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Another day, another battery ‘breakthrough’ using graphene

Samsung has announced a battery breakthrough, using a “graphene ball” to achieve five times faster charging speed and a 45% increase in capacity.

“The breakthrough provides promise for the next generation secondary battery market, particularly related to mobile devices and electric vehicles,” read a release on Samsung’s website.

The research was conducted by the Samsung Advanced Insitute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung SDI and the Seoul National University’s School of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Researchers found that the battery based on the ‘graphene ball’ material needs only 12 minutes to fully charge. Most smartphones need at least an hour to 90 minutes to charge fully.

The battery was also capable of maintaining a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, with Samsung pointing to this factor as being key for electric vehicles.

Samsung has announced a graphene battery breakthrough, but when will we see it?

“In its research, SAIT sought for an approach to apply graphene, a material with high strength and conductivity to batteries, and discovered a mechanism to mass synthesise graphene into a 3D form like popcorn using affordable silica. This ‘graphene ball’ was utilised for both the anode protective layer and cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries. This ensured an increase of charging capacity, decrease of charging time as well as stable temperatures,” the release continued.

The real question is just when we’ll see graphene batteries becoming a reality in smartphones. The technology has been touted by researchers and brands for a long time, but no major smartphone has shipped with it yet.

Heck, we’ve seen articles hyping the technology since 2014 at the very least. So will it be next year? 2019? 2020? Time will tell. Because as encouraging as these results are, research and actual production are two very different things.

Featured image: news.samsung.com

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  • Dave Baker

    Seems like this is the modern reverse of the old game of “Engagement Ring Roulette”

    A friend of mine is a jeweler and he regularly gets visits ladies (friends traveling in pairs) asking him to value the engagement ring the one had been given the previous day.
    The higher the valuation the broader the smile. A cubic ziconia would result in a look of some disappointment.

    Culturally different but both still sad commentary on society.
    Why value a potential spouse? And why value an engagement ring?