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Fast Charging?

March 25, 2011 12:52:21.000

Interesting news on the battery front - there's some research aiming to recharge a lithium ion battery in minutes (as opposed to hours):

A trio of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are trying to solve that problem with a nanostructure design for batteries that could allow a lithium-ion battery to charge in two minutes rather than six hours.

That's cool, but my question is, what kind of power supply do you need for this? I'm guessing that a standard 110 outlet isn't going to cut it. Still, it would be nice to be able to use a laptop without worrying about "saving" it for a flight, and then fully charge it just before boarding.

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posted by James Robertson

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