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Huawei Unveils A Fast Charging Battery

Nov 17, 2015 09:36 PM EST

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When running late and just noticed that the smartphone’s battery is close to 0%, so the user attempts to charge it while he's in the shower. As he gets ready to go, he grabs the phone, only to see that the charge is at a mere 3%. What a letdown. So he'll pull the phone from the socket, and go grab a power bank. As he's stuck in traffic, he discovers that his power bank is all out of juice, too. Tough luck. So he starts thinking about getting a phone with fast charging features.

Today, though, one is already thinking about ordering a fast charger from eBay. And darn it, one can’t even set a reminder, because the phone is practically dead.

The problem with fast charging, though, is that it tends to damage the batteries. Huawei found a solution, with the new technology built into the batteries they unveiled at the 56th Battery Symposium in Nagoya, Japan, which happened last week.

The 56th Battery Symposium in Nagoya, Japan: http://www.knt-ec.net/2015/denchi56/en/

The new technology is exciting. With a battery charged up to 50% in just 5 minutes, a near-dead phone would be usable to bring through the morning commute to work. Situations as the one described above would be less of a pain by then.

Huawei demonstrated the following in the event:

-A 600 mAh capacity battery that charged up to 68 percent in just 2 minutes.

-A 3,000 mAh battery that charged up to 48 percent in 5 minutes.

Finding ways to charge phones and batteries faster is a trend in the gadget industry. Even Qualcomm announced its QuickCharge 3 technology in September, which promises to take the phone from 0% to 80% in just 35 minutes.

The fast charging technology from Huawei is speculated to take its time to roll out, however. Engadget points out that the batteries require a specific charger for it to work, implying that those who are anticipating the product shouldn’t hold their breaths. For now, it might be a good idea to always keep at least three power banks filled with enough “juice.”

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More on the new quick-charging Huawei Battery:

From PC Mag: http://asia.pcmag.com/batteries-power/7943/news/huawei-teases-fast-charging-batteries

From Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/15/huawei-graphite-fast-charging-battery/

From The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/16/smartphone-battery-huawei-technology-charge-48-per-cent-five-minutes

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