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Why can’t you recharge batteries instantly?

Herding electrons into your rechargeable device has it's limitations.

Asked by: Kenny Millar, Kirkintilloch


When you recharge a battery you’re replacing the electrons it released to power your gadget. But, like cars squeezing along a busy road, there is a limit to how many electrons can flow through the connectors, so you couldn’t simply recharge the battery instantaneously. The other limitation is heat – the higher the charging current, the hotter the battery and charger.


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