Up-cycling power pack reuses the energy from discarded smartphones

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

The average consumer purchases a new smartphone every 18 months. When they do, old models end up either recycled or worse, tucked away in a drawer. But discarded smartphones contain lots of valuable materials, in particular the power left within their lithium batteries. Making use of those leftovers is a new startup from South Korea, which has created Better Re — an up-cycling external power pack that will enable consumers to use the remaining power in old batteries to charge their new devices. Since the turn of the millennium, lithium mining — a process which often damages local environments —…

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