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Two Weeks of Portable Power in Your Pocket

Two Weeks of Portable Power in Your Pocket

Image source: nectarpower.com

In the near future, you could be carrying a portable power plant in your pocket that can provide all of the power you need to recharge your smartphone for a full two weeks, without ever needing to be plugged in.

The new technology, which is based on thin-film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology, but with a proprietary twist, is in the works in the form of a handheld charging device called the Nectar, capable of producing 55,000 mWh of energy from a single cartridge.

“To the consumer, it is like having a wall outlet in their pocket. The Power Pods are safe, easy-to-use, inexpensive and recyclable. The extended run-time and “instant recharge” features of the nectar™ provides long-lasting power for consumer electronics devices users, and its ability to work with multiple devices reduces the need for consumers to carry multiple cables and power adapters. nectar has been engineered to be environmentally friendly – six times more efficient than a traditional charger that is plugged into a wall outlet. Equivalently stated, the nectar can cut the consumers’ carbon footprint by 83% when charging their devices.” – Nectar Power

The Nectar Power system, which has a standard USB 2.0 port for delivering power to devices, uses “pods” that are hot-swappable and recyclable to provide the juice to it, and is rated at 2.5W of peak power. Each pod is said to have 55,000 mWh of energy in it, which is enough to recharge a typical smartphone up to 10 times, giving users access to a lot of reserve power in a small package.

The company behind the Nectar, Lilliputian, claims that their proprietary Silicon Power Cell™ technology enables a portable power solution that is 10 times lighter and 5 times smaller than batteries, and offers 5-10x run-time improvement over similar devices. This device could feasibly let us “cut that last wire” in our wireless culture.

“Right now, every single thing about your laptop, your phone, your digital camera — everything has gotten smaller and better. You’ve gotten bigger screens, touchscreens, more memory, faster Internet speed, faster antennas, more applications. Everything has gotten better — except power. You’re still living with a plug in your pocket.

Right now, I’ll bet that if you open your purse or your laptop bag, there is a plug/some kind of USB port to charge your phone. You are literally carrying one wire in this wireless world. And we’re going to cut that last wire.”
Mouli Ramani, Lilliputian VP Marketing and Business Development

Nectar isn’t out on the open market yet, but is expected to retail for about $300, with each new pod costing about $10. If you want to be one of the first to know when it will be released, you can sign up on their website.

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