Your smartphone will soon charge up five times more quickly thanks to a new ‘miracle material’ called graphene.
The South Korean tech firm Samsung has used a substance called graphene to create a ‘ball’ which boosts the capacity of a traditional lithium-ion battery by 45 percent and makes it charge up much more quickly
The graphene ball can be placed inside an old-school battery to improve its function dramatically.
Currently, lithium-ion batteries take more than an hour and a half to recharge, but this could be sliced to less than 18 minutes
The tech firm hopes its invention will also be used in electric cars, which requires batteries than can charge quickly, last a long time and not suffer performance loss as they age.
However, you probably won’t see it in the Galaxy S9 or any upcoming smartphones, because it’s only in the experimental stage of its development.
‘Fast charging capability is considered critical to the successful adoption of all-electric vehicles by the public,’ Samsung wrote in a complex document describing its discovery
The South Korean tech giant has a rather tortured history with lithium-ion batteries.
Last year, it was forced to recall its Galaxy Note 7 mobiles after several of the devices caught fire.
It blamed the incidents on problems with the gadget’s battery.
Graphene is a substance which consists of a single layer of carbon atoms. It is the strongest material ever tested.
Its existence was theorized for decades, but scientists were only able to produce it recently.
British scientists recently used graphene to create a sieve capable of making seawater drinkable, potentially bringing clean water to millions of people.
A team from the University of Manchester, where boffins won a Nobel Prize in 2010 after ‘discovering graphene‘, used the material to filter out salts from water to make it safe to drink.