Nowadays smartphones have acquired a big role in our lives. Everybody wishes to be connected 24 x 7. It has become the demand of this era. Many telecommunication companies have contributed to the tech- world some of the smartest phones the world has witnessed with lots more to come. Apart from just calling and receiving messages we have come a long way, where all the functionality of computers are incorporated in it. When a device promises such wonders it is no doubt that there will be a certain limitation to it. The greatest limitation anyone can find in these smart devices is the power consumption factor. These smartphones consume power at a very fast rate and it is quite troublesome to plug a charger in it every few hours. The solution to this problem is proposed by Leigh Purnell, a graduate from Aston University, with his invention petalite flux external phone charger.
Dubbed as the Petalite Flux battery, it needs only 15 minutes to recharge and change from being empty to full. It is very light and small and can fit easily in one’s pocket or a small bag. The tiny pocket-sized device relieves a user from plugging into a computer USB slot nor a wall electricity socket. When the phone battery runs out, the only thing that one can do is to connect his phone to the Flux battery. In 2014, Purnell established Petalite Battery Systems with the intention of creating the world’s fastest charging external battery. The Flux battery will soon be launched on the Indiegogo crowd funding website. However, this is not the first attempt in this field. Recently, a new battery pack (also commonly referred to as a power-bank) was claimed to charge-up sufficiently in 15 minutes to be able to recharge most smartphones completely. Made by UNU Electronics, the Ultrapak Portable Battery Pack Series is claimed to gain 2000mAh of power with just 15 minutes of charging.
When asked Leigh about the inspiration for this device, he contemplates that he founded Petalite to permanently remove the stress and worry of having a mobile phone on low battery when you are out and about. It is an increasingly large problem in modern life, especially if you are relying on your phone to direct you somewhere or are waiting for important information to be sent to you. In 2014, Leigh established Petalite Battery Systems with the intention of creating the world’s fastest charging external battery. He has been supported in his mission by the Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN) programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The tubular Petalite Flux weighs in at 95 g and measures 90 x 30 x 30 mm. While this smaller size will mean easier transport. With a capacity of 2,600 mAh, the Petalite reaches a 100 percent charge in 15 minutes and also powers your smartphone or tablet through Micro USB or Apple’s Lightning connector. It certainly makes this device what we can truly called “portable”.