Shalom Life | April 23, 2014

Israel's StoreDot Will Charge Your Phone in 30 Seconds

The Tel Aviv based startup is looking to revolutionize the mobile phone industry, though it will likely take years to hit the mainstream market

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: April 8th, 2014 in Business » Israel

On Monday at Microsoft’s Think Next symposium in Tel Aviv, Storedot, a Tel Aviv based startup, showed off their technology that could charge a dying phone in less than a minute.

This can revolutionize the mobile phone industry, specifically for those people who can't leave the house without a charger, or can't leave for more than a few hours at a time.

The technology features “nanodots” in the electrode which store electrolytes. StoreDot says this will allow for the battery’s electrode to charge much faster, while still discharging at a rate that is similar to other lithium-ion batteries. The technology is based off of naturally occurring organic compounds, and is is cheap to produce as a result.

Impressive demonstration aside, StoreDot’s technology faces some issues when considering reaching the mass market. In the demo, StoreDot’s battery was larger than the one inside the demo phone - Samsung’s Galaxy S4 - but had a smaller capacity, meaning that, while the phone can charge quicker, it’s charge does not last as long. StoreDot reports that they are working on issues regarding capacity and hope to reach a conventional battery size within the next year.

The charger used, like the battery, is larger as well, though StoreDot says they are working on reducing the size of it as well, mind you, it will be roughly twice as expensive as a normal charger. The phone also needs to be modified to accommodate a high current during charging, but, as with the other issues, StoreDot asserts that they will eventually be able to drop the battery into established phones.

All in all, it sounds promising.

In regards to funding and mass-production, StoreDot says it has “a large Asian smartphone manufacturer” which, according to The Next Web, invested $6 million into the company. That said, StoreDot isn’t planning to begin production until 2016.

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