Batteries suck. All batteries die at some point, even if takes 30 whole days. The creation of the rechargeable battery makes things cheaper and more convenient, if not exactly better, because charging something like a smartphone still means waiting around while tethered to a wall outlet or some kind of bulky battery pack. Israeli startup StoreDot is attempting to save your precious time with its nanodot-based smartphone battery. The thing can supposedly charge in under 30 seconds. That’s right, half a minute is all it takes.
So, what the heck are nanodots? They’re molecules produced by StoreDot that are comprised of chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules. These things are tiny, which helps improve electrode capacitance and electrolyte performance. The reason it takes so long to charge batteries is because you’re literally reversing the exact chemical reaction that caused the battery to die in the first place. These small molecules speed up that process by an incredible amount.
This idea has been attempted before, but those attempts generally used heavy metals. If you remember your periodic table, heavy metals can be extremely toxic. StoreDot used bio-organic raw materials which are safe both to people and the environment, and the sheer abundance of organic material on Earth makes them more affordable. Says StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf, "in essence, we have developed a new generation of electrodes with new materials – we call it MFE – Multi Function Electrod. On one side it acts like a supercapacitor (with very fast charging), and on the other is like a lithium electrode (with slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified with our nanodots in order to make the multifunction electrode more effective."
StoreDot is seeking patents as we speak, with mass production planned for late 2016. So, presuming it works, this means a lot more than just less waiting time for our cell phones to recharge. Most notably, it could change the feasibility of using electric cars. Imagine if you could charge your car in 30 seconds: it'd be faster than hitting a gas pump, and rapid recharging alongside highways would virtually eliminate range anxiety.
Check out the demo video below to see these nanodots in action.