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Startup Prieto looking to supercharge your smartphone battery

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Startup Prieto looking to supercharge your smartphone battery
Last week, we heard about research that could increase battery life in mobile devices by 2-3 times what is currently the standard, but what if your batter could not only last 5 times longer, but could charge in just 5 minutes? Startup Prieto is looking to do just that, and has pulled funding to make it a reality. 

The company was founded by Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State, and was the first startup to come from the university's Cenergy program, which was designed to make clean energy research commercially viable. Prieto is in the process of gathering $6.8 million in funding and has already raised over $5.5 million. 

The way the battery works by using copper nanowires to create a solid state lithium-ion battery, rather than the traditional liquid electrolyte, which is where the energy is harvested in a battery. The nanowires would create more surface area, and be built in 3D to further increase area to boost the battery capacity, run life,  and make for faster charge times. 

It's still in development, but if it can come through it would be a pretty big bump in battery technology, which is the biggest bottleneck in technological innovation. Making better screens and more powerful devices doesn't matter too much if you constantly are running out of juice. 

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posted on 28 May 2012, 16:24

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Cool...When will this technology be widely available? I give it too 2014.

posted on 28 May 2012, 16:39

2. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Wah this would be amazing. Battery life is indeed in dire need in the smartphone industry.

posted on 28 May 2012, 16:49

3. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Considering that current battery technology is very well dated, this is a warm welcome.

posted on 28 May 2012, 16:50 2

4. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

razr maxx + this = mindblowing awesomeness

22 hours * 3 = 66 hours talk time = 1.65 days of nonstop talking

posted on 28 May 2012, 18:45

5. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

Phones with standby times in terms of months instead of hours would be pretty cool.

posted on 28 May 2012, 23:50

6. rizky_p (Posts: 19; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

How many times we heard news like this from the past years and yet here we are still using the same battery tech. sigh.

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