingenuity.

What are your thoughts on this supercapacitor?

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  • She must be a brilliant student. Kudos to her.

  • Now where have I heard about this before? That’s right, from the scientists who discovered it – Kaner and El-Kady from UCLA. Perhaps the quotation marks should have been around “Invents”

    • Sakar

      Exactly. This is absurd, the technology has been around for almost a year and some student “invents” it?

      It was possible to make the things on disk drives, the methods for their construction where even released, over a month ago.

    • d6bmg

      I was about to post that link when I saw you have already posted that…
      Ok, that girl is a good student, but she didn’t invent that..

  • 30secfireworks

    Wrong! This or any supercapacitor would’n recharge a mobile phone battery in 30 seconds. The supercapacitor would be the mobile phone battery itself. Huge different. You try to charge a regular phone battery (LIPO) in 30 seconds and it will blow your face off