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Qnovo develops battery tech that charges your phone significally faster. Already pitching it to manufacturers

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Qnovo develops battery tech that charges your phone significally faster. Already pitching it to manufacturers
While other companies look to better the battery tech via extended capacities, new materials, and different constructions, startup Qnovo has decided to look in another direction. The company has developed a piece of software (called QNS) and a chip (QN200) that measure a battery's charge level, temperature, recharge history, and cell status, and then determine the optimal amount of power to allow to come in from the plugged-in wall charger.

The tech charges your phone in a series of charge "packets", rather than just letting power flow in the battery at a constant current. The battery's status is checked between each packet, optimizing the next one and so on. This, Qnovo says, reduces battery charge time by 50%. Furthermore, it prolongs the battery's lifetime, as the cells no longer get stressed with higher amounts of power than needed.

What's really interesting about Qnovo's tech is that the software can work independently on a phone that doesn't have the developer's QN200 chip on board. If this is the case, the charging speed will not be as impressive, though it would still be faster than usual, and the battery's life will still get the full optimization.

It is reported that Qnovo is currently in talks with several phone manufacturers – some wishing to implement the QNS and QN200 combo, others – looking to get just the software on their phones. So, it seems a bright future of less wall-hugging is not that far off.


source: Qnovo via MIT Technology Review

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posted on 12 Aug 2014, 10:16 5

1. DnB925Art (Posts: 243; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Faster battery charge times and battery longevity? YES!

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 10:39 4

5. Finalflash (Posts: 1765; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It was actually a bunch of BS I think. In the video they say that the stock nexus 5 is being charged with the provided 6 watt AC adapter. Then they go on and say that the other nexus 5 is being charged with a standard tablet AC adapter. Usually the tablet adapters will have a significantly higher amperage (usually 2-3x more) and charge it faster anyway. I assume if that is the case, then this is BS and they're trying to fluff probably pretty negligible numbers.

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 13:53

9. reckless562 (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


the chip AND the app are suposed to preserve the battery from being charged so quickly.
so this new app n chip would only compliment whatever charger u decided to use.

but i didnt catch what u said bout them actually using diff chargers in the comparo test.

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 13:54

10. reckless562 (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


SHUT UP AND TAKE MY $$$$$$ !!!!!!!!

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 10:17 1

2. kkmkk (Posts: 89; Member since: 06 May 2013)


can i install this on my z2 ?

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 10:25 5

4. medicci37 (Posts: 628; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Sure go ahead & let me know how it works

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 14:05

11. VoicelessV (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


Pretty sure it's not going to be an app, but a software that needs to be installed by the OEM

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 02:34

14. Wiencon (Posts: 131; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Or, more probably, some kernel tweaks that can be implemented by devs. I hope it won't be only for Android

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 10:17 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2129; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I prefer the VOOC charger in the Find 7, 75% in 30 minutes and goodbye blue sky.

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 13:52

8. reckless562 (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


hmmm going to look into.
but if they do what they say, the chip AND the app are suposed to preserve the battery from being charged so quickly.
so this new app n chip would only compliment whatever charger u decided to use

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 12:38 1

6. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


Finally, tangible improvement

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 13:30 2

7. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 May 2014)


While I would prefer greater battery capacity to begin with, this would help the longevity of the battery and I'm assuming would also reduce the wear on the battery so it would keep its native charge longer

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 17:45

12. gigaraga (Posts: 1050; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Are the days of battery complaining finally over? Oppo has fast charge but poor battery though...

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 21:01

13. azalucel (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


So lucidlogix adds 50% battery life, project volta adds 30% then you add qns and vooc thats 80% battery life, with super fast charge times and extended logevity, hopefully flagships will use all of it from here on out

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