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Lilliputian Systems USB fuel cell heading to Brookstone

Lilliputian Systems USB fuel cell heading to Brookstone

When it comes to keeping your gadgets charged on the go, there are few options such as external battery packs or solar chargers. The problem is solar chargers are very slow and external battery packs require recharging themselves. Perhaps the most promising way to charge a smartphone or other device when you're away from an outlet for an extended period of time is a fuel cell.

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Low-temp ceramic micro fuel-cells promise affordable methane power

Low-temp ceramic micro fuel-cells promise affordable methane power

Chips, memory and software have all come on in leaps and bounds over the past decade; however, we're still waiting for mobile power solutions to catch up. Now, a new platinum-free micro-SOFC (solid oxide fuel cells) could change all that; the handiwork of researchers led by Shriram Ramanathan at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the all-ceramic design makes for more reliable fuel cells, as well as cheaper ones.

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Horizon MiniPak Brings Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Masses

Horizon MiniPak Brings Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Masses

We're all looking for alternate, better, and more powerful ways to charge all of our gadgets. That's half the fun of owning all these shiny things: finding ways to actually keep them powered. And while double-A batteries, or any of their brethren, work great for some things, and those AC wall chargers are constantly plugged in, we're always in the market for something that we can take with us, doesn't kill our batteries in the process of charging, and can last longer than we probably need it to. That's why we're happy to hear about the Horizon MiniPak.

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Media Xtreme fuel-cell charger on sale at T-Mobile

Media Xtreme fuel-cell charger on sale at T-Mobile

T-Mobile are offering a fuel-cell portable power pack as an accessory for their cellphone range, one of the first mainstream fuel-cell applications targeted at everyday consumers.  The Medis 24/7 Xtreme Portable Power Solution runs on sealed cartridges of sodium borohydride, and can offer 20 Watt-hours from a single cartridge.

Each cell lasts up to 18 months unused, and is activated merely by squeezing it and slotting it into the charger device.  Once activated, the cell should last for up to 3 months, though Medis recommend using it within six weeks.

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