Toshiba demos new eco charging solutions

Most of the green charging solutions we're used to seeing are somewhat flawed. Solar powered chargers can be a bit tricky with our less-than-sunny Eng

While Toshiba unveiled a lot of its coming-to-market products at its press conference yesterday, it also unveiled a couple of charging solutions it's looking to bring to the UK market at some point in the future.

The first is a portable fuel-cell charger, named the Dynario charger and spotted out in the Japanese market late last year.

The charger is powered by methanol, which creates electricity when it is mixed with water and air. One 50ml charge will reportedly recharge a phone battery twice, and is injected directly into the Dynario. You then hook your gadget up for AC-less charging wherever you are.

The downside of this is we were not told prices, so it could well be that the buying of the device and all the methanol capsules will work out quite pricey. We'll keep you updated.

The other power solution they showed off was the SCiB (super charge ion battery) - a rechargeable battery with 10 times the lifespan of a regular lithium ion battery (more than 6,000 charge cycles).

The beauty of this is it charges to 90% full in as little as 5 minutes, so you don't need to remember to plug it in hours before you need it.

As you can see from the snaps, it's pretty big at the moment (although light), but Toshiba's senior product manager for laptops Ken Chan said he thought it could get considerably smaller by the time the device is brought to market over here.

It's certainly interesting to see what we might be packing in our festival bags in the future - Toshiba even spoke about bringing a range of LED lightbulbs to the UK that would have a 15 year lifespan. That would save all those pesky lightbulb changes...

Let us know what you think to Toshiba's future products below.