Nothing worse than having a long day and not having a chance to charge your smartphone. Well no need to have a charger at work, home and the car with this new portable battery charger. Check it out after the jump.
You know that nervous feeling you get when you realize your smartphone is about to die? Well, a new device set to hit store shelves at Brookstone later this year may just eliminate that anxiety.
The device — a portable fuel cell USB charger made by a company called Lilliputian Systems — promises to be able to charge your smartphone up to 14 times with a single recyclable cartridge before running out of juice. The portable battery charger, which will be branded and sold under the Brookstone brand, is about the size of a deck of cards and uses small cartridges filled with butane to generate power. It will provide power to any device with a USB cable, including smartphones, mobile handsets, MP3 music players, and digital cameras.
Massachusetts-based Lilliputian Systems on Tuesday announced the partnership, which will make Brookstone the first retailer to carry the portable USB power source. The device will be sold via Brookstone’s catalog, on its website, and in retail stores, including airport and mall locations. The product will be allowed on planes, making it perfect for frequent travelers.
“Today’s smartphones use much more power, increasing the need for a more efficient way to recharge when on the go,” Steven Schwartz, vice president of merchandising and product development at Brookstone, said in a statement. “Lilliputian’s groundbreaking technology provides power, wherever and whenever you need it. This breakthrough aligns well with our commitment to innovative solutions that make life easier.”
Pricing for the Brookstone fuel cell has not been disclosed, though one report indicates it may cost between $100 and $200. Recharge cartridges for the device will reportedly cost less than $5. The news comes the same day that Samsung and Qualcomm teamed up for the Alliance for Wireless Power, which will push the development of wireless charging technologies.