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Nokia Lumia 925 charged in seconds with the use of... lightning!

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Nokia Lumia 925 charged in seconds with the use of... lightning!

We've seen our fair share of weird stuff on the internet, and in the smartphone category in particular. Nokia's latest exploit, however, is edging on the ludicrous. The company, soon to be a part of Microsoft, doesn't appear too concerned about the fact that its current identity is threatened with extinction and is seemingly continuing to do its own thing. To put this more explicitly, Nokia has enrolled the help of the University of Southampton and more specifically – its high voltage laboratory. 

In case you were wondering, this is where it gets weirdly awesome, for the duo had the goal of taming the raw energy of a lightning by simulating the charge produced during a strike, with the aim of charging a Lumia 925 through it. Well, what do you know – it worked, or so Nokia and the scientists behind the experiment claim: 

“Using an alternating current, driven by a transformer, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300mm gap – giving heat and light similar to that of a lightning bolt. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, allowing us to charge the phone. We were amazed to see that the Nokia circuitry somehow stabilized the noisy signal, allowing the battery to be charged in only seconds. This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy.”, said Neil Palmer, one of the scientists behind the experiment.

A flashy gimmick or an actual, useful experiment? Nobody can really tell just yet, though Nokia is certainly taking the opportunity to remind us of their early adoption of wireless charging technology. That would be quite alright with us, granted that Nokia comes up with an equally zippy real life application for this.


source: Nokia

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posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:57 3

1. msa1988 (Posts: 407; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


That battery is going to explode!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:59 20

2. noler (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


No, it is Nokia and not Samsung.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:27 3

9. Jack58221 (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


and somewhere in China hundreds more iPhones explode as they attempt this trick.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:40 4

10. akki20892 (Posts: 2656; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia know how to make phones..........salute to nokia for making harder, tougher and excellent phones.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:00

3. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Nice discovery.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:03 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2096; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Be careful while lightning if you have L 925 in your pocket, it can be charged within seconds and will charge you as well. :)

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:21 1

5. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


This is so cool.. This could be a very useful study..

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:13 2

6. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


First Nokia 3310 and now this!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:23 2

7. boosook (Posts: 770; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


At the end of the video, the phone is charged just for a small percentage of its capacity, so what's the point of all this? It's a nice marketing video, a fun thing to watch, but when on the same day you read about the Fujitsu Arrow A (on this website) that can be actually be charged in 10 minutes with an amount of energy sufficient for the whole day you think that Nokia could invest their money better (i.e. do actual research instead of marketing).

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 02:15

13. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


this is a lot more than a marketing video !!!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:32

8. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Wall output is more than enough for a phone to charge very fast. The only problem is nobody has found out how to do it without doing major damage to the phone or battery.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 20:57

11. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Not true. Check out this battery site.http://prieto.everyperspective.com/
she invented a faster charging better battery.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:30

12. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


what!! , are you going to charge your mobile using lighting?, its a cool idea, but how exactly will it be used in practical life ?

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