Portable fuel cell users butane to charge

Portable fuel cell users butane to charge

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:01 pm

I just became aware of this product in the development stage. Looks interesting.

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In a deal announced this week [May 2012], American high-end retailer Brookstone will become the first seller of a portable fuel cell made by MIT spin-off company Lilliputian Systems Inc (LSI). Described as a “plug-less charger,” it will allow users to recharge their electronic devices’ batteries wherever they are – as long as they’ve stocked up on butane.

A CNET report states that the device is about the size of a thick smartphone, and that it uniquely features a solid oxide fuel cell membrane deposited onto a silicon wafer. It generates power using recyclable butane cartridges, which are around the size of a cigarette lighter. According to LSI, one of those cartridges should provide “several weeks of ‘always available’ Personal Power” – this is reportedly five to ten times longer than the run times offered by similarly-sized batteries. CNET adds that the fuel cell should be able to recharge an iPhone 4 a total of 10 to 14 times on one cartridge.


More details at Gizmag.

I initially thought it might be rechargeable but I do wonder now if it is a throw-away device. Anyone have more details?

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Re: Portable fuel cell users butane to charge

Postby Riggsbie » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:29 pm

That sounds awesome......

I wonder what the price tag will be ?


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Re: Portable fuel cell users butane to charge

Postby im_no_pro » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:08 am

Aushiker wrote:I initially thought it might be rechargeable but I do wonder now if it is a throw-away device. Anyone have more details?

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Best comparison I can come up with is kinda like a Co2 kit. The The head, cylinder sleeve is reusable, the Co2 cylinder is single use. A small, single use butane cylinder (size of a cigarette lighter according the the info you provided) is used to fuel the device, when its spent, recycle it and whack in a new one.
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Re: Portable fuel cell users butane to charge

Postby wqlava1 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:19 am

They would need to be very standard gas cylinders with wide availability - you won't be able to take them on the plane, and maybe/probably not the fuel cell device when charged.
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Re: Portable fuel cell users butane to charge

Postby Aushiker » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:35 pm

wqlava1 wrote:They would need to be very standard gas cylinders with wide availability - you won't be able to take them on the plane, and maybe/probably not the fuel cell device when charged.


Additionally, it has been approved by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization and the U.S. Department of Transportation as an acceptable carry-on luggage item


This statement suggests otherwise.

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