Battery life is always going to be the major issue we run into when we are dealing with our portable devices. The batteries 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 a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for designing  an energy storage device that will be capable of getting a full charge in 20 to 30 seconds. This device is called a 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 the supercapacitor is able to hold about 10,000. Motorola 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, instead 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 the countless other brainiacs out there that work within the OEMs have not. Let us know what you guys think.

  • FILA

    I wish I was this smart

  • Jared

    But she didn’t “come up” with this. There was you know, that viral video about the discovery of super capacitors for a while. And they’ve been known about for even longer, it just was reletivly recent that making them has become even easier.

  • James Booker


    I think you mean 18, she is 18 years old.

    That’s ‘Eighteen’ if spelling it out helps.