Super-charging phones with supercapacitors

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Supercapacitors, a kind of alternative battery that can give a quick surge of power, are on the rise now – especially, when a supercapacitor can charge a phone in just 30 seconds! Who do we have to thank for this super cool futuristic phone charger? A teenager.

See, science is not just for adults in white lab coats. With the right attitude and dedication, anyone can do cool things. Just ask 18-year-old Khare Eesha from Lynbrook High School. Earlier this year, the teenager was named one of the top young scientists in the entire world by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She was one of two winners to receive the Young Scientist Awards, beating 1,600 other young scientists from 70 countries! What did she do to get such an honor?

“I developed a new supercapacitor, which is basically an energy storage device which can hold a lot of energy in a small amount of volume,” she said.

The tiny gadget is roughly an inch long. When you connect it to a phone battery, it charges in less than 30 seconds! She also mentioned the device can be used for other batteries, like those found in cars. Wow, no wonder she won first place! But, that’s not all she got. The young researcher was also rewarded with a bit of pocket change… $50,000 dollars to be exact!  Eesha mentioned the money will come in handy with college tuition when she attends Harvard University later this fall.

“I will be setting the world on fire,” she said with a confident smile.

Featured image courtesy of Maxwell Technologies.