Huawei announces new battery technology, charges 10 times faster
While smartphones keep growing bigger in size, the same cannot be said about other mobile devices that utilise batteries to power themselves. What do you do when you cannot make them any bigger for wearables? Get them to charge up faster, and Huawei’s research division Watt Lab (which belongs to the Central Research Institute at Huawei Technology Corporation Limited) has made a battery that basically absorbs power faster.
Although Qualcomm’s Quick Charge and Oppo’s VOOC charging technologies are fast, Huawei claims its technology is up to 10 times faster.
While most of the current tech will take up to 25 minutes to charge your smartphone battery up to 60 percent, Huawei worked on building a better battery that will let you charge up to 68 percent of the battery’s capacity in 2 minutes.
In a video, Huawei demonstrated two types of quick charging lithium-ion batteries. The first one was a 600 mAh unit that charged to 68 percent in just 2 minutes. The second one was your standard flagship-sized 3000 mAh capacity battery that charged up to 48 percent in 5 minutes. That is pretty fast because just 5 minutes of charging can give you up to 10 hours of phone calls according to Huawei.
The technology lies in Huawei’s batteries “the company bonded heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. Huawei stated that the heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.”
In short, Huawei is working on building better batteries, compared to working on the charger to deliver the charge faster. Bottom line is that we could see these quick charging batteries, getting your smartwatch charged in a minute which is pretty impressive.
As of now, there is no news as to when these new batteries will begin showing up in smartphones and wearable tech. But considering that Huawei has the new batteries thoroughly tested before announcing the same, we could see them show up in mobile devices pretty soon.