Amazing Fuel Cell Power Bank - Uses Only Water and Salt To Charge


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Smartphones require power to run effectively and efficiently, and they are packed with apps and other programs which badly drains Smartphone batteries if not managed properly. Nigeria is worst-hit when it comes Smartphone power management, as a result of the epileptic power supply plaguing the country’s power sector. That’s why many citizens make brisk business charging Smartphone batteries with power generating sets for a fee. Many Asian mobile battery cell manufacturers have taken advantage of Nigeria’s electricity woes by importing fake and substandard power-banks. These substandard power banks usually have adverse effect on the longevity of our Smartphone batteries.

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Smartphone makers have tried introduced features that will help conserve battery life as well as provide power on demand to Smartphone users such as removable batteries, wireless chargers and external chargers. But all these features have had little effect in curbing the power problems plaguing most smartphones. Wireless charging is still in its developmental phase and has never really taken off. Recent Smartphones are increasingly featuring non-removable batteries, which further complicates the power problems affecting most smartphones.

What is Fuel Cell?

This technology allows you to charge your Smartphone using a simple credit card-sized cartridge, or fuel cells, filled with water and salts. The product featuring this technology is called MyFC JAQ and it was developed in Sweden. The product is made up of a pocket-friendly, beautifully designed metal pouch into which a thin plastic fuel cell is slotted, and then it activates a chemical reaction that will create the power you need. Each cell can deliver 2400 mAh, which is perfect for a single charge and it’s strong enough to fully charge the iPhone 6 battery. You don’t need to wait for hours in other to access a source of power; all you have to do is to slot the cell in and you’d get the power you need to charge your device.

There is a condition, though. You only have an hour or two to start charging once you’ve slotted in the cartridge, before your battery losses power. I’m sure most Nigerians wouldn’t have a problem keeping up with this condition because our environment ensures that we always create time to charge our smartphones. The materials used in manufacturing the cell come from small amounts of common metal and recycled plastics. They comply with the green energy requirement, which is ultimately healthy for our society.

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You don’t need to refill the fuel cells with flammable substances, which is quite common with hydrogen filled fuel cells. All you have to do when you are done using up the fuel cell is to throw it into the trash bin. But disposing it in the trash bin still has some environmental effects, and that’s why MyFC is tirelessly working to create a scheme that will allow its customers return used-up fuel cells for recycling and then picking new fuel cells as replacements.

Challenges still encountered

Although giant strides have being made in the area of Smartphone fuel-cell technology, there are still many challenges to overcome - That’s according to Westerholm. He said that he had been fine tuning this technology since 2010, but the technical challenges were still present. The fuel cells developed recently are incredibly slim and light, but contains five times more energy density than gasoline. Also the shelf life for these fuel cells is quite impressive, because it can last as long as a year or two after purchase, so there is no need to worry about how long the fuel cells will last.

This is the second product coming from the stables of MyFC, but its first product wasn’t appealing to the consumer as well as energy efficient. Its first product was an outdoor type of product that needed to be filled with water, and it was also bulky and ugly. In other to correct its design flaws, MyFC partnered with Aruliden, a New York design agency, to create designs that are more desirable, stylish and memorable. The MyFC JAQ comes with a Micro USB cable and a standard USB, thereby giving smartphone users various charging options.

Currently, the JAQ gives you three amazing colours to choose from. You can match and mix the 5 different colours of the fuel cell, giving options to make your fuel cell charger more attractive and desirable. Recently, there has been a boom in the mobile telecommunication market with an array of video games, apps, smartphones and other digital devices. We get glued to our smartphone's screens because of these exciting features, but all that attention we give our smartphones come at a cost, power.

Technology has made it possible to charge smartphones and other mobile digital devices using fuel cells. MyFC JAQ will really be handy in Africa, most especially Nigeria, which is plagued with a mirage of power problems. It’s expected that the JAQ will cost approximately $75, which is about N14,775. The fuel Cell will cost approximately $1, that’s about N200 for a single charge. Well it might be expensive, but it might just bail you out when you least expect it.

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