As we’re all starting to find out, the hidden cost of our phones and laptops getting smarter, faster and more powerful is that they tend suck down juice faster than Sinatra on a Saturday night in Vegas.
The not-so-hidden effect of that phenomenon is that we’re charging our devices more than ever (looking at you, Pókemon Go).
Unless you have a Motorola Razr (in which case you likely live in Mankato, MN) it probably takes your phone — even if it’s one of the quickest — more than an hour to recharge after its battery hits zero.
In order to give you that hour back, a Chinese company has developed a graphene battery pack that it promises can recharge battery-powered laptops, phones or other devices in just 15 minutes. Designed by Dongxu Optoelectronics, the G-King has a 4,800mAh capacity, which is comparable with the charge held by some laptop batteries, and is good for up to 3,500 charge and discharge cycles.
While the company didn’t give a price for the G-King during the above demonstration of the battery’s capabilities, it’s expected to cost somewhere in the $150 range.
Dongxu Optoelectronics also declined to give a release date, but they may want to make it ASAP.
They’ve got competition.