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  • British Firm Reportedly Modifies an iPhone 6 to Be Powered By a Hydrogen Fuel Cell


    Modern iPhones run on Lithium-Ion batteries as their power sources, along with various other competing smartphones, but the future of smartphone power sources remains unclear as break-though power source options continue to emerge from the wood works.

    But a recent power source conversion is getting a lot more attention as of late; one that actually utilizes hydrogen.

    British firm Intelligent Energy has reportedly modified an iPhone 6 so that in addition to the lithium ion battery, the iPhone also houses an internal hydrogen fuel cell that can last an entire week on a single fill, as The Telegraph reports.

    Despite the fact that all of the technology fit inside of the iPhone 6 without having to modify too much of the device, small modifications were necessary for the retrofit. For example, the headphone jack needed to be re-purposed into a re-fill port and small slots had to be made into the iPhone's shell so that any vapors from the hydrogen fuel cell could escape.

    Quote Originally Posted by Intelligent Energy
    We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery. This is a major step because if you are moving to a new technology you have to give people a path they are comfortable with.
    Although this is just a prototype, any future implementation of this technology in any type of smartphone would require a slot on the side of the device where the cartridge could be easily removed or installed.

    With battery life being one the biggest hurdles of current mobile electronics technology, this is a huge breakthrough that could one day change the industry, assuming people are willing to shell out the money for disposable cartridges.

    The Telegraph has reportedly laid eyes on the modified iPhone and confirmed its existence and working condition, debunking mostly all doubt that such a prototype exists.

    Intelligent Energy says that if implemented, this technology would be ready for the general public within just a couple of years, even if Apple isn't the first company to implement such a feature:

    Quote Originally Posted by Intelligent Energy
    Our view is that this is a couple of years out but really itís about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?
    As expected, Apple is keeping their mouth shut about the breakthrough when asked.

    Source: The Telegraph
    This article was originally published in forum thread: British Firm Reportedly Modifies an iPhone 6 to Be Powered By a Hydrogen Fuel Cell started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Does that mean the phone will float like a balloon? [emoji15]
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I definitely wouldn't want this to ever be the only option for recharging an iPhone, unless it lasted a few months or something. Replacing the cartridges is essentially like changing batteries?
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Does that mean the phone will float like a balloon? [emoji15]
      No, but it would explode like the Hindenberg. LOL



      This is actually pretty cool. If phones used Li-Ion along with hydrogen you could be away from power for quite awhile and still have juice.
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      This would be super cool, just so long as it didn't come with it stock or require it as the only power source. It would be helpful if you planned on being away from a power source for an extended period of time for some odd reason. However, in most normal peoples' lives this is a rather large waste of time and technological advancement. Do something useful like finding a way like Li-On to make a very easy to recharge battery that doesn't have to be swapped out constantly or emitting fumes.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      How about taking out the battery? if it lasts a week with the battery without it it would last 4 maybe 6 weeks since the fuel cell could be bigger, And would not the WT be a lot less then?
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Does that mean the phone will float like a balloon? [emoji15]
      That's helium
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      That's helium
      Hydrogen gas, like helium, is lighter than air, so it will float too.
    1. Perlova's Avatar
      Perlova -
      This sounds like a joke, is this April 1st?
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Hydrogen gas, like helium, is lighter than air, so it will float too.
      +additional HW for hydrogen systems -hydrogen buoyancy effect = no net weight gain or lighter phone? Hmmmm...