Nectar Fuel Cell Charger Confirms the Sad Truth: Batteries Are Still Cheaper

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One day fuel cells may very well be a cheap source of power for all of our electronics. But that day isn't here yet, and from the looks of things, isn't arriving anytime soon. A company called Lilliputian Systems has hooked up with Brookstone to create another fuel cell charger called the Nectar that promises to fully top off a smartphone from 10 to 14 times with a single recyclable cartridge, but at a premium.

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If your travels or adventures keep you away from an outlet for long periods of time, a fuel cell charger is actually a decent way to stay powered without having to carry pounds and pounds of backup batteries. The Nectar Pod cartridges only weigh as much as a AA battery, but pack considerably more kick.
Unfortunately though, for anyone not trekking across the Sahara for weeks at a time, the pricing still makes this technology prohibitively expensive.

The Nectar fuel cell charger, which is available for pre-order on Brookstone right now, will set you back $300. And the non-reusable cartridges are $10 a pop. So you're still better off just finding yourself an available outlet.

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[Brookstone]

DISCUSSION

stevenmcmahon
Did not agree just bc i clicked

These could be developed so that we just add water to refill them. But then the greedy corporations would only get their nut the one time. They don't want to give us free energy (same reasons they make solar subsidies prohibitive).