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30-Second Phone Charger? Prototype Gives Full Boost in Half a Minute

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 01:12 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Israel-based startup StoreDot says it's created a 30-second phone charger that gives you full power in just half a minute instead of hours.

StoreDot demonstrated its battery-charging prototype Monday at Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv.

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The company told TechCrunch the 30-second phone charger could be available commercially within three years.

StoreDot has reportedly received $6.25 million from investors, one of which is rumored to be Samsung, TechCrunch said.

"We are about one year from a functional prototype that will be inside the device," StoreDot's CEO and founder Dr. Doron Myersdorf told TechCrunch. "Right now we show a battery that extends beyond the form factor of the smartphone. So in one year we'll have reached the size, and in two years we'll reach the required energy density for the entire day."

There are still some challenges for StoreDot to overcome: It needs to reduce the size of the unit to fit in smartphones and lower the retail cost from nearly twice the price of the average phone charger, The Wall Street Journal noted.

Myersdorf told TechCrunch there are other challenges, though.

"The only disadvantage is that the industry is not ready for it. The ecosystem is not ready,” he said. “This is a new type of material, with new physics, new chemistry, that is actually coming from nature. ... Our challenge is not only stabilizing our own material but to change the entire ecosystem around the manufacturing of semi-conductor and batteries in order to be able to accommodate bio-organic material."

Beyond recharging smartphones, StoreDot says their applications can also be used to revolutionize TV displays, digital storage, and bio-medical technology.

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