NEW technology will let your phone fully charge in just nine minutes – and it could be available in your devices by summer.
This will also help companies design smaller and thinner phones after devices ballooned in size to fit in giant batteries.
The new technology, which allows rapid charging without causing damage to batteries, was showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.
It comes from Chinese phone maker Oppo, which is the fourth biggest firm globally and has been growing rapidly in the UK along with its sub-brands OnePlus, Realme and Vivo.
Stuart Miles, founder of tech website Pocket-Lint.co.uk, told the MailOnline: “Battery life is really important for many users but improvements in efficiency are slower than most of us would like.
“So companies are saying if you cannot make it last longer, let’s make it charge quicker.
“The new technology from Oppo only takes nine minutes – less than it takes to shower and brush your teeth in the morning – to have a full charge.”
Mr Miles thinks the new technology will help make batteries smaller, allowing slimmer and lighter phones.
He said iPhone has become more and more heavy over the years due to the growing size of its battery.
“Super speedy charging like this means smaller batteries – after all, if you can fill them up in a matter of minutes then you don’t need a giant one,” he explained.
“Of course, many people want a big screen and so phones have to be big to accommodate that – but they don’t need to be so thick and heavy.”
At Mobile World Congress last week, Oppo demonstrated its SuperVooc charging tech using 240 watts of power, with a video showing a 4,500mAh battery going from one percent to 100 percent in nine minutes.
A 150-watt version will charge a phone in 15 minutes.
Most phones, including iPhones and Samsungs, can only take in ten to 30 watts because too much power can cause batteries to overheat and damage devices.
Samsung had to recall millions of phones in 2016 due to overheating batteries – with some even bursting into flames after getting too hot.
Oppo’s new technology has been in development since 2014.
Neil Monger, Oppo’s UK product manager, said: “It’s not just about speed – it is also about doing it in a way that is safe for our customers.
“For example, if you just try to put more power into a battery without the relevant safeguards, it may cause longer-term battery damage that causes it to degrade quicker over time. We test and test to avoid that.
He says that the new versions of SuperVooc have 13 temperature sensors installed in the phone to monitor the charging status in real-time, which reduces the chances of overheating.
“If someone is keeping a phone for two or three years, they need to know the battery will last. A good battery will retain 80 per cent of its capacity after 800 charges. Ours do that after 1,600,” he added.