Nokia Says Fuel Cells Not Ready For Prime Time Just Yet

from the so-much-for-that-plan dept

Just months after jumping on the fuel cell bandwagon and claiming the technology was "reasonably mature," it looks like Nokia has seen some more signs of adolescence in the technology. They're holding off on plans to develop fuel cell phones, and don't believe such phones will be available for a few years. Fuel cell still seem quite overhyped. While they will provide much longer battery life, people may not like them for a very simple reason: it takes them back to buying new "fuel" for their devices all the time. Notice how almost all gadgets these days now use rechargeable batteries? People don't like having to constantly buy new batteries and replace the old ones. However, they don't seem to have as much of a problem recharging batteries. With fuel cells, the cells will come in containers that the average person will simply assume are batteries -- and you're back to having to replace batteries instead of recharge them.

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    shooter mcgavin, Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 2:23pm


    it was my understanding that fuel cells only need to have the methanol replaced. you recharge/refill using a small container similar to a bic lighter and filled with very dilute methanol. pop the cap, pour a couple drops into the fuel cell and you're set for a few more hours. the little container could presumably be refilled from a jug you buy wholesale at costco which would last your family a few months.

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    Mike (profile), Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 2:31pm

    Re: ?

    Most of the efforts like that got people worried about people handling/spilling methanol... so then people came up with replaceable "cartridges" filled with methanol, so that no one would ever see the actual methanol. And that... is just like a battery.

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    dorpus, Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 4:58pm

    Public Health Hazard

    Methanol will make you drunk but will also turn you blind. If some kid drinks their parent's recharging kit and turns blind, Nokia will be faced with bad PR.

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    Traveler, Mar 4th, 2005 @ 12:24am

    Can't take them on planes either

    One of the other disadvantages for fuel cells is that methanol can't be taken on a plane. In many cases, the early adopters for these would also be travellers so there's not much of a market there...

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 4th, 2005 @ 10:35am

    Re: Can't take them on planes either

    But if Dorpus adopt this technology & drinks from a methanol filled fuel cell we can all rejoice when he keels over dead ...

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2006 @ 2:07am

    Re: Public Health Hazard

    That's like saying that Drano will be faced with bad PR if some kid drinks it.

    Just put a Mr. Yuck sticker on the thing.

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