BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – You’re stuck in the dessert. You are thirsty, hot, and – worst of all – your cellphone is dead. You discover that you have a teaspoonful of water that you had previously overlooked. Do you a) Drink it? or b) use it to recharge your phone.
The Powertekk is a portable fuel-cell charger with a built-in buffer battery. You pop in a recyclable pod, add a few milliliters of water and then sit back and watch the fireworks. Actually, you don’t. The process is silent and dull, just what you want from your charging tech.
The internal 1,500mAh li-ion battery can output 5 watts of USB power, or you can run direct from the cell for a slower 2.5 watt charge.
Why, you might ask, would you carry this instead of a rechargeable power pack? The idea is that the pucks are super light (just an ounce or 30 grams each) so you can take them with you when hiking or traveling away from power, and without having to rely on the sun. And if you don’t have access to water? Then you probably have bigger problems than charging your iPhone.
The PowerTrekk can be bought right now.