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A dramatic new technology will completely revolutionize the way you charge your phone

NEW technology will fully charge your phone in just nine minutes – and it could be in your devices by summer.

This will also help companies create smaller and thinner phones after devices have grown so large that they can fit in giant batteries.

A new technology allows your phone to be fully charged in less than ten minutes

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The new technology that makes it possible fast charge without causing damage to batteries was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.

It comes from Chinese phone maker Oppo, which is the world’s fourth largest company and has grown rapidly in the UK along with its sub-brands OnePlus, Realme and Vivo.

Experts say Apple and Samsung have been working to replicate the feat ever since fast charging and long battery life is a key selling point for mobile devices.

Stuart Miles, founder of tech website Pocket-lint.co.uk, said MailOnline: “Battery life is really important to many users, but improvements in efficiency have been slower than most of us would like.

“So companies are saying if you can’t hold it longer, let’s charge it faster.

“Oppo’s new technology takes just nine minutes – less than taking a shower and brushing your teeth in the morning – to be fully charged.”

Mr Miles believes the new technology will help make batteries smaller and allow for slimmer and lighter phones.

He said iPhone has become heavier and heavier over the years due to the growing size of its battery.

“Super-fast charging like this means smaller batteries – after all, if you can charge them in minutes, you don’t need huge ones,” he explained.

“Obviously, a lot of people want a big screen, so the phones have to be big to make that happen — but they don’t have to be that thick and heavy.”

At Mobile World Congress last week, Oppo demonstrated its 240-watt SuperVooc charging technology, with a video showing a 4,500mAh battery charging from one percent to 100 percent in nine minutes.

A 150-watt version charges a phone in 15 minutes.

Most phones, including iPhones and Samsungs, can only draw 10-30 watts because too much current can cause it overheat batteries and damage devices.

Samsung had to recall millions of phones in 2016 because of overheated batteries – some even bursting into flames after getting too hot.

Oppo’s new technology has been in development since 2014.

Neil Monger, Oppo’s product manager for the UK, said: “It’s not just about speed – it’s also about doing it in a way that’s safe for our customers.

“For example, simply trying to put more power into a battery without the proper safety precautions can result in longer-term battery damage, causing it to degrade more rapidly over time. We test and test to avoid this.

He says the new versions of SuperVooc 13 have temperature sensors installed in the phone to monitor the charging status in real time, reducing the chance of overheating.

“If someone keeps a phone for two or three years, they need to know that the battery will last. A good battery retains 80 percent of its capacity after 800 charges. Ours do this after 1,600,” he added.

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