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This Device Fully Charges Smartphones In 30 Seconds

A prototype displayed at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv aims to alleviate the anxiety caused by a draining smartphone battery.

This Device Fully Charges Smartphones In 30 Seconds

A new charger from a Tel Aviv-based startup can fully power a smartphone in about 30 seconds.

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StoreDot, which emerged from Tel Aviv University’s nanotechnology department, unveiled a rapid charging prototype Monday at Microsoft’s Think Next conference. StoreDot takes an unusual approach to powering devices, using peptides, a compound created by two or more linked amino acids, to reduce charging time. Though the prototype currently works with Samsung’s Galaxy 4 phone, the company has plans to adapt the technology to charge other smartphone models.

The prototype as it stands is significantly bulkier than conventional smartphone chargers, about the size of a laptop charger. It is expected to retail for about $30, and will enter commercial production in late 2016. StoreDot, which raised $6.25 million in funding, says it plans to engineer a smaller form factor by then.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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