Hydrogen has long been hailed as the power source of the future. This abundantly available element can be fused with oxygen to provide a limitless supply of clean energy, but its use has hitherto been confined to expensive prototypes. However, it’s now possible to put a hydrogen reactor in your pocket, thanks to a remarkable new device from Brunton.
Self-descriptively titled the Hydrogen Reactor, this ingenious handheld gadget contains a pair of compact and removable hydrogen cores. Acting as its energy source, these cores react with oxygen carried in the air to generate a 5V 2A electrical output. That is sufficient to fully recharge an iPhone half a dozen times, and when the hydrogen cores are exhausted, they can be replenished at a cost of just £4 per cell.
The benefits of the Hydrogen Reactor go far beyond cost savings, however. This is a completely environmentally friendly way to charge any USB-powered device, including cameras, tablets, GPS systems and even water purifiers. Since hydrogen and oxygen combine to produce water (which is where the hydrogen in each core has originally been sourced from), no chemicals or waste products are generated, and cores can be replenished using Brunton’s proprietary Hydrolyser.
Weighing just 216 grams when fully charged, the Reactor is lightweight and easy to transport, while its vibrant colour palette includes yellow and orange casings, alongside a more sober black option. There is a dedicated Optimiser button on the device, to manage the power needed to charge up different devices. Taken as a whole, this is unquestionably a cooler and greener method of recharging gadgets than conventional battery packs, and it avoids the manual labour demanded by wind-up chargers.
Even though it was only unveiled recently, the Hydrogen Reactor has already started winning awards, and to underline its long-term dependability, this charging system comes with a no-quibble lifetime guarantee as well. Priced at £135, the Hydrogen Reactor will be launched in November alongside its accompanying Hydrolyser, and it will be available from the bruntoneurope.com website and various outdoor retailers.