A teen in California made a 20-second mobile phone charger, winning a $50,000 prize on Friday, it’s reported. Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, got the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for making a storage device that can be charged in between Twenty and Thirty seconds. “My mobile phone battery always dies,” Khare told NBC News as to why she chose to work on the project.
The super-capacitor that she came up with can fit inside a mobile phone. “The best part of my project was seeing its practical application. After charging my super capacitor for 20 seconds, I was able to light a LED device and that’s an amazing accomplishment,” Khare told DNA India. She added that the gadget can last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, over Ten times more than normal standard rechargeable batteries. The gadget has only been tested on LEDs but NBC claimed that the gadget might be able to work with other gadgets.
“It is also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric,” Khare said. “It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense.”