The Technology of Mobile Phone Charging

In the recent past, a number of learning institutions have conducted extensive research on how they can increase the time a battery can sustain a charge. They have invested a lot of resources to launch better battery charging and manufacturing technology. Some recent developments in this industry include the following:

Ultra-rapid chargers; in most cases, quite a number of smartphone’s battery can retain charger for a period of 5 hours while it is being used in 2G network and up to 6 hours while the device is being used in a 3G network. On the other hand, the standby time can be between 470 hours and 545 hours. This may be too short a time for a heavy user and thus, getting some of the most efficacious charging methods could be a viable option.

Manufacturers are working on an ultra-rapid chargers which have been branded as “clever” and “spontaneous” charging mechanisms. With this technology, a smartphone’s battery can charge from 0% charge to its full capacity in less than an hour.

A number of people were shocked when an Israeli start-up StoreDot unveiled a device which charged Samsung S4 smartphone from 0% charge to its full capacity within 26 seconds. At the moment, this technology is only available in prototype and it could be incorporated fully in the smartphone manufacturing industry by 2017. Of course, this will automatically make the standby time irrelevant. This charging mechanism will also reduce the environmental impacts of battery by prolonging their life span.

Massive battery pack; there are quite a number of battery pack which have been developed in the recent past. A good example is the 5,000 mAh battery pack which has the ability to charge an iPhone’s battery about two times. Another common example is the 290 watt-hour battery pack. This battery pack can charge an iPhone about 50 times before it runs out of charge. It can also recharge MacBook Air about five times. There is a high probability that even more sophisticated and efficacious products will be developed in the future.

Optimized software; there are a number of software which have been developed in the recent past to speed up the charging process. A good example is a Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Although this particular software does not extend the life of a device’s battery, it speeds up the charging speed. That is to say, a device which could take about 270 minutes to charge to its full capacity using the conventional chargers will take about 96 minutes to charge to its full capacity. However, both the charger and the device must have a Quick Charge technology.

Super-capacitors; this is yet another technology which is likely to transform this industry. Super-capacitors fit in between rechargeable cells and regular battery. These devices can charge quickly, are rugged and they can experience tens of thousands of charge cycles before giving up.

A very common example is the use of super-capacitor batteries in Blueshift Bamboo speakers. They can charge in some few minutes and play music for about 6 hours before running out of charge. When such batteries shall have been fully developed, they will take about 30 seconds to charge a smartphone battery.

Wireless charging; this is yet another technology which is being explored by various smartphone manufacturers. A good example is the Dipole Coil Resonant System which had been developed by Researchers in South Korea which has the ability to charge about 40 smartphones which have been placed 5 meters away.

Screens with solar panels; in this technology, the touch screens of various smartphones is fitted with a thin layer of solar charging cells. These cells have the ability to add about 15% to the battery when exposed to light.