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Toshiba SCiB Cell  (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba SCiB Standard Module  (Source: Toshiba)
90% recharged batteries in less than 5 minutes that will still recharge even 10 years later? Where do I sign up?

When many think of rechargeable batteries the first thing to mind when making a wish list is a longer life for the battery, but that is only part of the issue with rechargeable battery. Another big part of the picture when it comes to rechargeable batteries is how long it takes to charge the battery.

Toshiba announced today that it has developed a new type of rechargeable battery dubbed the Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB). Toshiba claims the new battery will mainly target the industrial market, though representatives hint the technology may eventually find a home in electric vehicles.

The main claim to fame for the SCiB battery is that it can recharge to 90% of total capacity in fewer than five minutes. Toshiba also claims the battery has a life span of over 10-years.

Toshiba says that it adopted a new negative electrode material, new separators, a new electrolyte and new manufacturing technology to bring the SCiB to life.

The SCiB batteries can recharge with as much as 50 amperes of current and but with capacity loss after 3,000 cycles of less than 10%. Toshiba also says the battery has excellent safety with the new negative electrode material having a high level of thermal stability and a high flash point. The battery is also said to be structurally resistant to internal short-circuiting and thermal runaway.

Anyone familiar with the technology industry will know what Toshiba is most known for, the massive battery recalls in notebook computers from early this year.

Though not as widespread as Sony's battery woes, Toshiba wants to put these fears of using its products out of the minds of buyers. If the battery technology makes it into notebook computers and other consumer electronics, it could revolutionize mobility.

The first of these batteries will be ready for industrial uses in March of 2008.

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RE: Amazing
By rudy on 12/11/2007 3:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
If they really thought it was useful in that market they would already be jumping in, since they are not it is apparent this battery has some drawback such as its heavy or expensive. Most likely it is just to large for mobile applications. Second you will need new outlets to handle 50 amps, something more likely to be used in fork lifts or as they say industrial applications.

RE: Amazing
By TomZ on 12/11/2007 4:01:29 PM , Rating: 2
That's 50A at 2.4-24V, which is 120-1200W which is in the range of what can be sourced by a typical 120VAC outlet.

RE: Amazing
By mcnabney on 12/12/2007 12:25:55 AM , Rating: 2
For reference, the small space heater sitting behind me draws 1500 watts. So does your hair dryer.

RE: Amazing
By Resh on 12/11/2007 4:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the high recharge rate is a function of the current supplied at charging? If so, this 5 mins to reach 90% might only apply when it is fed 50 amps. Do the plugs we use for electric ovens/ranges supply 50 amps @ 240V?

RE: Amazing
By rcc on 12/11/2007 5:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
It is absolutely a function of the current that can be supplied. If it's only 25 amps, you can double the charge time, etc.

As far as house current goes, as a rough example (very rought with no losses or conversions). If it's sucking up 50 amps at 24v, you'd need 5 amps at 240v from your wall outlet. And yes, I know there are losses, and you have to convert AC to DC, etc. It's just a quick and dirty comparison.

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