Breakthrough tech charges smartphone battery in 20 minutes

by Todd Haselton | February 28, 2017

A company named Meizu, known better outside of the United States for its smartphones, says it has developed a new technology that allows it to charge a 3000mAh smartphone battery to full capacity in just 20 minutes. Gone are the days of sitting at an outlet. The company is marketing its new tech as “Super mCharge.”

“Super mCharge adopts the Charge Pump Principle, applying only two groups of conversion circuits to directly output half of the voltage,” Meizu said. “This increases charging efficiency by 9 percent to 98 percent, and ensures stable performance during charging. With Super mCharge, battery temperature tops at 102.2 degrees during charging, resulting in a safer and more reliable charging solution.”

Temperature is key here, especially since quick charging can sometimes make phones really hot, potentially putting the battery at risk of exploding. Meizu seems to have worked around that obstacle. Special batteries are also capable of taking that extra power at once, which means this tech won’t just work on any smartphone.

“The lithium-based material and special manufacturing processes have greatly improved energy throughput and service life. The battery remains over 80% capacity even after 800 complete charge and discharge cycles. Based on our data analysis, the battery’s service life exceeds more than two years,” Meizu said.

The race to charge is on

Meizu didn’t say when the first devices with its tech will be available. Samsung, Qualcomm, Huawei and other firms are all racing to create fast charging technologies, but none have hit these sorts of speeds. My guess is it won’t be long until this is more common.

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