LAS VEGAS, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra Fast Battery Charging in minutes – without overheating – for cell phones and electric vehicles is getting a boost through patents developed at Georgia Institute of Technology and exclusively licensed by Potential Difference, Inc. Crowdfunding using the international Indiegogo platform is enabling those who need the technology to help bring it to a worldwide market quickly. Test results have shown charge times measured in minutes rather than hours for off the shelf lithium ion batteries, which are used in consumer electronics products such are cell phones and laptop computers and in electric automobiles.
The Indiegogo crowdfunding page is: http://www.indiegogo.com/charge-your-cell-phone-in-minutes.
The technology has been tested on batteries that are already on the market. It does not rely on development of new battery technology. Ordinary batteries have been charged in minutes, staying well below maximum charging temperatures recommended by battery manufacturers: 70% state of charge in 10 minutes, 80% in 12 minutes, and 100% in 16 minutes. Even these results might be improved with further development.Cell phone users will not be stranded without power when they have an urgent need to revive their batteries in just a few minutes. The technology can also be applied to laptop computers, tablet computers, cameras, portable power tools, and other consumer electronics. Being able to charge an electric vehicle with speeds closer to gasoline refueling speeds the growth of the electric vehicle industry. Electric vehicles improve the environment by not releasing emissions that contribute to global warming. Currently, the largest market for fast battery charging is cell phones and laptop computers, and Electric Vehicle battery charging is an emerging large market. Being in both markets strengthens the ability of Potential Difference to have a larger eventual impact on the environment as it pursues ultra fast electric vehicle battery charging. The Indiegogo crowdfunding platform is well suited for a consumer electronics product such as an ultra fast cell phone battery charger.