Battery breakthroughs happen all the time, in labs, but rarely make it to devices – until now. Samsung has announced a new graphene based battery that could mean its next Galaxy S9 smartphone will charge up to full in a mere 12 minutes.
The new battery will replace current lithium-ion batteries found in phones, wearables and cars. The next generation battery uses what are called graphene balls which are able to hold 45 percent the capacity of the lithium ones but charge super fast in 12 minutes. This makes them perfect not only for smartphones but also for cars.
Crucially this development is able to stay at a steady and stable 60 degrees celsius. That means it’ll not only charge fast but remain safe when in phones, wearables and cars. After Samsung’s previous record of exploding smartphones, it will need to take no risks with future battery developments.
By pioneering its own battery tech Samsung is able to avoid paying manufacturers and relying on their safety rules. It also means, if Samsung cracks this first, it could be the battery supplier, or licence owner, for this tech. For us that’s good news as it should mean this tech comes to market sooner rather than later.
All this comes from what was actually a mistake initially. Researchers were trying to mass synthesize graphene when they stumbled across graphene balls which are high in strength and conductivity – ideal for batteries.
While we’re hoping to see this in the next Samsung Galaxy S9 we’re aware safety testing of battery tech takes time so are keeping this at a hope for now.