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New Battery Charges in 2 minutes, Lasts 20 Years

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It's truly a first world problem - but it's a fact that a lot of us spend a substantial part of the day worrying about where our next phone/tablet/computer charge is coming from, and whether it'll last out the day.

But it seems this could be a thing of the past, as scientists at Nanyang Technology University claim to have created a new lithium-ion battery that blows the competition out of the water. It can charge to 70% in just two minutes, while it would have a lifespan of 20 years; 10,000 discharge cycles as opposed to the currently standard 500.

They've achieved this by changing the traditional graphite anode to a new gel material made from titanium dioxide - an abundant and cheap material. This new substance has then been transformed into tiny nanotubes a thousand times thinner than the human hair, which speeds up chemical reactions, creating conditions for superfast charging.

They're aiming for their product to hit the market within two years and it could have profound implications for electric cars, which currently have large costs associated with battery replacement and long recharge times.

Essentially, it means that Duracell bunny would never have to stop running.

(Images: NTU/Shutterstock)

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