Be ready for disaster with a 55,000mAh portable Zinc-air charger
We saw mobile power-stations pop up around the areas affected by hurricane Sandy, and while that helped somewhat, the reality is that some folks were without power for a couple weeks. Despite these weather events (which occur all over the world), very few people are actually prepared to deal with even the basics when disasters happen.
One solution being pitched by MetAir Power is the MetAir Solstice. It is 100% portable, and is very powerful despite only weighing 3.9-pounds. The reason why it is so light is because of the batteries it uses. The Zinc-air cells are only activated when they are removed from their packaging and are exposed to oxygen. They are not rechargeable, but they can be safely discarded through normal waste channels. Despite their light weight, the stack measures up to 55,000mAh, enough to charge an average smartphone about 20 times. It also has built in LED lights, which can provide about 12 days of light if used 6 hours per day. There is also a built in radio to get news.
The logic in not having rechargeable power cells makes sense, if there are extended outages you are not able to recharge anything anyway. Plus, when or if you forget to keep a traditional back-up solution charged ahead of time, a traditional system will not provide reliable power. The biggest differentiator is the weight, the Zinc-air cells are incredibly lightweight compared to normal battery packs.
If you have been stuck in the cold and dark and grumbled at a lack of preparedness, this might be a handy product to have. MetAir Power has set up a Kickstarter campaign to bring the MetAir Solstice to market. Check out the source link if you are interested. They will ship internationally and expect to have a completed product by this August.
sources: MetAirPower (Kickstarter) via Mashable
1. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
I just would like to comment on ( The logic in not having rechargeable power cells makes sense, if there are extended outages you are not able to recharge anything anyway).
What about a photovoltaic solar power cell? We can charge battery when power outage is extended forever.
I like this battery but I still prefer solar cell charger as they can recharge batteries almost forever.
2. cezarepc (Posts: 577; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I understand your preference, but you have to consider people living in the tropics where they experience 6 months of rain and 6 months of sun. And those who need portable power are most likely victims of typhoons, hurricanes, floods, etc and in those situations it's highly likely that sunlight is not at it's finest.
3. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
Still solar power panel can charge your battery when it's cloudy with a drop of efficiency about 30% of its full power and I think most of us live in the upper 50 states so I was not talking about tropics area with a 6 months of rain.
I still prefer to have a solar panel where I can charge my battery almost forever even with only 30% of its full capacity than to buy a disposable battery.
5. cripton805 (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
You can also use that wind-up power to charge :)
4. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Wow this thing is wasteful...
Zinc-Air batteries are awesome for emergency equipment that needs amperage, not for little trickle charge cellphones. Save your money and go get a MintyBoost or something like it.
6. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I agree with the need for rechargable batteries. If we have no power forever then the battery to buy will be sold out very quickly. If we have solar power then the person who only has sun for six months can get six months worth of rechargable batteries to last the other six months. That seems like a no brainer
7. phljcnth (Posts: 269; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
How in the world does non-rechargeability particularly make sense? What if there is no power outage extension? You'll be left with no choice but to dispose it. I'd still prefer rechargeable ones.
8. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
anyone else notice how they left the price for the unit out of the article or even expected price range....probably too astronmically high.....plus they said the batteries only dishcarge once they are expsed to air??? so what their dead in like 12 days according to this article? i think i'll just stick to a generator or regular ole batteries!!!