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California teenager invents device that can charge cell phone in 20 seconds - flat

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 20th, 2013
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Called the supercapacitor, this revolutionary device can charge a cell phone within just 20 seconds. The brainchild of 18-year-old Esha Khare of Saratoga, California, the lucky teen collected $50,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this week.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - The device is sure to make waiting around for your cell phone to recharge a thing of the past, In addition, the gizmo packs more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries -- and holds the charge for longer.

Khare traveled from her California home to Phoenix last week for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where her invention was honored as one of two winners of Young Scientist Awards.

"I'm in a daze. I can't believe this happened," Khare, a senior at Lynbrook High School in Saratoga, she told reporters.

Khare has only used her supercapacitor to power a light-emitting diode or LED. She envisions a bright future that one day will see her invention powering cell phones, cars and any gadget that requires a rechargeable battery.

On her way to Harvard, Khare told TV journalists that this is only the start and that she will "be setting the world on fire" from here.

Specializing in nano-chemistry, Khare was able to reduce the size of her invention. "Really working at the nano-scale to make significant advances in many different fields," she says.
 
"It is also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric," Khare added. "It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense."

Flexible and tiny, the supercapacitor is able to handle 10,000 recharge cycles, more than normal batteries by a factor of 10.

How an 18-year-old girl has managed to figure out something that multi-national corporations have not has led to her being flooded with offers for her amazing leap forward.

Google has since been in contact with Khare to explore how she plans to change the makeup of cell phone battery life.


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