New Fuel Cell Tech Can Fully Charge Your Phone with Only a Spoonful of Water

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. dgstorm
    Offline

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    7,352
    Likes Received:
    1,404
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    [​IMG]

    Sweedish company, myFC, are marketing a pretty amazing new bit of technology for those that need to charge their phones in remote regions. Whether you are a humble camper, a rescue worker, or in the military, you could find this device pretty useful. It's called the PowerTrekk, and is a portable fuel cell charger. All you need to activate the device is a spoonful of water, and it will fully charge your smartphone. The device is about the same size as a pocket camera and can use salt water or fresh water. Here's a full description from the manufacturer's website:

    This looks to be an invaluable tool for anyone looking to be away from the "grid", yet still needing that communication access. The device retails for $229.99 on the IndustrialRev.com website, linked below. It's also important to note that the device has two methods to charge your phones. One is that you will also need to purchase their PowerTrekk Pukk. They are sold in 3-packs for $11.99, and each Pukk will provide 4 Watt hours of energy, which should be sufficient to charge several phone sized devices. The other is that the device comes with its own built-in battery than can be charged via the fuel-cell or through plugging into another power source. The internal buffer battery can provide a current of 1500 mA during one hour.

    The idea behind this is pretty amazing. I look forward to the day when this evolves to larger devices. What do you guys think?

    Source: PhoneArena and PowerTrekk and IndustrialRev.com
  2. wicked
    Offline

    wicked DF Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    4,054
    Likes Received:
    370
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    $229 is pretty steep but really cool idea.
  3. Captmilk
    Offline

    Captmilk New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Erie, PA
    That's sweet
  4. Sweettooth
    Offline

    Sweettooth New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    724
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Can it run on beer or cheap vodka?
  5. combatmedic870
    Offline

    combatmedic870 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2011
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    49
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Portland OR
    .....but waters free...
  6. AuxiliaryPie
    Offline

    AuxiliaryPie New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2009
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    but beer is good
  7. tgyberg
    Offline

    tgyberg Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Messages:
    3,822
    Likes Received:
    237
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    No but I sure can!
    1 person likes this.
  8. LoneWolfArcher
    Offline

    LoneWolfArcher Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    1,198
    Likes Received:
    130
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Michigan
    Just a spoonful of water helps the battery go up!
  9. CletusVanDam
    Offline

    CletusVanDam New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    FL
    Can it run on pee?
  10. robert70
    Offline

    robert70 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    278
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    If you open an umbrella and float off, I'm gonna giggle my ass off.
  11. smokiedabong
    Offline

    smokiedabong New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Messages:
    988
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Internet
    I think solar chargers or motion charger are a way better solution or some remote areas as those are independent.
    This gadget produces hydrogen from water through a chemical reaction so besides water it also needs the fuel cell which is pretty expensive and it's only good for one cycle. That means you fill it up with water, charge your phone once and then you need to replace the fuel cell as it's been depleted of it's chemicals. It's a lighter solution than batteries as the fuel cells are lighter but other than that it's just another expensive useless gadget.
  12. dgstorm
    Offline

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    7,352
    Likes Received:
    1,404
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Here ya go!

    1 person likes this.
  13. Xplorer4x4
    Offline

    Xplorer4x4 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,005
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Evansville,IN
    @smokiedabong, that certainly might be better in some cases, but I can see the benefit of this as well. Say you are in the wilderness, and you become injuered an unable to walk. You may not have efficient access to the sun for solar power, and you are not able to move enough for motion generated energy, but you are likely to have a bottle of water with you. Pop open the water, poor a little, and you now have power.
  14. kodiak799
    Offline

    kodiak799 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,875
    Likes Received:
    238
    Trophy Points:
    63
    They should get Bear Grylls to do a commercial where he's looking for water....so he can charge his phone to call for help!

    I should have worked in advertising...may have chosen the wrong career path...
    1 person likes this.