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Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has released a pocket sized refillable hydrogen fuel cell! It's designed to charge small devices on the go. 

http://www.horizonfuelcell.com/store/minipak.htm

$99? I think I have a birthday coming up... 




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techturtle2 (author)2010-07-30

you can mahe your own for about 10 USD like this:

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kelseymh (author)techturtle22010-07-30

That's not a fuel cell. That's an electrolysis setup. You might look up "fuel cell" in Wikipedia to learn more about what's involved.

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techturtle2 (author)kelseymh2010-07-30

You can colect the hydrogen and use it to fuel whatever.

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PKM (author)techturtle22010-07-31

Yes, you can, but that doesn't make it a fuel cell. A fuel cell does what your device does but the other way around (turn hydrogen into electricity).

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techturtle2 (author)PKM2010-07-31

Oh ok... I'm new to " Green " technology, so I didn't know.

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kelseymh (author)2010-06-22

More than $99, by an unknown (but presumably large) amount! From the product description,

While a cartridge replacement and filling infrastructure develops, Horizon took the extra step to develop a home refueling system called "HydroFILL" - sold as a separate accessory for added convenience.

By "convenience," I think they mean "profit." On the same page, one discovers that their solar-powered electrolytic hydrogen generator (H-Fill) is not available yet, and you must "contact [them] for pricing."

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Culturespy (author)kelseymh2010-06-22

I wouldn't get too upset just yet. It's really new and their still working out a lot of details but it is intended to be an item suitable for the mass market. Jumping to the conclusion that it's a presumably large amount is a bit premature since they view rechargeable batteries as competition. It does say "at a lower cost than existing rechargeable or disposable battery-based options." Cheer up already! :) You could always just build your own DIY charging station and hack the system.

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