Battery Breakthrough Could Recharge Phones in Seconds

Scientists believe super-fast ion transfer will let technology charge ahead
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 3:48 AM CDT
MIT scientists believe their new battery technology could someday lead to the creation of fully electric cars that can swiftly recharge.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – MIT scientists have developed new battery technology that could potentially recharge a cell phone in seconds and an electric car in minutes, the Boston Globe reports. The researchers, who say the breakthrough could revolutionize technology and even lifestyles, have created a coating that speeds the transfer of ions into and out of rechargable lithium batteries a hundred fold.

The technology could be used for ultra-fast power packs for many devices, and may help speed the development of fully electric cars that can recharge in a reasonable time. The technology has been licensed by a Belgian company, and the scientists believe it could be available in consumer products within a couple of years for prices similar to today's batteries.