myFC PowerTrekk Small Portable Hydrogen Fuel Cell
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New for 2013 - the myFC PowerTrekk Small Portable Hydrogen Fuel Cell, a revolutionary way to create electricity for recharging iPhones, GPS, Smart Phones, batteries, anything you want to power up in the field. Power comes from the hydrogen in plain water !
Take time to read and watch the videos abput the PowerTrek below. This is a big deal. It represents a radical change for backpacking and camping and the math for power / weight / resupply requirements. Products like this may spell the end of lugging large battery packs, worry about sunless days with solar panels, and more. Powerful enough for group use - no need to carry multiple devices. Remote electricity generation will never be the same. Plus it is clean ! Read on.
myFC PowerTrekk is the first portable fuel cell charger that runs on ordinary water. By using advanced fuel cell technology to convert hydrogen gas into electricity, myFC PowerTrekk can directly charge mobile phones and other USB-compatible electronic devices such as digital cameras and GPS units. The hybrid myFC PowerTrekk can also store electricity in its efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery until you need it.
How it Works:
The fuel cell inside the myFC PowerTrekk is a completely passive system. Without fans or pumps, the fuel cell silently converts hydrogen into electricity via its Proton Exchange Membrane. To power the fuel cell with hydrogen, simply add water to one side of the device and a myFC PowerTrekk Puck cartridge to the other side. myFC PowerTrekk Pucks are composed of a non-toxic solution containing 5 grams of sodium silicide.
Water reacts with sodium silicide to produce heat and an inert mineral called sodium silicate. Hydrogen from the water is unused in this process and is released for consumption by the fuel cell. The chemistry of the process is safe and the only bi-product from the fuel cell is a little water vapor. Expended myFC PowerTrekk Pucks can be recycled as metal waste.
Unlike solar-powered chargers, a fuel cell generates energy instantly and is not impacted by weather or solar position-it charges day or night, rain or shine. Unlike AA batteries, myFC PowerTrekk can deliver up to 1 Amp of continuous power to get your device charged quickly. In fact, the myFC PowerTrekk charges USB standard devices at virtually the same rate as plugging your device into an electrical wall outlet at home. myFC PowerTrekk is compact enough for travel, outdoor adventures off the grid, or stashing away at home for emergency situations.
The hybrid myFC PowerTrekk also provides the option to travel with just the smaller, lithium battery contained in the lid of the device. The battery can be initially charged by an outlet, a computer via USB, or by the internal fuel cell. This versatility makes myFC PowerTrekk an excellent charger for a variety of scenarios where you may not be able to rely upon the grid. myFC PowerTrekk and Pucks meet industry security standards and are approved to be carried aboard commercial airlines.
The myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell produces 2.5 watts at 5 volts, and runs for over two hours on one Puck. At 5 volts, myFC PowerTrekk will fully-charge all USB standard mobile phones, GPS, and cameras, and can also trickle-charge higher wattage devices such as an iPad or Kindle.
Whereas Solar Backpacking solutions stuggle just to keep one device charged and require long periods of direct sunlight, One Puck can typically charge MULTIPLE devices in the field and any excess goes into the internal battery of the PowerTrekk for use later. One PowerTrekk can keep a group of devices charged in the field, and works at night, and on cloudy days. This is truly a game changer for backpackers, adventurers and anyone who needs remote power.
What's in the Box:
myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell and Battery, product guide, quick start guide. Also includes the most popular adapters -- Mini USB, Micro USB, Apple iPhone 32 PIN adapter & standard USB-A charging cable.
myFC Powertrekk Pucks are sold separately in 3-packs (see sidebar).
• Instant power, anywhere, anytime
• Just add Puck and water to activate charging.
• Rechargable Fuel Cell holds 5.6 watt hours
• Pucks charge 4+ Watt Hours each
• Dimensions: 5" x 2.5" x 1.5" (12.7 cm x 6.4 cm x 3.8 cm)
• Weight-Battery only: 6.1 oz. (173 g)
• Weight: 8.5 oz. (240 g)
• 1 Year Warranty
THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND IT
myFC PowerTrekk uses green fuel cell technology, which cleanly and efficiently converts hydrogen into electricity. The ability to simply insert a myFC Puck and add water provides users with instant and limitless power on the go. Unlike solar chargers, fuel cell power is generated quickly (no waiting for sunlight harvesting) and reliably (charging speed not impacted by weather, solar position etc. and no power degradation like with batteries).
At the heart of the myFC PowerTrekk is myFC's proprietary FuelCellSticker technology. Made from foils and adhesives, the FuelCellStickers form a flexible unit, less than 2.75mm thick.
The fuel cell inside myFC PowerTrekk is a completely passive system. Without fans or pumps, the fuel cell silently converts hydrogen into electricity via its Proton Exchange Membrane.
The chemical process is safe, controllable and eco-friendly, and the only bi-product from the fuel cell is a little water vapor. To operate, hydrogen must be supplied to the fuel cell, and the fuel cell must be exposed to air.
myFC PowerTrekk and the myFC Puck meet industry security standards and can be brought on airplanes in the passenger cabin.
WHAT IS FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that transforms the chemical energy of a fuel (hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, gasoline etc.) and an oxidant (air or oxygen) into electrical energy. The fuel and the oxidant react at two different electrodes – the anode and the cathode – and are separated by an electrolyte that transmits ions (e.g. H+, OH- etc.) from one electrode to the other. Fuel cells have many similarities with batteries, but with the fundamental difference that the electrodes are not consumed in the process – a fuel cell will run as long as fuel and an oxidant (air) is provided to the electrodes.
WHAT IS HYDROGEN?
Hydrogen is the lightest and most abundant chemical element on earth. It makes up roughly 75 percent of the universe’s chemical element mass. Today large amounts of hydrogen are used as industry raw material. In the future hydrogen may also play an important role in society’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives. Hydrogen powered fuel cells can power anything from cars and boats to cell phones and computers. They can also be used to supply electricity and to heat houses.
HOW DOES HYDROGEN EFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT?
Hydrogen as an energy carrier is an alternative to fossil fuels and oil. The magnitude of the environmental gains made possible by the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier depend on how the hydrogen is produced and transported, as well as on how efficiently it is transformed.
There are two primary areas where the environmental potential of hydrogen is especially significant: in transportation and as an interim storage of renewable energy. Through the use of hydrogen, together with fuel cell technology, it is possible to achieve a radical decrease in local pollution from carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particles from the transportation sector.
The only emission from a fuel cell reacting with hydrogen is pure water.
Frequently asked Questions:
Q: What is a myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger?
A: myFC Powertrekk Fuel Cell Charger is the world´s first Water Charger. It is a 2-in-1 solution that is both a fuel cell and a portable battery pack used by people who spend time away from the electricity grid. myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger provides instant power anywhere to electronic equipment for all devices that can be charged via USB.
Q: What devices can I charge with my myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger?
A: Any device that can be charged via an USB port, i.e. 5V DC output. However, some devices can be powered via USB but are not truly usb-compatible. If such a device should require more power than the myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger rated output, charging is not possible.
Q: Am I totally independent from the power grid?
A: Yes, but to operate, hydrogen must be supplied to the fuel cell, and the fuel cell must be exposed to the open air. The fuel cell inside myFC PowerTrekk Charger silently converts hydrogen into electricity via the Proton Exchange Membrane in the Fuel Cell.
Q: Can I use my myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger without a myFC Puck?
A: Yes, the myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger is equipped with a 1500 mAh internal rechargeable battery for energy storage. You can charge your device with power from the Internal Battery only. You can also charge the Internal Battery via the Fuel Cell or from a usb energy source such as a PC computer or directly from the wall.
Q: What about the price?
A: myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger suggested retail price: $229
Q: What is the capacity of the myFC PowerTrekk Internal Battery?
A: 1500 mAh, i.e. the internal buffer can provide a current of 1500 mA during one hour.
Q: How many watt-hours can I get from one myFC Puck?
A: 4 watt-hours +/- 10%, depending on temperature, water quality, availability of air.
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