Handheld Water-Based Fuel Cell Device Charges Phones on the Go

There is a new mobile phone charger entering the market which just might resolve a significant percentage of the problems that people have traditionally faced when it comes to recharging their mobile phones. This device is a handheld charger that uses fuel cell technology to power phones when outlets and other traditional forms of electricity are not available. It is a convenient easy-to-use green technology and it’s one that is almost ready for release.

The charger, called the H3 charger, has been developed by a company in Stockholm called myFC. It works as follows:

  • Take the charger with you when you’re on the go. It is approximately the size of a sandwich and is lightweight enough to easily be carried around regardless of where you might be going.
  • Carry a few extra hydrogen packets around with you. The company calls these “tea bags” which gives you an idea of what to expect them to look and feel like.
  • Open up the charger. Add a hydrogen packet tea bag. Add water. Close the compartment.
  • A reaction takes places within the charger. The purpose of this reaction is to create electricity in the fuel cells of the charger.
  • Use a mini-USB charger to plug your phone into the fuel cell charger and start to charge your phone. Alternatively, allow the charger to fill up using its Lithium Ion battery so that you can use the charger whenever you are ready to do so.

This is an innovative design that takes its cues from other portable phone chargers, solving some of the problems of those other devices. Examples of those problems / solutions include:

  • No outlet needed. The most obvious problem with chargers to date has been that they required outlets to gather electricity. This solves that problem.
  • Just add water. Unlike other green chargers that have to have the right solar or wind power conditions, all that you need to make this device work is water.
  • Small. There have been other charging devices created using this design however they have all been too bulky to date. The unique organization of the fuel cells in this device makes it highly convenient.

The product is being released to the market at the end of the year starting in Scandinavia and is expected to be widely available in 2011.

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