Teen Girl Invents Device That Recharges Cell Phones In 20 Seconds


No need to wait for the super brains at Apple to invent something to charge your phone fast, because a high school girl has already invented it! No biggie…

Her name is Eesha Khare, 18, from California. She designed the device and entered it into the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week in Arizona.

So what did she invent? A fast-charging device and a so-called supercapacitor  that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time. Her invention won her $50 000, and the hope that in the near future our cell phones will be able to be charged in 20-30 seconds instead of hours (or days in some cases!).

“My cellphone battery always dies,” she told NBC News when asked what inspired her to work on the energy-storage technology. What’s also revolutionary about her idea is that it can last for 10 000 recharge cycles instead just 1000 cycles as conventional recharged batteries do.

She used to supercapacitor to power an LED light during her demonstration, and spoke about how the device is small and capable enough to power cell phones and other technologies. “It is also flexible, so it can be used in roll-up displays and clothing and fabric,” Khare added. “It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense.”

Eesha was one of two ‘Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award’ runners up in the competition and Intel say that her device has the potential to also power car batteries!

We definitely need more talented and passionate women in the computer science, technology, engineering and science fields. Eesha’s invention shows we have the ability to compete in this industry and that it is not just a male-dominated landscape like it used to be. More and more women are taking top leaderships positions in these industries and it is up to parents, teachers and families to encourage young minds to pursue their passions.

Thank you to companies like Intel who lay the ground for young women like Eesha to realize her dream and allow her the opportunity to showcase what she loves doing. We encourage other young women reading this to get plugged into the tech community and find a hackathon contest, science fare or something similar where you can showcase your skills. Organizations like Girls Who Code and For Girls In Science are fantastic places to get started!

If you could invent something that could potentially change the way we live today, what would it be?



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