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Brookstone USB charger for smartphones uses fuel cell tech

updated 07:28 am EDT, Wed May 9, 2012

Brookstone to offer portable USB fuel cell charger

Retailer Brookstone is working with MIT spin-off Liliputian Systems to deliver a palm-sized portable fuel cell USB charger. The device will offer mobile users the ability to charge their smartphone up to 14 times for around two-weeks of use free from a wall charger. Like the similar Powertrekk portable fuel-cell charger, the Brookstone device uses replaceable fluid-filled cartridges to continue delivering charges after the initial cartridge is depleted.

Although Brookstone has not been forthcoming with a price for the USB charger unit itself, it says that the replaceable cartridges will only be a few dollars each. Refills will be available online and in store with spent cartridges able to be recycled through municipal recycling programs. As an added bonus, the technology is also certified for use when travelling on aircraft. It manages this by using a unique process whereby a solid oxide fuel cell membrane is deposited onto a silicon wafer courtesy of investor, Intel.

Brookstone expects that early adopters will be the first to jump onto the technology, but that travellers and outdoor adventurers will also see the benefits of the device. Brookstone expects to have the portable USB fuel cell charger on sale before the year's end. [via CNET]





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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    and it likely

    will cost way too much, like everything else at Brookstone.

  1. facebook_Tyler

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    Joined: May 2012

    +1

    sounds great for...

    I don't know anything about the cost, but the concept sounds great for keeping iDevices charged when camping or when exploring world.

  1. gprovida

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    So can you go on an airplane?

    For mobile users, being able to take on a trip is what its all about.

  1. gprovida

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    My bad,

    I am amazed they got it OK'd for planes. Now I am interested, especially if its has a charger compatible to laptops from Apple.

  1. bowwowman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hummmmm

    So, you can buy a fuel cell charger for your cell phone, and apple is using fuel cells to power their new data center in NC, but we STILL dont have any significant numbers or types of simple, lightweight, and affordable fuel cells for cars............whats wrong with this picture ???????????

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    maybe because

    powering a cellphone and powering a car are two very different things. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the cost for a fuel-cell-powered auto would be prohibitive. You'll pay the relatively high cost-per-watt (or whatever) for a fuel cell charger for a phone because overall, it's affordable. The equivalent cost for an auto could be, what, $50,000 for a small car? Again, just a guess.

  1. BuzzMega

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Throughput?

    Weight. Output rate. Duration of operation. Things associated with a battery as an energy source. How does it stack up?

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