Japanese electronics manufacturer NEC has developed a battery for consumer electronics that can be recharged in just 30 seconds.
According to reports, the battery can deliver up to 80 hours of playback time on a MiniDisc player with one 30-second charge, making it similar in power to the nickel-hydrogen cells widely used in digital cameras and portable consumer goods.
NEC believes that its 'organic radical battery' can be used as an uninterruptible power supply for computers. The battery can also discharge power in a short time, making it useful in applications requiring a large amount of power.
A spokesman for NEC told Reuters that it did not yet know when it would commercialise the new battery. The company will continue to research and develop the new technology.
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