Battery life is always going to be the major issue we run into when we are dealing with our portable devices. TheÂ batteriesÂ in our devices nowadays keep getting better and better, but it is when we have to found a power outlet to charge them, is when it can get really frustrating. Well a 18 year-old girl has something to say about that.
Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California, just won aÂ $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair forÂ designingÂ an energy storage device that will be capable of getting a full charge in 20 to 30 seconds. This device is called aÂ supercapacitor, and it is able to pack a lot of juice in a small space. The device also charges super quickly, and will hold a charge for a very long time. Normal batteries can withstand about 1,000 recycled charges in its lifespan, and theÂ supercapacitor is able to hold about 10,000.Â MotorolaÂ and Samsung should be knocking on this teenager’s door right about now.
Now she had just won this award, so it will be awhile before any company decides to write her a fat check and implement this technology in their products. It would certainly be very nice to only have to plug in our devices for 20 seconds,Â insteadÂ of waiting about 2 hours to get a full charge. I still find it amazing that a 18 year-old came up with this, and theÂ countlessÂ other brainiacs out there that work within the OEMs have not. Let us know what you guys think.