Good news: Emerging technology promises that we might soon be able to power our phones in 10 minutes instead of a few hours. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have come up with a new architecture for lithium-batteries that could make speedy charges for portable electronics a reality. You can find lithium-ion batteries in everything from your smartphone to your laptop to electric vehicles, and it comes down to how they’re built.
The researchers say current lithium-ion batteries are limited. In electric cars, batteries are a huge part of the vehicle’s mass. “And the size of batteries in portable electronics limits the trend of downsizing,” they added. So the idea is to make them smaller and lighter while amping up their abilities.