Fully charge your phone with a spoonful of water

Fully charge your phone with a spoonful of water
There will be an endless supply of sunlight for the foreseeable future, but in their current state solar chargers are inefficient and slow.  A Sweedish company, myFC, looks to tap into the the world's second most abundant resource to charge your phone.  The new PowerTrekk charger is a simple fuel cell charger that uses a mere spoonful of water to provide a full charge to your phone.  The charger, not much larger than a pocket camera, is capable of using both salt and fresh water so you can dip into the ocean or grab your juice from a puddle of rain water.  While you and I may not be carrying these around with you, campers, aid workers and anyone in remote locations will no doubt appreciate this simple way to keep their gadgets charged while off the grid.

Source: Physorg


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22 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Seriously??? Wow now that's something very useful indeed. Useful in a lot of situations, especially in flooded areas. Nice thing to have too if you're a smartphone hog :p

3. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I'm sure if you put Nutella instead of water it would run even longer. Looooove Nutella.

4. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Actually if you feed me a spoonful of Nutella I'll go for hours on end!!! :p Just kidding, but seriously, Nutella sure is heavenly.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I don't think I want to waste Nutella to charge my phone :P But this device is pretty awesome, yet way too pricey.

2. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Just one question: how long does it takes to charge the device to X%?

5. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Good question. But I guess it's not that important if you consider that this will mostly be used in calamity affected areas. So a constant source of charge is good enough no matter how slow the charging is. People in the city can charge almost anywhere anyway. :p

6. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Awesome! So, when can we buy it?

7. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so how long does the charging take?

15. Croxy

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Well, it'll probably take the same amount of time as like you were charging it at your home with a normal charger as it's output voltage is 5 volts. Sourcehttp://www.powertrekk.com/powertrekk/

21. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

volts are not important for the speed.....important is this: "Output power: 5 W from battery, 2.5 W from battery and fuel cell." so how much from the fuel cell? it is rather not written there

22. Croxy

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Well, I'm no expert but tried my best.. So if you find out something about this, could you please write it here in the comments.

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

You can buy it now,for the price of a spare smart phone... http://www.industrialrev.com/powertrekk.html

9. Bigbluetundra

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

This is great! Hopefully they let this develop further. We had a guy in the US that had a car that ran great off water, basically a bigger version of this concept. Then they killed him and stole the prototype, never to be seen again.

10. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

In the 90's there was also a guy from the Philippines who sort of modified a car so that it can run on water. The guy tried to get the support of his government but failed. The Japanese gov't took him in and provided him support. Never heard of him since.

13. PaulNotFromSweden

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I haven't heard about cars, but I have a boat that runs on water :)

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Honda was supposed to release a car that only runs on water in 2010 and they even had commercial on TV in the end of 2009. (If I remember correctly) But let's face it, cars like that would never happen because the big fat oil companies wouldn't allow. They would lose so much money. There is a news clip on the car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUu7q_o_saE

17. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

In Brazil,in the 80's there was a guy who had a fuel made out of grass,really. He actually drove a car hundreds of miles on it. Guess what happened? Either Shell or Texaco,I dont remember which,bought the patent then had him sign a contract not to disclose anything. Then they took the patent,locked it up and threw the key away.

18. Bigbluetundra

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ3juM6vHwg Here's the link to the US water powered engine. Inventor was murdered and his prototype diasappeared not long after this news story.

19. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Yep because the big fat ass beaurecrats that have big fat oil companies giving them money to "look the other way" would lose so much dough from it.

11. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

now that's what i call innovation! but how does this thing work?

12. oldbto

Posts: 18; Member since: May 19, 2010

Whoa... $230. Think I will just buy an extra battery or two

20. alpinestars

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

What I'm more interested in is Duracell wants to do. Basically they want to put a PowerMat everywhere, and have most phones have inductive charging capabilities. So in the future fast food restaurants, hotels, convention centers, stadiums, Starbucks, airports, nearly everywhere will have these charging mats on tables so wherever you go, you can place your phone on the mat and it'll charge. You don't have to find an outlet, you don't have to carry cables around to charge.

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