Apple patents fuel cell that can provide “weeks of power”

Filed March 16 and published September 3, the patent describes a fuel cell system used to charge a “portable electronic device”, which is effectively defined in the patent as any computer with a di…

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Filed March 16 and published September 3, the patent describes a fuel cell system used to charge a “portable electronic device”, which is effectively defined in the patent as any computer with a display, a processor, and memory.   Chances are, you said “battery life”. Be it on a smartphone, tablet, notebook or even just a TV remote, it’s something which we can’t get our mind away from, because deep down inside we secretly know that the battery will eventually give up the ghost, leaving us absolutely stranded in between what we were doing.   There is, of course, no such thing as a free lunch, and fuel cell systems require the fuel to be replenished once it is exhausted, which the patent addresses by referencing removable cartridges. The patent drops the term “MagSafe connector”, which could mean that AAPL is looking to use the batteries in its MacBooks.  With longer battery life the Holy Grail for most hardware manufacturers, Apple could soon be turning to fuel cells to help its devices last for weeks between charges.   It details a “portable and cost-effective fuel cell system for a portable computing device”, which could use several different energy sources to provide power. Simply put, this would be an internal power system that could run a laptop for “days or even weeks without refueling”, according to the application.  As far as patent applications go, this one seems pretty broad; for example, it mentions many possible fuel sources, ranging from lithium hydride and water mix to liquid hydrogen.   It is also worth mentioning that only a tiny portion of Apple’s patents make it into actual products, and majority are patented in order to stop the competing companies from getting their hands on certain technologies.

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