December 11 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets Year: 2010 Rating: 1
MTI MicroFuel Cells, a division of MTI, has a prototype portable fuel cell battery which it hopes to release by the end of 2009. "This compact and light weight fuel cell charger comes with a removable cartridge that can be swapped for a new one when depleted. Each additional cartridge gives consumers another 25 Watt-hours of power." 25 Watt-hours of power translates to 10 cellphone charges or 100 hours of video on a portable video player like the iPhone.
The device itself runs on 100% methanol fuel which isn't surprising since you can buy methanol for .47 cents a gallon. The Mobion chip used in the device has a new design architecture that "embodies a reduction in the size, complexity, and cost of fuel cell construction." With fuel cells currently available at astronomical prices, it will be interesting to see how much they've cut the cost off their product.
Full MTI press release here.