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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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Sorry, what?
By Muirgheasa on 12/11/2007 5:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hang on, what now?

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.

Not the fact that they're one of the world's leading laptop manufacturers, or that they have been for I'm not sure how many years, but their relatively minor battery recalls.

That statement absolutely stinks of a journalist who hasn't spent enough time thinking about what he's writing; after all, Sony's battery problems were far more publicised and I still don't think that's what they're "best known for". In fact, for a company as well established as Toshiba, I don't think any scandal like that could become "what they're best known for" in such a short space of time.

Also, and I know this has been done to death before, this is meant to be a reputable news site, so why are there constant errors in spelling and syntax in almost every article? The news coverage is second to none here, but why can't the writers spend just a little more time on each story?

Sorry, rant over.

RE: Sorry, what?
By BruceLeet on 12/11/2007 5:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, then answer for us why you come to this site?

RE: Sorry, what?
By Lotus SE on 12/11/2007 8:55:29 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, the article that is linked states that that "massive battery recall" effected only 1400units... Hardly massive, especially compared to Sony, Apple, & Dell's recall #'s for batterys.

RE: Sorry, what?
By Lotus SE on 12/11/2007 8:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
That should have been batteries... Still need edit feature

RE: Sorry, what?
By Hare on 12/12/2007 9:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
There has been at least 4 recalls this year. Try google "toshiba battery recall". At least one recall was around 10 000 batteries.

RE: Sorry, what?
By Hare on 12/12/2007 9:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
"Major Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said it is recalling 830 000 batteries made by Sony for its laptops, the latest in a growing global recall ..." - CBSnews

"Toshiba Corp. has offered to exchange 340 000 notebook computer batteries" - ITWorld

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