Ideally hydrogen would power our homes, our cars and just about anything that creates a signicant carbon footprint. A few years ago Honda hit the market with a Hydrogen car, dubbed the FCX Clarity, but it was a losing proposition for the company and a six figure endeavor for any interested party who wanted to own their own. As a result, production was and remains extremely limited and Honda says we won’t see a “cheap” version of the vehicle untio at least 2018. But if you can’t wait to jump on the hydrogen wagon, we’ve got good news, albeit in a much smaller, less carbon influencing package.
The PowerTrekk is a portable charger designed to work with 5V USB devices. It’s the same pitch as Mophie, but unlike them, the PowerTrekk doesn’t require an external power source or “the grid” to juice up your favorite gadgets – though their PowerTrekk does includes a 1500mAh battery as a backup. Instead, you just need to add a tablespoon of water to the device, insert a fresh PowerTrekk puck, and through the magic of hydrogen technology, you can recharge your gear.
Unfortunately, each puck is only good for one cycle, so don’t think you can ditch your tradiional charger in favor of this one, at least not yet. However, despite it’s shortcoming, the PowerTrekk, much like Honda’s Clarity vehicle, is a step in the right direction. While they haven’t said, we can only assume it’s just a matter of time until pucks will work multiple times over, though cost might increase from $4 to whatever factor they’re good for, but the usefulness of such a device is unquauntifiable at this point.
The PowerTrekk will go on sale this Spring for $229.