Portable power to the people
Whether you’re an intrepid adventurer with a love for the great outdoors or even an avid festival-goer, you’re almost certain to have experienced the frustration of being unable to charge your gadgets, such a cameras and mobile phones, whilst up the side of a mountain, or indeed stuck in a muddy field.
As a result, you might have been unable to capture those once-in-a-lifetime pictures or share experiences with your friends, which will probably have left you pulling your hair out.
However, such frustrations could soon become a thing of the past thanks to two new portal power innovations that look set to revolutionise how we charge our electrical devices whilst out
PowerTrekk – Just Add Water
First up is PowerTrekk, the world’s first portable hydrogen fuel cell charger, which has been developed by Swedish fuel cell technology company, myFC.
Aimed at outdoor enthusiasts, PowerTrekk is a 2-in-1 charging solution that combines a fuel cell with a portable battery pack. The PowerTrekk’s fuel cell is called a Power Puck and works by converting hydrogen into electricity.
To charge the fuel cell, users simply need to pour around a tablespoon of water into the cell’s water tank, which will create around 5W of energy – enough to charge an iPhone twice over.
The PowerTrekk device also comes with a standard 1500mAh battery that can be charged via a standard power outlet or via the fuel cell, meaning that it can operate on its own as a ready source of power or serve as a storage buffer for the fuel cell.
Fancy a Piggyback?
If the PowerTrekk unit doesn’t sound like it’s for you, then you might want to consider the Piggyback Solar Power Gadget Bag from ThinkGeek instead.
As the name suggests, the Gadget Bag quite literally piggy backs onto your existing bag, be it a rucksack or even a briefcase (for the City Slickers amongst you!).
The Gadget Bag comes with an 8 x 12 inch, super-efficient flexible solar panel that converts sunlight into 1000 mA at 5.6 volts – again, easily enough to charge an iPhone.
And as with the PowerTrekk charger, the Gadget Bag also comes with an 800mAh Lithium Ion battery pack for the occasions when the sun refuses to shine – an all too frequent occurrence here in the UK!
Both of these innovations make good use of renewable energy sources to provide power on the go for all of your favourite gadgets.
What do you think of the PowerTrekk charger and Piggyback Gadget Bag? Could you see yourself using either device? Let is know your thoughts on Twitter @BritishGas.