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One of the biggest problems smartphone users across the globe experience with their mobile devices is poor battery life. Not only do batteries last for a few days at most, they also take quite a bit of time to charge, and degrade after time.

These familiar issues might all come to an end one day, thanks to scientists from the University of Central Florida (UCF), who have managed to create a prototype of a supercapacitor battery that is able to store more energy and charge a lot faster.

According to Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate at UFC, the new technology would allow you to charge your smartphone in only a few seconds. And even better, you wouldn’t have to charge it again for at least a week. In addition, the battery can be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.

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But before you get too excited, please note that the technology is still in an early development phase. It is not ready for commercialization yet and probably won’t hit the market anytime soon. But it does give us hope that the agony of charging our phones daily and running out of juice mid-day is coming close to an end.

The new technology, which the team over at UCF plans on patenting, could be used in quite a few different industries. Smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches obviously come first to mind, but the new battery tech could also make a big impact in the electric vehicle industry. It would allow EVs to significantly improve their range and fully charge in just a few minutes. Nice!

Any thoughts? Do you think that this technology will change the market, or will it flop like so many others in the past?

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