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Researchers Developing Supercapacitor to Charge iPhone in 60 Seconds

Researchers Developing Supercapacitor to Charge iPhone in 60 Seconds

Researchers have developed a supercapacitor that can fully charge an iPhone in just 60 seconds, potentially revolutionizing energy storage. This technology, which can also charge laptops in a minute and electric vehicles in ten minutes, was spearheaded by Ankur Gupta at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gupta’s team improved ion movement through porous materials, significantly enhancing the energy density and storage capacity of supercapacitors.

Traditionally, supercapacitors charge quickly but have lower energy densities compared to lithium-ion batteries. This limitation has hindered their widespread use despite their fast charging capabilities. The new research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, marks a major advancement in supercapacitor technology, allowing them to store more energy and thus making them more viable for various applications.

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This innovation could lead to faster and more efficient charging for devices such as smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles, greatly enhancing convenience and reducing downtime. For instance, the ability to charge an electric vehicle in ten minutes could transform the automotive industry, making electric cars more practical for daily use. Similarly, having laptops and other electronic devices that can be fully charged in just a minute could significantly change how we use and perceive portable technology.

The impact of this technology extends beyond personal electronics to large-scale energy storage solutions, potentially improving efficiency and performance across various sectors.