updated 04:30 am EST, Mon February 14, 2011
Instant power for charging over USB
Powertrekk, a fuel cell technology company based in Stockholm Sweden, has created the world's first portable fuel cell-based instant charging solution for devices over USB. Based on technology similar to that used in hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars, the device uses water to create hydrogen, which is then converted into electricity. A video demonstration of how effective and user friendly the device is has been embedded below.
The Powertrekk doubles as 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, which is a boon for outdoor users in particular who may be away from the power grid for extended periods.
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.
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.
Powertrekk is lightweight and creates power in a simple to use and environmentally friendly way - the only by-product of the safely controlled chemical process is a small amount of water vapor.
It is compatible with a wide range of devices. Pricing and availability is to be announced.