Charge me up, Scotty

A new lithium-ion battery by Toshiba will recharge to 80 percent in just a minute, the company has announced.

Toshiba lithium-ion battery

A full recharge of the Super Charge battery, which uses nanoparticles to store vast amounts of lithium ions, can be achieved in 10 minutes, Toshiba says. That's about 60 times faster than conventional batteries.

Expect to see the new battery powering Toshiba notebooks and mobile phones as early as 2006. It might, however, show up earlier in other products, including some within the automotive industry.

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