Stop whatever you're doing and check out this $99 fuel cell-powered portable charger
posted by Peter K. / Jan 08, 2015, 8:43 AM
Chances are that 99% of all portable smartphone chargers you might bump into will rely on a Li-Ion battery to store all that spare juice. From time to time, however, an ingenious product arrives with the true potential to amaze us. Such a gadget is this new smartphone charger, which is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter.
See, it does not sport a battery inside, but a compact fuel cell, which will produce a steady electrical current by disintegrating chemicals leaving water and heat as by-products after the reaction. Simply put, it's a miniature power plant that can fit in your pockets. "Recharging" the kraftwerk powerbank takes just 3 seconds, which will henceforth enable you to fully charge your iPhone 11 times, as the Kickstarter page of the charger puts it. The charger is completely power grid-independent.
Its tank stores up to 200ml of fuel, which is enough to provide power output varies between 2W and 10W, which means that it will charge your device with a current that deviates between 400mA and 2,000mA, which is similar to what you normally get from most chargers. The willing adopters can back kraftwerk and score a fuel cell mobile charger for $99.
source: Kickstarter via AndroidAuthority
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Design is sexy.
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 8:51 AM 3
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Who cares about the design? This idea is pretty neat on paper, but a complete waste of money in actuality. You need to keep buying fuel for it to work? Joke. Buying a powerbank is cheaper in the long run.
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 2:09 PM 3
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It seems dangerous.
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 8:54 AM 6
Which fuel.? How much will the fuel cost..?
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 9:25 AM 0
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I think this will have the same sound as a gas powered chain saw.
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 9:26 AM 1
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Doesn't it strike everyone a little suspicious that seal in batteries where we can't replace them, and we are bombarded with these charging accessories to underscore the problem with batteries? I've said it until I'm blue in the face. We shouldn't be sealing archaic powercell technology into modern day power house devices until the battery technology has made far better advances. All we are doing is placing a bandaid on a wound. We are not fixing the problem. It's just the manufacturers creating a pacifier for the consumer. What happens when these accessories no longer charge your device because the battery is toast? John B.
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 9:33 AM 3
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I too have been saying this for a few years now... we need to take the good scientists we have out there and dedicate them to improving our battery technology! Battery technology in this world is pathetic, it's old, outdated and with these powerful (see: quad/octa-core CPU's like Tegra X1 and Snapdragon 815) electronics nowadays, we need to figure out better ways of powering them. Wireless charging and rapid charging are great bandaid's as well as charge packs like this one, but as you said, it's just that, a bandaid.
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 12:07 PM 1
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Yet another kickstarter scam on people who don't know better....When will people learn, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is...I hope too many people don't lose their money on this one...Here is some interesting reading on fuel cell technology though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F
posted on Jan 08, 2015, 10:06 AM 1
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