No need to plug smartphones into the wall with this clever portable charging device
A butane-powered smartphone charger that can keep an iPhone going for up to two weeks was on show at CES 2013.
Called Nectar, the device uses disposable butane cartridges about the size and weight of a cigarette lighter to fully charge iPhone or Android smartphones up to ten times.
The whole unit weighs only 235g and while bulkier than a smartphone it isn't particularly cumbersome. It can charge any USB 2 device, but will soon be able to charge laptops too.
Nectar has also been certified as safe for use on planes, so can be taken onboard as hand luggage and used to charge devices during long haul flights. It is compatible with phones, media players, Kindle, hand hand games consoles and digital cameras. The USB port on the Nectar can be used to plug in any compatible charging cable.
The standard unit costs $300 (£187) with replacement butane cartridges priced at $10 (£6) each. It will go on sale through Brookstone later this year; the company suggested it should be available for shipment to the UK too.
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