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Rechargeable batteries save us a lot of money but take a lot of time. What if you could recharge a battery in seconds instead of hours? Read more

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Rechargeable batteries save us a lot of money but take a lot of time. What if you could recharge a battery in seconds instead of hours?

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Ok, time to spill the beans...

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Ok, time to tell the secret. Hopefully this will put some of your doubts to rest.  I've had a lot of messages from people, asking how it's possible to fit THAT much energy. Well, the big secret is this. This capacitor isn't even actually on the market yet and it also cost me a pretty penny to get the ones that I have. The activated carbon electrode has been replaced with a graphene substrate. The only way I'll be able to get these batteries made for the price I've got the rewards set at, is if I can spend $8000 with the manufacturer. The other $2000 goes to other components and shipping. Now, the theoretical capacitance is near 3500. If, for some reason you don't believe these claims, well, I invite you to pledge enough to get a battery and run it through your own rigorous tests. I've had 2 in one of my daughters toys for weeks now without recharging and it's still going strong. Graphene capacitors haven't yet reached the market, so, here is your chance to be one of the first.

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    1. Creator Shawn West on July 28, 2014

      Well, I see there's a lot of bashing going on there. That's nice. I'll see about putting together some "official" tests to refute his post. Although, I did notice a couple of comments on there. One person saying that I'm just using a TO-220 regulator and have no capacitors and another saying I'm getting a perfect voltage with no filtering. Refer to the image link below for a zoomed in picture of the circuit that is embedded into the battery. A TO-220 regulator would be bigger than the board itself and those 2 rectangular looking things are capacitors, for filtering. Makes me wonder how people can justify bashing me if they don't know what basic components look like.

      http://www.imghack.se/215128

    2. Creator Ancel Bhagwandeen on July 28, 2014

      Shawn:
      I think you need to seriously have a look at this EEVBLOG post. Dave Jones knows his stuff and I do trust him, I have significantly supported his crowdfunding project on indiegogo. I want you to succeed but as an Engineer of 25 years, something smells here. Perhaps you can clearly and specifically respond to the issues raised. Let's move away from the children toy test and the many assumptions you make. Do several real mAh tests that can support your claims please!

    3. Creator Erik Gustavsson on July 26, 2014

      Congratulations Shawn - I didn't think this could get any more unbeliveable, but you have managed to raise the bar once again.

      No I don't have children. The industry in general seems to have moved away from children as standard test equipment for characterizing batteries, hard to get a NIST tracable calibration on them I think.

      We get by with some basic DC sources and loads, multimeters etc. The environmental test lab has a shaker table for the mechanical shock testing - slightly better controlled than a child and less drool (we prefer to do moisture separately).

    4. Creator Shawn West on July 25, 2014

      Erik,
      This isn't a capacitor manufacturer selling me their prototype. This is a capacitor manufacturer, making MY prototype. I made the graphene and they built the capacitor. Need details? Online you'll find people who are making graphene in their blender. I use a ball mill with 6, 1/4" ceramic balls, running for a week. Then the graphene is placed on a film that is electrostatically neutral and the graphene is give time to dry, in which I'm left with very long chains of carbon nano tubes.

      as far as using the batteries in my daughters toy. You must not have any children because if you did, you'd know that a kids toy is an excellent real world test. Kids toys are for the most part, very inefficient and will drain batteries fairly quick. It's also a great test bed for physical abuse by throwing and dropping.

      So, there you have it. I appreciate your comment.

    5. Creator Erik Gustavsson on July 25, 2014

      Yes, please do tell the story of how a capacitor manufacturer sold prototypes of their new and completely revolutionary products to some guy so he could try them out in his daughters toy.

      That'll shut up those "wiz kids" with their calculators and electrical engineering knowledge for sure!

    6. Creator Erich Fahrenholz on July 24, 2014

      Shawn you were featured on hackaday a few days back. You need to contact them and make this known. The post blew up with all sorts of electrical engineering math wiz kids complaining about the capacity not adding up. You aren't getting anywhere with the funding because of this. I was also highly skeptical after I looked into it myself. We all wondered how you were getting the claimed output with with any capacitor on the market.

      I truly believe this product could change things dramatically but you need to tell people these things. You are just over half the funding but dangerously close to the end of the deadline.