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Smartphones that charge in five minutes to hit shelves in 2018

Smartphone batteries that are able to charge in five minutes could be available starting  2018, according to a company designing them.

The FlashBattery’s design gives it the capacity to charge from empty to full capacity in the same amount of time it takes to boil the kettle or one hundred times faster than a normal smartphone.

The Israeli company behind the technology first unveiled the battery in 2014, before flaunting a more slim-lined version at the Consumers Electronics Show tech show in Las Vegas eight months later in early 2015, according to the Independent.


CEO of StoreDot Doron Myersdorf told BBC that mass production is set to begin by early 2018. The downside to these batteries is that their lifespan is shorter than that of batteries available in smartphones. However, the company believes this will not be a problem.

Ben Wood, a technology analyst at CSS Insight told BBC News that he doubts StoreDot can meet that target considering they would have to tackle issues such as how hot the battery might become. He believes that any firm which is capable of making this breakthrough would change the consumer tech industry.

Popular Mechanics‘ advice for those who want to preserve their smartphone battery is to keep the devices with the light lithium-ion batteries charged to around 50%. The explanation for this is that the maximum charge of lithium ions are held in its two electrodes.

Daisy Wilder