Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell Device Charger

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell Device Charger (photo: Toshiba)

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell Device Charger (photo: Toshiba)

The first commercially available fuel cell device charger is here! (Well, technically it’s only “here” if you’re reading this in Japan, but that should soon change). Toshiba’s Dynario charger packs fuel cell technology into a portable package that can provide instant power to a dead mobile phone or other gadget, completely off the grid.

The Dynario uses small amounts of highly concentrated methanol along with ambient oxygen to create the power-producing chemical reaction. Users simply add a pre-packaged dose of methanol to the charger, which generates enough juice in a matter of seconds to fully charge two mobile phones. An internal lithium-ion battery stores the power that’s created, and the Dynario uses a standard USB cable as its output.

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell Device Charger (photo: Toshiba)

Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell Device Charger (photo: Toshiba)

The limited run of 3,000 units was released in Japan at the end of October, retailing for about US$330. Replacement methanol packs are available for around $6 each. Toshiba states that it is treating the Dynario as a sort of market test, keeping a close eye on consumers’ reactions to the charger. As mobile devices continue to get more power-thirsty, more advanced fuel cell chargers are likely to appear in other markets worldwide.

Toshiba Japan – Dynario Press Release

Comments

  1. Lindy Cheng says

    And you would want to depend on methanol, a toxic substance that can cause permanent liver damage and blindness if there is sufficiently prolonged skin exposure or accidental ingestion; so flammable it was banned from planes even before the new security procedures went into place; and where the usage for energy generation does not reduce your carbon footprint because…..???

  2. Juan says

    I agree with Lindy is not a good way of charging stuff, they should use solar energy instead of this which is way cleaner, this produces waste after using it, or where do you think the cartridge goes? also where do you thing the left overs from the processed methanol go? aren’t we trying to stop depending on fuels?

  3. err says

    To be entirely condescending here, the world is trying to shift aware from Fossil fuels, as in fuel we have to extract from the ground, Methanol is one of those fuels that can be derived from cellulose or other organic materials. We are always going to be reliant on fuels for transport, mobile electronics or anything else that requires power to operate. Solar cells are a nice idea, but are severly limited in terms of power availability and location.

    This device is obviously designed for recharging mobile devices, where solar panel charging is either inefficient or unavailable. And, to answer the risks? You’d need significant quantities BY INGESTION ALONE of it to poison you and if you’re stupid enough to drink the stuff you’re probably deserving of the grim fate you get.

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