Scientists have built a flexible aluminium battery which they say could be a cheap, fast-charging and safe alternative to current designs.
The protoype consists of a soft pouch, containing aluminium for one electrode and a graphite foam for the other - all surrounded by a special liquid salt.
It can recharge in less than a minute and is very safe and durable compared to lithium-ion batteries, but currently only delivers about half the voltage.
The work appears in the journal Nature.
The researchers say it has advantages over lithium-ion batteries, common in electronic devices like smartphones, as well as traditional alkaline batteries.
Other scientists have said the work is exciting but still at a very early stage.To read more, click here.