Smartphones are dominating the world: mobile phones are now capable of handling pretty much anything you throw at them, well, besides doing your laundry or brewing your favorite Starbucks frappuccino. How smart, you’re asking? Ultra HD 4K Screen resolution, the ability to take professional-level pictures, produce hi-fi audio output, count your steps, track your sleep, and connect you with people around the globe at any time in no-time. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. When you go through this impressive list of features, you can’t help but wonder: what’s the catch?

In short, the answer is – batteries.

The smartphone market revolves around a fundamental dilemma: the technology behind the electronics that enable all these goodies is moving at such a fast pace that the battery industry simply can’t keep up.

So, what’s wrong with these batteries?

In order to be able to handle all these new technologies and still make it through a full day of smartphone usage, batteries had to grow in size. In fact, these batteries are so big that in some cases, a battery may take up to 3-4 hours to fully charge. Considering how fast everything is moving nowadays and how precious our time is, 3-4 hours is way too long.

Quick charging solutions are now quickly developing in order to find the cure for this “disease” and some companies have taken this seriously:

  • Qualacomm Quickcharge 3.0: “Less time charging. More time doing.” That’s how Qualacomm likes to describe the advantage of their technology. Basically, it allows you to charge your smartphone up to %75 faster when using a Quick Charge 3.0 enabled device, with a supported wall charger.
  • StoreDot FlashBattery: StoreDot’s FlashBattery is an instant-charging battery, serving as a highly dense energy sponge that soaks up enough power in just 1 minute, storing it to last nearly an entire day. FlashBattery can be used to charge not only smartphones but also wearables, tablets, and laptops. FlashBattery charges faster than any other battery, while storing more power than the traditional Li-Ion battery.

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Now that we know the main reasons for this “technological gap” holding back smartphones from becoming much smarter and more efficient, we can only wonder how long it’ll take for this gap to close. It seems like new ideas and technologies are emerging every day now and therefore, we won’t be surprised to see this gap closing much faster than we think.