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Methanol powered mobile phone charger from Samsung

Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology has developed a fuel cell that can charge a mobile phone in a few hours. The cell weighs 180 grams and can fully charge a drained battery in just 2 hours.The cell uses hydrogen, methanol and air to generate 2 Watts of power. Researchers have claimed that the test units have successfully charged phones 200 times in a row.

All you need for the cell to work is a 10 cc methanol cartridge that is good for two recharges that will cost you somewhere around $1 each. Samsung is also working to develop such a technology for PDAs and Laptops and the company expects to make the cells available within two to three years.

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