Stanford Creates Battery that Charges in 1 Minute

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You’re rushing home with only have 5 minutes before you have to leave for the next event, fearing that your phone is not going to last the night. While you try to get as much juice as you can out of a 5 minute charge, it’s simply not enough. Even with all of the improvements that have been made to our batteries over the years, we are still looking for something better. With that said, it appears that Stanford might have stumbled upon something great that could change the above stated problem forever. 



According to Stanford News, Stanford University scientists have invented a battery that could possibly do away with lithium ion and alkaline batteries. Hongjie Dai, a professor at Stanford, states:

We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames. Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.

In our study, we have videos showing that you can drill through the aluminum battery pouch, and it will continue working for a while longer without catching fire. But lithium batteries can go off in an unpredictable manner  – in the air, the car or in your pocket. Besides safety, we have achieved major breakthroughs in aluminum battery performance.

Safety is a major selling point for these aluminum batteries. No one wants their phone to catch fire while they are geeking out on Clash of Clans. While it’s unlikely that people will purposely drill through their batteries, there are still safety concerns when it comes to lithium-ion batteries. Many of us have heard the horror stories of batteries catching fire or blowing up while charging. For example, in 2014, Japan Airlines Co Ltd temporarily grounded a Boeing 787 Dreamliners after white smoke started appearing from a leaking lithium-ion battery.

Performance is another great feature of these new batteries. The aluminum batteries that Stanford scientists invented withstood more than 7,500 cycles without loss of capacity. Typical lithium-ion batteries start losing capacity after 1,000 cycles. In addition, the aluminum prototype can charge in one minute. That’s right, one minute



From what I can see, the aluminum battery that Stanford scientists created are safer, last longer, and charge faster. Just think, if we could get a full charge in 60 seconds, our lives would be changed forever; even if that charge only lasted 1/2 the day.

We are still likely years away from seeing aluminum batteries hit the market, but we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. What are your thoughts? Do you think we will see batteries that can receive a full charge in 60 seconds in the next 2-3 years? Let us know your predictions in the comment section below.

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2 comments on “Stanford Creates Battery that Charges in 1 Minute”

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  2. Anonymous Reply

    This article is woefully lacking in detail. Defining battery “performance” as merely how quickly it recharges reveals only one small aspect of a battery’s true “performance”. More importantly, what is this new aluminum design’s *energy density*, especially compared to Lithium Ion, a current leader in mass-market battery energy density? For example, Li-ion batteries (of which there are numerous chemical variations with various pros and cons), tend to have a specific energy density of 100 to 250 W-h/kg (360 to 900 kJ/kg). How does this aluminum prototype compare? Then there’s also volumetric energy density and specific power density, both of which are factors in the applications possible for a battery.

    Li-ion batteries are the current market leaders because they have a good balance between high capacity (~1200 mAh), voltage (7.2V per cell), and delivered energy (8.6Wh per cycle), along with an acceptable safety record. By omitting similar comparisons in your “article”, you force us to consider that while this battery may indeed recharge very quickly and be one of the safest batteries ever made with little or no risk of fire, it may be completely incapable of powering a standard smartphone or even have sufficient energy density to actually fit in one. As I said…a lot more detail is required.

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