- The Washington Times - Monday, May 20, 2013

A California teenager has invented a device that fully charges a cell phone in 20 seconds flat, and leading technology firms, including Google, are turning interested eyes her way.

Esha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, Calif., showcased her invention at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix this past week. She took home $50,000 for the super-fast charging device — which could make charges that take hours just a dim memory in the tech world, the Daily Mail reported.

Another plus of her device: It holds the charge longer than current devices, the Daily Mail said.

Ms. Khare, who’s headed to Harvard, said she hopes to one day “[set] the world on fire,” the Daily Mail reported.

Google has already contacted her to discuss specifics of cell phone battery changes, the paper said.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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