Huawei's battery tech can charge a smartphone to almost 50% in just five minutes

Huawei's battery tech can charge a smartphone to almost 50% in just five minutes
Wall-hugging is seen as a necessary trade-off for all the great technology offered by mobile devices. But Huawei is looking to stem the tide with a very promising development. Watt Lab, a branch of the Chinese firm's Central Research Institute, has developed a battery that can demonstrably charge at a rate ten times quicker than those currently found on the market. With so many manufacturers now building smartphones that skip the option for replaceable juice packs, it's an advancement that could be of real interest, and may finally see an end to the constant headache of battery retention.

With every new generation of smartphone, consumers are bombarded with new features -- some of which aren't deemed particularly necessary or even useful. Often, the first item on upgrade wish lists is battery longevity. Where this consideration is taken into account by the big names in the industry, the usage gains tend to be incremental at best -- achieved largely through software optimizations and more efficient SoCs. 

Huawei is pushing for a more dramatic shift in this regard, and the revelation of Watt Lab's technology stars in a short clip offering proof-of-concept. It shows how a battery can be charged to 68 per cent in just two minutes, where a standard charger can only manage a next-to-useless two per cent. 


Sure, the battery in the above clip is only of a 600 mAh capacity -- far less than you'd find inside even a low-end handset. But even on a larger, 3000 mAh battery where the percentage leap doesn't sound so impressive, the five-minute jump from zero to 48 per cent is still considerably greater than can be achieved with a standard charging system:


The special lithium-ion batteries use what Huawei describes as "bonded heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds." It all sounds well and good, but this isn't the first time a team has brought forth some promising battery-improvement tech, so it'll be interesting to see whether this concept can be taken to the end user. 

Huawei claims that the integrity of the battery is not compromised by its super-quick charging, nor does the battery's lifespan suffer as a consequence. With no mention of the inevitable heating issues that would occur from charging at such a rapid rate, we'll have to wait and see what comes of this. Still, if Huawei did eventually drop a smartphone that could charge so speedily, many long-suffering smartphone owners would surely take the bait. 

What do you make of this -- would you be piqued by smartphone that could charge to half capacity in the time it takes to make a coffee? Lets us know of your take via the comments.

source: Mashable

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24 Comments

1. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

This thing is going to be game changer for Huawei. ( Only for couple of weeks cause other android OEM will copy and paste and within few weeks they will start launching new devices with this fast charging thing.) 2016 will be the year of fast charging for android . But apple will soon revolutionize fast charging for iphone in near future (Like in 2020).

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Stop being so facetious. If it wasn't for Apple innovating multitouch, you'd still be using a Motorola Q.

8. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

I am not being facetious. Just stating the fact. Apple has become too slow in innovation. I am not against apple nor am with Android. Everybody has their own preferences in OS. But I am criticizing about hardware problem. And not saying only apple has this slow charign problems lots of android OEM has it too, but majority of them has started to adapting fast charging in early 2015.

10. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

And BTW innovation is not just about making multitouch device. You should make them affordable too so that other people can use that Innovation. I can afford any high end phone now. But when I started using smartphone I was a student. And could not buy iPhone at that time. So for me android was something cool and innovative.

11. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Innovating multitouch Looooooool

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch There's a difference between innovating and acquiring. Work on multi touch started back in the early 70s, Apple bought one of the companies working on it in 2005. That's 35 years of actual innovation before Apple even came onto the scene, and then only to write a check.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If by innovating multi-touch, you mean buying it, then sure. However, we'd still be using it since not only did someone other than Apple innovate it before Apple bought it, but there are videos on YouTube of others using the exact same gestures well before the iPhone.

18. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

There has been a single atomic layer graphine tech out already for a while. making super conductive and supercapacitors available for denser batteries. I'm not sure why this hasn't been implemented yet. I guess it's too complicated to mass produce still?

21. karan1402d

Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2015

Where are all China haters. China haters will not be able to digest this innovation because it's from East.

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

by 2020..i can forsee full charge be at 15minutes...by 2010 just 1minute...how cool:)

17. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

By *2030

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I wonder how long is the life spam of this battery tech. But I can't wait to see it in a phone or even tablet.

4. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

why don't these breakthrough's in battery technology ever materialise?? I've seen articles like this for like 10 years now!!!

14. TBomb

Posts: 1134; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

because if they throw out the best of the best technology too soon the market becomes boring too soon because they can't develop anything "better" so it becomes stagnant.

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The only difference between this and all the other battery news we hear from PA is that the people making this are smartphone manufacturers, whereas the others are made by independent labs/research firms. Huawei would definitely release this because it is a major asset to them - that's why this could actually see the light of day!

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

If companies would make phones 8mm with bigger batt instead of 6mm....

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Ultra-slimnest is part of a smartphone's spec sheet in 2015 apparently...

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Sounds hazardous for the batrery's ion cell health and longevity. I bet that 50% will drain almost as fast as it's gained. We need a fundamentally different and more advanced battery technology to succeed the archaic lithium ion battery tech.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's funny you call Li-ion archaic. How long has it been out compared to it's predecessors, Ni-Mh and Ni-Cad, both of which are also still in use in other industries. If the minds who are greater than ours haven't come up with anything yet that you would consider fundamentally different, then it's not an easy thing. At this point, until that day does come, they should focus on fast charging in conjunction with larger cells.

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, but as long as it doesn't loose it's mAhs as quick as it got juiced-up.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The current fast charging setups don't, so I doubt that if they were to work on a newer one that it would either. Doing so would be a step back and in that case they might as well stick with the tech that's already out there.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

have you read the article? it say "Huawei claims that the integrity of the battery is not compromised by its super-quick charging, nor does the battery's lifespan suffer as a consequence" and thats 50% of 3000mAh battery will last for hours

23. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Claims do not necessarily mean real-world performance. Will see and test it, before confirming such claims!

24. rAiseZoo

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Huawei is the next samsung Apple is the next blackberry

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