Oct 03 AT 1:01 PM Edgar Cervantes 16 Comments

Video: Next step in battery technology: Charge your smartphone in 10 minutes

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Battery technology is one of the main concerns for Android users. Currently, most smartphones don’t last an entire work day. Some devices die in 3-4 hours. And charging your device everywhere you go is an inconvenience. Cellphones are supposed to be “mobile,” not slaves to a power outlet.

Many of you have been praying and begging for new battery technology. While this new development won’t stop you from charging often, it will allow you to charge for a shorter period of time. A much, much shorter period of time. In fact, this smartphone battery can be fully charged in 10 minutes.

NTT Docomo and NEC have teamed up to build this battery prototype, and¬†Engadget¬†managed to catch a glimpse of it during Japan’s CEATEC trade show. Not much was revealed about the product, but Engadget did get a few details. This prototype is made for NEC’s Medias Android smartphone, which is currently only available in Japan. This feat is possible thanks to the Sleeve’s AC adapter, which pushes 6.0 amps to the battery. (Normal charges support about 0.5 amps).

The prototype is a battery sleeve that you place on your device, which is then charged through the power outlet. This, along with the fact that it’s only available for one Japanese phone, makes it much less compelling. But imagine the potential. If we could charge batteries in 10 minutes, it would no longer be such an inconvenience to charge devices as often as we do now. You could easily fully charge a device while having lunch or drinking a cup of coffee.

Take a look at Engadget’s hands-on video and check out the images posted below to see more about this revolutionary battery. What do you guys think? Would you get one of these battery sleeves? What do you see coming in the future of battery technology?

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Via: Gizmodo

Source: Engadget

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    saw this on engadget. the future is looking bright on the battery front. now if htc could just figure out that high end superphones need more han 100Mha battery (exagerated to prove a point)

  • R.S

    Would you need to keep that ugly plasticky sleeve on it all the time (not just when charging)? If so, I don’t see it catching on very well since a lot of people want the thinnest phone possible.

    Then there is the aesthetic value. If someone has a sleek “sexy” phone, it’s doubtful that they’ll want to have a cheap looking sleeve on it all the time.

    Now if it were eventually designed to look like a slip on case (sort of like some extended battery packs), be a little rugged and maybe even provide some protection for the phone, then I could see people willing to keep in on their phones on all the time.

  • heeros

    I wonder what this does to the longevity of the battery.

  • http://www.911eda.com Ryan

    Thanks! I actually learned something new today!

  • xsynth

    It’s a first step at least. But I don’t see myself buying anything like this.
    You still have to be near a power outlet when the battery gets low, so it really isn’t that different to what we have now.

    “You could easily fully charge a device while having lunch or drinking a cup of coffee.”
    Charge it where exactly? If you’re in a cafe, your more than likely not going to be by an outlet.

    Now, how about Photovoltaic screens?

  • inviolable

    Sounds more like a band-aid than really fixing the battery ‘issue.’

    • Interpol91

      True but at least it is something to offset the current battery issues until better technology can fix it for good.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I wished my vibrator could charge in ten minutes. : (

  • Mark

    We need REAL innovation not some haphazard attempt…

  • Blake

    You guys are insane.
    This is amazing technology that we should welcome.

    I would love to give my phone a full charge after work and before I go out for the night.
    Currently that isn’t possible.

  • snowbdr89

    I noticed on my bionic it seems to charge faster then normal but no where near ten minutes, ten min charge would be awesome!!

  • Nick

    Wonder how safe this would be….5 amps…that’s a lot.

  • http://www.molotovbliss.com B00MER

    http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2011/09/23/better-li-ion-batteries/

    If these two can go hand in hand, would be awesome.

    know if only Tesla was still alive and we could have wireless electricity :)

    • http://www.molotovbliss.com B00MER

      oops I mean, *now… where’s the edit button on this?

  • SliestDragon

    This would be really cool. Now all they need to do is find a way to increase capacity more, then were really getting somewhere.