PowerTrekk Introduced Pocket-Sized Fuel Cell Charger

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News Posted: Fri, Feb 11 2011 1:15 PM
With the mobile world exploding, there's a huge market growing for charging solutions. Keeping your gadgets charged has always been a top priority for heavy users, but now it's becoming entirely more mainstream. PowerTrekk is a company that's looking to mix cutting-edge charging technology with the mobile space, and they have created a fuel-cell driven power source for mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices.


Amazingly, it's just pocket-sized, and it can provide instant power anywhere, even in remote locations where it's hard to find a wall outlet to recharge. It uses fuel cell technology to convert hydrogen into electricity, and it has a rugged, waterproof shell to keep it functioning in less-than-ideal circumstances. PowerTrekk is a 2-in-1 solution that is both a portable battery pack and fuel cell. The portable battery pack can be operated on its own as a ready source of power or storage buffer for the fuel cell. The fuel cell enables instant charging from a depleted battery state without ever needing a wall charge. Users simply insert a fuel pack and add water. To charge portable devices - for example mobile phones, cameras and GPS devices - users connect a device to Power Trekk via a USB port.


According to Bjorn Westerholm, CEO at myFC, the company behind PowerTrekk: "Fuel cell power is generated immediately and charging is not impacted by weather or the position of the sun, as for solar panels. Compared to battery powered travel chargers, PowerTrekk offers reliable charging as the fuel packs do not deplete as batteries do."

No pricing information is being disclosed yet, but that should become clear after Mobile World Congress next week.

Portable Fuel Cell Charger Provides Instant Power Anywhere

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, February 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

- PowerTrekk is a Fuel Cell Driven Power Source for Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Equipment. Unlike Other Portable Chargers, PowerTrekk Provides Instant and Reliable Power Anywhere, Making it Ideal for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Business Users in Emerging Markets.

PowerTrekk is a pocket size, lightweight charger for users who spend time away from the electricity grid. Providing instant power anywhere, PowerTrekk uses advanced fuel cell technology which cleanly and efficiently converts hydrogen into electricity. With its rugged, waterproof casing and robust technology on the inside, PowerTrekk is designed to match demanding requirements.

PowerTrekk is a 2-in-1 solution that is both a portable battery pack and fuel cell. The portable battery pack can be operated on its own as a ready source of power or storage buffer for the fuel cell. The fuel cell enables instant charging from a depleted battery state without ever needing a wall charge. Users simply insert a fuel pack and add water. To charge portable devices - for example mobile phones, cameras and GPS devices - users connect a device to Power Trekk via a USB port.

"PowerTrekk has a competitive edge over traditional portable chargers. Fuel cell power is generated immediately and charging is not impacted by weather or the position of the sun, as for solar panels. Compared to battery powered travel chargers, PowerTrekk offers reliable charging as the fuel packs do not deplete as batteries do," said Bjorn Westerholm, CEO at myFC, the company behind PowerTrekk.

myFC is a Swedish fuel cell technology company that develops solutions for powering portable electronics. Having secured numerous patents around proprietary shape-flexible fuel cell systems with record high power density, PowerTrekk is the first commercial portable charger using myFC technology. Since the hydrogen fuel can be supplied from several alternative sources, the system is "flexifuel". The chemistry process is safe and eco-friendly, and the only by-product from the fuel cell is a little water vapor.
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3vi1 replied on Sat, Feb 12 2011 1:16 PM

>> Compared to battery powered travel chargers, PowerTrekk offers reliable charging as the fuel packs do not deplete as batteries do."

Compared to battery powered travel chargers, you'll get gang-raped and tasered 5000% more by the TSA should you actually "travel" with PowerTrekk.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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coolice replied on Sat, Feb 12 2011 2:30 PM

Thats the first thought i had... calling it a fuel pack doesnt help either haha... the last thing i'd want is for Airport security to ask me... "Son, what is this gadget".... "Its a fuel cell driven power source for when my devices die"...."come with me please"

At least this is waterproof and rugged. after watching 127 hours and burried... this thing CAN come in handy!

 

Oh, btw, my friend has one of those energizer portable rechargers for  his blackberry.... his only complaint is, by the time he gets home, he needs to charge both devices... he purchased a battery and battery dock from ebay which he prefers... so he can charge the secondary battery outside. Its easier to carry the second battery vs carrying the portable recharger. 

 

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interesting. woner how much charge is in a fuel pack.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Feb 12 2011 7:51 PM

I have actually been waiting to see something on a hydrogen solution ever since the troops had the experimental power packs a year or so ago. As a solution especially for slates/iPads, and smart phone as well as many other devices I think this is an awesome idea. I just cannot wait until the get us full on hydro batteries, from what I understand they generally last about 20 days with active use on a singular device such as one of those I listed or an MP3 player etc. Then you would have to take them in to get charged at somewhere like your local cell phone store or electronics store. The details I give are rough as it has been quite some time since I read about it. I do know they said for a soldier it would operate all his devices for 3-5 straight days, and a soldier has a mini radioshack on nowadays so it is impressive, of course that was larger hydrogen charger, but much less in mass than they currently have to carry to keep it all charged!

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I agree, I'm cautiously optimistic that is it what they say it is. If they offer it an affordable price, this could be a game changer. I would love something bigger to charge my laptop with!

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