2012

PowerTrekk Will Charge Your iPhone Using Water [video]

A Swedish company headquartered in Stockholm has figured out how to power smartphones using a system that includes some water, a tray, a little round container, and an eyeglass case styled cover. PowerTrekk describes its charger as a pocket size, lightweight gizmo for users “who spend time away from the electricity grid.” Translation: If you are hiking over the weekend with no Starbucks or friend’s flat in sight, your phone can still get charged.

The PowerTrekk portable, water-powered fuel-cell charger was first introduced last year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and this year is being eyed at CES.

The setting up process is quick and easy: pour water in the tray, place little round container in tray, cover, connect with your USB and you are on your way. The system works with all devices powered by USB.

The hockey puck like container called the Powerpukk has sodium silicide which produces hydrogen gas when combined with water. Then there is a tray with a little opening where you pour in water, about a tablespoon. Sodium silicide is a specially developed chemical from SiGNa Chemistry. When mixed with water to release hydrogen gas, it is a key element of this system.

The system is expected to be in stores by May or June. Guesstimates of pricing have been varied, ranging from early reports of between $200 and $250 to more recent guesstimates that it may be listing for around $299 with replacement containers priced at about $4.

For more info, check out the official website…