Toshiba launches first domestic fuel-cell charger
Dynario ready to top up phone, media player batteries
Toshiba has launched its first direct methanol fuel-cell (DMFC) product: Dynario, an external power source for “mobile digital consumer products”.
Toshiba's Dynario makes power from highly-concentrated methanol
Once filled with an injection of methanol solution, Dynario is able to generate electricity that can be transferred to, say, a mobile phone or MP3 player over a USB connection.
Each fuel cartridge holds 50ml of “highly-concentrated methanol”, yet Toshiba claimed this enables Dynario to generate enough power to charge two mobile phones.
Dynario measures 150 x 21 x 74mm, weighs 280g when empty and has a 14ml fuel tank capacity – meaning that each fuel cartridge will give you at least three full refills.
Squeezy does it
An initial batch of 3000 Dynario units will be available in Japan from today, priced at ¥28,900 (£191/$316/€211) each. If the DMFC gadget proves successful with power-hungry punters then a wider roll-out could follow. ®
So what are the chances of scaling this up so we can run a car off similar fuel cells?
I mean it wouldn't take too much to change the infrastructure from petrol to methanol, would it?
@miknik - You Have to Laugh...
Mate - even as a tech-mad young lad - I DID berate the TV when it first came out as a 12" 405-line B&W single channel £100 (1000s in today's money) eyesore! I let the tech-mad nerds queue for them, and didn't buy one for 2 decades until I had multi-channels and affordable prices. I still don't have HD flat-screen, and won't be buying until I see something on those screens worth watching. 'Concept models' belong in labs, not our homes.
To be fair, it's probably earlier buyers who establish markets, eventually bring down prices. In which case, please be my guest...
£200 for a battery charger?
£200 for a battery charger? no thanks.