Battery Breakthrough Could Recharge Phones in Seconds

Scientists believe super-fast ion transfer will let technology charge ahead
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 3:48 AM CDT
Battery Breakthrough Could Recharge Phones in Seconds
MIT scientists believe their new battery technology could someday lead to the creation of fully electric cars that can swiftly recharge.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

MIT scientists have developed new battery technology that could potentially recharge a cell phone in seconds and an electric car in minutes, the Boston Globe reports. The researchers, who say the breakthrough could revolutionize technology and even lifestyles, have created a coating that speeds the transfer of ions into and out of rechargable lithium batteries a hundred fold.

The technology could be used for ultra-fast power packs for many devices, and may help speed the development of fully electric cars that can recharge in a reasonable time. The technology has been licensed by a Belgian company, and the scientists believe it could be available in consumer products within a couple of years for prices similar to today's batteries.
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