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Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student's invention. She won a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/teens-invention-could-charge-your-phone-20-seconds-1C9977955
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Once again the power with super capacitors is not their charge rate or their holding capacity but their rather voracious leak. You'll drain more energy not using it than you would using a normal phone. Until this is fixed, no super-cap will be used in phones.

Or was that Ultra-capacitor? What the heck these names are getting ridiculous.
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Once again the power with super capacitors is not their charge rate or their holding capacity but their rather voracious leak. You'll drain more energy not using it than you would using a normal phone. Until this is fixed, no super-cap will be used in phones.

Or was that Ultra-capacitor? What the heck these names are getting ridiculous.

the article says that it holds its charge for a long time.
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If it works out like they say it does, I hope she gets more than just the 50k.
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Once again the power with super capacitors is not their charge rate or their holding capacity but their rather voracious leak. You'll drain more energy not using it than you would using a normal phone. Until this is fixed, no super-cap will be used in phones.

Or was that Ultra-capacitor? What the heck these names are getting ridiculous.

Maybe you should've read the actual article tongue.gif!
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The fast-charging device is a so-called supercapacitor, a gizmo that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time.

What's more, it can last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared with 1,000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries, according to Eesha Khare of Saratoga, Calif.
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The problem is that the energy density of supercapacitors is 1/10th that of a conventional battery, and strides in battery energy capacity are constantly being made. With current supercapacitors, you now have a 1 hour phone instead of a 10 hour phone. Of course, that phone can be charged in a few seconds, provided that the charger can output the amount of current needed.

Supercapacitors are not new... she's probably just the first person to put it in a small form factor.
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Hmmmm, what's the invention? Did she just buy an off the shelf capacitor and hook it to an LED then write an interesting fluff piece about its future in cell phones on her poster board? Perhaps she made one of those graphene capacitors or the activated carbon method. I like how intel chose one that coincides with their low power marketing campaign. tongue.gif
 
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We need more kids like this,

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World's Oceans

http://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/
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Haven't supercapacitors been around for a LONG time?
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Hmmmm, what's the invention? Did she just buy an off the shelf capacitor and hook it to an LED then write an interesting fluff piece about its future in cell phones on her poster board? Perhaps she made one of those graphene capacitors or the activated carbon method. I like how intel chose one that coincides with their low power marketing campaign. tongue.gif

That's what I thought initially. Surely there has to be more to it than that. The article is pretty slim on details though.
Edited by W4nderer - 5/19/13 at 5:25am
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If it works out like they say it does, I hope she gets more than just the 50k.

No that the problem with those kind of fondation im sure they will buy the concept for 50k and then make billion out of it. If she refuse to sell she might have big problem.
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