Power your iPod with hydrogen

British boffin-corp Voller has launched a hydrogen fuel cell battery charger that’ll juice-up just about anything you want and leave no harmful by-pro

British boffin-corp Voller has launched a hydrogen fuel cell battery charger that’ll juice-up just about anything you want and leave no harmful by-products . It has 240v AC, 12v DC and USB power outputs to charge anything that uses mains, car charger or USB charging and – for our green fingered pleasure - creates no harmful by-products.

Voller’s fuel cell battery charger gives our mundane existence a much-needed injection of sci-fi, while doing its bit for the environment. The Automatic Battery Charger (ABC) uses bottled hydrogen and has 240v AC, 12v DC and USB power outputs to charge just about anything you fancy. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the only waste product is pure water.

It’ll run a laptop for roughly 12-hours on one canister of hydrogen, or a USB gadget (an iPod, for example) for the best part of a week. It’s the perfect companion for people who work, or play, out in the wilderness.

Hydrogen is hardly the most inert of gases, but the ABC’s status is constantly monitored by a computer, adjusting the flow of air, hydrogen and water to match the power load. Or screaming: “Run! Save yourself!”

Before we reveal the toe-curling price of the ABC, we should point out that this is cutting-edge. Fuel cells, say Voller, might one day replace conventional batteries altogether.

Today, though, one ABC will set you back £4000. A hydrogen canister costs £200, but the refilling mechanism is a more manageable £25. Eek. Can we just have one refilling mechanism please?

More info at www.voller.com.