Nightly News   |  June 05, 2013

Teen discovers how to charge cellphone in seconds

Eesha Khare, the 18-year-old winner of the Intel Young Scientist Award, earned $50,000 for her breakthrough research. Her innovative charging device can fit inside a cell phone and fully charge the phone in about 20 seconds. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> finally tonight it might be years before we see it -- a device that charges your cell phone in 20 seconds, but the invention of its kind is the work of a california teenager who has shown an uncanny ability at a young age to think big . her story tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer.

>> reporter: at lynnbrook high school in san jose , california , 18-year-old isha care will tell you she's a typical teen.

>> i think i'm normal. i love talking to people. i love having fun.

>> reporter: ordinary is a word few would use to describe this extraordinary student.

>> i think i really try to go after what i'm complaining about and find a solution to that.

>> reporter: when her cell phone battery constantly died she turned her frustration into innovation.

>> yeah.

>> reporter: in a lab at u.c. santa cruz she developed a super capt capt capacitor which could charge a cell phone in as little as 20 second es.

>> this has all the charge to hold. when you put it in a cell phone the charge will be transferred.

>> people do ph.d. dissertations on topics like she did in high school . she is exceptional.

>> reporter: exceptional is one way to put it.

>> from saratoga, california , isha carere.

>> reporter: in may she won $50,000 for her breast cancerthrough research.

>> it was great for me that my hard work and the work of so many people that helped me has been recognized.

>> reporter: she's always been at the top of her class academically. her success goes further than just the classroom. an accomplished dancer, she also plays varsity field hockey.

>> she's the last one to leave the field, the first one to be here.

>> reporter: already recruited by high tech companies this young inventor says college is next.

>> i hope to pursue science, but i will be attending harvard this fall. i hope to explore and see where i fit best and continue on from there.

>> reporter: a budding scientist with a future as promising as her discoveries. miguel almaguer, nbc news, san jose , california .