Firmly under the “Dont try this at home” category, Nokia and the University of South Hampton has performed what I can only think of as a stunt where, using simulated lightening, they charged a Nokia Lumia 925 in mere seconds.
“We were excited by this challenge presented to us by Nokia,” said Neil Palmer, a scientist at University of Southampton. “Using an alternating current, driven by a transformer, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300 mm gap – giving heat and light similar to that of a lightning bolt. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, allowing us to charge the phone.”
“We were amazed to see that the Nokia circuitry somehow stabilized the noisy signal, allowing the battery to be charged in only seconds. This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy,” he added.
“This is a first for any mobile phone company to trial this kind of technology,” said Chris Weber, Executive Vice President for Sales & Marketing. “We obviously aren’t recommending people try this experiment at home, but we are always looking to disrupt and push the boundaries of technology and find innovative ways to improve the performance of our products.”
“As one of the first companies to introduce wireless charging into our products, we believe that this experiment has the potential to jump-start new ideas on how we charge our phones in the future.”