[CEATEC 2008] Toshiba was presenting its Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) for laptops at CEATEC. The technology uses materials that are have better properties than current lithium-ion batteries. Right now, SCiB is used for heavier applications (transportation, industrial), but Toshiba was demonstrating that it could drastically improve the way we charge our laptops. It can get a 90% charge in 10mn, but requires an additional 30mn to reach a full charge (who cares about full charge at that point?). I’ve been told that 5 minutes will yield a 45% charge as the first 90% are totally linear. Wow, that’s really cool, no? Better yet, this should be a drop-in replacement for current batteries – who wants one?
Well, unfortunately it is not at the commercial stage yet and Toshiba representative declined to provide a forecast. Note that in addition of its uber-fast charge, it will also last a lot longer than conventional batteries, before it needs to be replaced: up to 6 or 7 years. Faster charging, longer lifespan, less pollution – and slightly more expensive. Can we have SCiB batteries for phones too?