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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 Chernobyl68 on 12/11/2007 7:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
5 minutes would make it essentially the same as filling up your car at a gas station. So it makes it feasible to take your electric only car on cross country trips. You might have to fill up more often, but at least it won't take you hours to recharge your car battery pack.

RE: Amazing
By Ringold on 12/11/2007 9:55:15 PM , Rating: 3
That'll be good for resteraunts.

Imagine; 2-3 parking spaces at every fast food and Cracker Barrel across America along high-ways with a simple plug in port and a device like a coin-operated parking meter.. feed it a dollar, or whatever the energy is worth plus a profitable mark-up, then go to the bathroom, get a cheeseburger, or sit down to eat. Come back, ready to go.

Beautiful. Probably not a huge profit machine, but a boon in convenience.

RE: Amazing
By mcnabney on 12/12/2007 12:21:58 AM , Rating: 2
That would actually be a brilliant idea. Kind of like having Redbox at all of the McDonalds restaurants. It is just power coming off the grid. All they would need is some electrical work and they can start generating a revenue stream. It is 5 years off at the very earliest, but it is good to get the marketing in front of the problem for once.

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