Imagine being able to fully charge your mobile phone in 30 seconds.
That's the goal of an Israeli technology start-up.
On Monday at a symposium in Tel Aviv, StoreDot demonstrated a prototype battery - roughly the size of a cigarette pack - which charged a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone in about 30 seconds, reported technology website Cnet.
Traditional battery packs usually take hours to fully charge a phone.
The rapidly-charging smartphone battery is a type of biological battery made with a type of amino acid known as peptides.
They are used in crystals just 2 nanometers wide. In comparison, the human hair is about 80,000 nanometers.
StoreDot CEO Dr Doron Myersdorf said: "Batteries are just one of the industries we can disrupt with this new material. It is new physics, new chemistry, a new approach to devices."
According to the Daily Telegraph, the batteries will not be commercially available until late 2016.
Even then, the prototype shown in Tel Aviv is far too large. It has to be compatible with today's slim mobile devices before it can reach the shelves.
The batteries are expected to retail at about £18 (S$37).
This article was published on April 14 in The New Paper.
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